Former Trump White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, might blame former President Trump in the Georgia RICO case, according to a new report.
Meadows, one of 19 co-defendants, waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to 2020 election subversion charges in Fulton County.
Politico reports Meadows’ attorney is putting the blame on Trump after he arranged a Jan. 2, 2021 phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes as Trump alleged election interference.
The following is from the Politico article:
“There’s a lot of statements by Mr. Trump. Mr. Meadows’ speaking roles were quite limited,” Meadows’ lawyer, Michael Francisco, observed as he cross-examined Raffensperger, who was called to testify by prosecutors.
“He didn’t make a request that you change the vote totals — Mr. Meadows, himself?” Francisco continued.
“Correct,” Raffensperger replied.
Meadows made clear in his own testimony at last week’s hearing that Trump viewed the false electors as a significant part of his strategy to remain in power. He said he sent an email pushing the campaign to assemble those slates because he feared a tongue-lashing from Trump.
“What I didn’t want to happen was for the campaign to prevail in court action and not have this” lined up, he said.
“Why?” prosecutor Anna Cross asked him.
“Because I knew I’d be yelled at by the president of the United States,” he said.