Ex-Trump official Mark Meadows testifies to move Georgia indictment

 August 29, 2023

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows testified on Monday for several hours in Fulton County during a surprise hearing.

Meadows argued in an attempt to move his charges to federal court where he hopes to have them dropped.

The charges

"Meadows was charged with two counts in a 41-count indictment that named himself, former President Donald Trump, and 17 others. Meadows is being charged under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute for soliciting an official to violate his oath of office," Breitbart News reported.

"Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis pointed to Meadows’ involvement in setting up calls between Trump and various state legislators as evidence of his alleged violation of state law," it added.

A preview of Trump?

"The Aug. 28 hearing is being closely watched because this is the first time that substantive arguments have been made in court in any of the four criminal cases that have been brought against former President Donald Trump and his fellow defendants this year," the Epoch Times reported.

"Some liken the Aug. 28 hearing to a mini-trial for President Trump and his co-defendants and speculate that the treatment Mr. Meadows receives will be a bellwether for how the various Trump-related prosecutions will proceed," it continued.

No ruling yet

"U.S. District Judge Steve Jones did not make a ruling at the hearing and will issue one in writing at a later time, according to multiple reports," the Hill reported.

"The proceeding was the first substantive hearing in Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Fani Willis’s (D) criminal case against former President Trump and 18 others over their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Meadows faces two counts," it noted.

In addition to Meadows, Trump and 17 other co-defendants are involved in the Fulton County charges.

All but one of the defendants posted bail, including Trump, who bonded out on $200,000 after having his mug shot taken.

The drama will continue to build as Trump's trial is scheduled and the situation could grow more serious as he seeks a comeback bid for the White House.

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