TThe South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to review Mark Meadows’ efforts to block a subpoena issued against him in Georgia’s Fulton County criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Fulton County investigators, led by District Attorney Fani Willis, attempted to subpoena Trump’s former chief of staff back in August, but Meadows quickly waged a court battle in response. A county-level court ruled that he must comply with the subpoena in October, but Meadows appealed to the state Supreme Court, which will now consider his request.
“The application for certification is granted,” read Meadows’ brief decision on his appeal said on Monday, signed by South Carolina Chief Justice Donald Beatty and four other state judges.
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Back in October, Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller found Meadows to be a “necessary and essential” witness in the Fulton County investigation and dismissed his offer to vacate a subpoena filed against him on Wednesday. A lawyer for Meadows was quick to say he would appeal.
“[Meadows] has unique knowledge regarding the logistics, planning, execution and subject matter of the Jan. 2, 2021 telephone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger,” Fulton County explained of its pursuit of the Meadows testimony. “The awaited testimony is essential that it is likely to reveal additional sources of information.”
Meadows’ attorney James Bannister argued that Meadows was not a material witness in the case, citing Trump’s claim of executive privilege as reason to vacate the subpoena.
Meadows’ legal team asserted that “a certificate of attendance issued as a result of a civil investigation in Fulton County, Georgia, has no effect in South Carolina.”
Willis launched the investigation last year after audio surfaced of a call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in early January 2021, in which Trump said, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” in the Peach State, the alleged number had to reverse his loss to President Joe Biden.
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A special grand jury was appointed in May to help with the investigation. Fulton County investigators have subpoenaed a number of high-profile witnesses to testify. Ex-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are among those who have also been subpoenaed into the Fulton County investigation.
Attorney General Merrick Garland separately selected longtime DOJ prosecutor Jack Smith as a special counsel to investigate Trump in connection with the events surrounding January 6, 2021 and implicate the allegedly classified recordings obtained during the FBI’s Mar -a-Lago were found in August.