Updated Oct 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Mark Meadows asks judge to reject subpoena in Georgia election probe

Photo of Mark Meadows looking at Donald Trump

Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows listens as Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the White House on Oct. 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Sarah Silbiger via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is urging a judge to reject an effort to subpoena him as part of a 2020 election probe in Georgia, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Meadows, who was on the line for a January 2021 phone call during which former President Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes," would serve as a key witness in the Fulton County investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

  • Meadows was also present for an audit of Georgia's election results in December 2020.
  • He is arguing that he can't be compelled to testify because the special grand jury's investigation doesn't meet the standard for a criminal probe, per Politico.

Worth noting: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also resisted a subpoena in the same probe and appealed its enforcement to the Supreme Court, which temporarily blocked the subpoena this week.

The big picture: The special grand jury has subpoenaed several Trump allies in recent months, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

  • Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified before the special grand jury this year, CNN notes.
  • Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said she won’t rule out the possibility of subpoenaing Trump himself.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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