According to a new report, former chief of staff Mark Meadows is reportedly laying the foundation to assist Georgia prosecutors in their pursuit of a conviction against former president Donald Trump on racketeering and conspiracy charges linked to Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election.
It has been speculated that several of the 19 defendants arrested in the case, including Trump, may reach plea bargains with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
According to reports, ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen stated that history has taught the 18 co-defendants that “Donald doesn’t care about anybody except himself.”
In court, when discussing the January 2 phone call between Trump and Raffensberger, Meadows distanced himself.
Meadows set up the call. But his lawyer pointed out that Meadows played a minor role in the conversation. Mr. Meadows was not given many opportunities to speak,” stated Meadows’ attorney, Michael Francisco.
When Francisco asked Raffensberger if Meadows asked him to “change vote tallies,” Raffensberger said he did not.
In actuality, Trump requested that they “find” 11,780 votes because “he won the state.” That is far different than saying Trump asked anyone to cheat.
Republican Party of Georgia Chair David Shafer in the 2020 Election has already blamed Trump.
In a court filing last month, Shafer’s attorneys said that he and the other Republican Electors in the 2020 election “acted at the instruction of the current president and other government authorities.”
William Shipley, an attorney, predicted that Trump would claim extensive presidential immunity and that everyone else would defer to his authority.
According to an opinion piece by Harry Litman published in the Los Angeles Times, Meadows may be trying to avoid punishment by transferring the matter to federal court and then claiming the Supremacy Clause, “which defines the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes as ‘the paramount law of the land.'”
The defense argues that federal law precedes state law; thus, Meadows cannot be prosecuted for any offense in Georgia.