During his testimony, Meadows reiterated this argument, stating that his post-2020 election activities were within his official duties as chief of staff. He said that as part of his role, he had to ensure that Trump focused on the 2020 campaign. Meadows testified that there was a political component to everything they did, as he was invited to almost every meeting the president had.
Prior to Meadows’ court appearance, a Georgia state court scheduled the arraignment for Meadow, Trump, and 17 other defendants in the case for September 6. The arraignments will take place in 15-minute intervals, but it is unclear whether the defendants will appear in person or via Zoom.
The defendants are facing charges related to racketeering and other crimes in their alleged attempt to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Prosecutors argue that Meadows’ actions violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activity by federal employees. They claim that his actions were explicitly political and intended to keep Trump in office.
Meadows is accused of participating in meetings with state lawmakers and communicating with them to help Trump hold onto power. He was also involved in a phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021, during which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes necessary for him to win the state.
Please note that this story is based in part on wire reports.