Trump’s former chief of staff will have to testify about attempted fraud

Former US President Donald Trump’s (2017-2021) chief of staff, Mark Meadows, will have to testify before a grand jury on efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia, where Democrat Joe Biden won. .

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court denied Meadows’ request to avoid making a statement and forced him to testify before the Atlanta, Georgia grand jury investigating the case.

The five judges of the Court considered that the petition of Meadows lacked merit after reviewing the arguments presented.

Last week, another close Trump aide, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, finally testified before the same grand jury after months of trying to avoid it through court battles.

Graham had filed a petition before the United States Supreme Court to avoid appearing before the Atlanta jury, but the country’s highest court overturned his attempt.

The case falls within investigations in Georgia into whether Trump and others, including Meadows and Graham, lobbied that state’s political representatives in connection with the 2020 election results.

Trump denounced without evidence a massive electoral fraud that gave Biden victory and a mob of supporters of the Republican stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to stop the ratification of the Democrat’s victory.

In Georgia and other US states, special grand juries cannot issue criminal indictments, but they do have the power to subpoena witnesses and subpoena documents in a process that takes place in secret.

At the end of their mission, these types of juries, made up of between 16 and 23 people, issue a report with their conclusions and sometimes recommend some measures, but it is up to the prosecutors to decide whether or not to accuse, something for which they would need to present evidence to another grand jury.