Mark Meadows has reportedly testified before a federal grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Jack Smith in exchange for immunity from prosecution in the Justice Department’s election interference case against Donald Trump.
According to ABC News, the former White House chief of staff has testified under oath at least three times, twice before the special counsel’s office and once to a grand jury, regarding the investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Meadows reportedly testified that he had told the former president the election was lost and, according to sources, testified to the DOJ that “obviously we didn’t win.”
Close advisers to Trump have long suspected that Meadows would flip on him. In June, sources who spoke to Rolling Stone stated that Meadows was referred to as a “rat” among Trump’s inner circle, and indicated that the former president had sent allies on a “small fact-finding mission” to ascertain what Meadows had been telling investigators.
Meadows has long been seen as the figure responsible for arranging an infamous phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call Trump requested that Raffensperger “find” the 11,780 votes he needed to win Georgia.
Meadows was indicted alongside Trump in a separate case in Georgia. Meadows, the former president, and 17 others were charged with participating in a widespread racketeering scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election in August, and the former president’s phone call with Raffensperger featured heavily in the charging documents. In August, as part of a bid to move the Georgia case to federal court, Meadows argued that his arrangement and presence during the phone call was simply a part of his job.
As previously reported by Politico, Meadows’ testimony to Georgia prosecutors has provided hints that he may be prepared to flip on Trump there, as well.
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