Georgia’s secretary of state said it had only 45 minutes of notice of Meadows arriving in Cobb County, and it had banned him from the room where state investigators were checking the signatures of absentee ballots. A day earlier, Trump publicly complained that the audit was too slow after making unfounded claims that Georgia’s signature verification system was rife with fraud.
Meadows’s voyage began a series of meetings and conversations during a pressure campaign by Trump and his allies that culminated in a January 2 phone call, in which Trump spoke to the secretary of state. Georgia to “find” the number of votes he needs to win. That call, starring Meadows and others, is now the focus of the Atlanta investigation into whether Trump and his allies would have criminally interfered with the 2020 election in an attempt to overturn. reverse his Georgia loss to Democrat Joe Biden or not, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Meadows’s trip also highlights the prominent role of a top aide in events being investigated by Fulton County Attorney Fani Willis. He was among the eight participants identified during the January 2 call, according to a log, and he started the call with everyone’s recommendations on it. Meadows then pressed Georgia officials for legal access to private voter information, a request they declined, the transcript showed.
A person with direct knowledge of the county attorney’s investigation told Reuters the office would likely issue a summons of evidence for most or all of those involved in the call.