Mark Meadows pleads NOT GUILTY in Georgia – as report claims he could be about to FLIP on his old boss
- Meadows is the latest to submit a written plea to avoid on-camera arraignment
- The former White House chief of staff plead not guilty as he also seeks to get his case moved to federal court where he thinks he will get a more fair trial
Meadows became the latest of the 19 co-defendants, including the ex-President, to waive Wednesday’s arraignment and avoid an appearance that will be broadcast live on TV.
He pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges accusing him of trying to help Trump steal Joe Biden‘s election victory.
Meadows is free on $100,000 bail and is fighting to have his case moved to federal court.
Lawyers for once Trump’s top White House aide argue that he was acting in his official capacity as a government employee in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Meadows’ legal team also doesn’t believe he can get a fair trial with a jury pool from Fulton County.
The court filing came hours after a report claimed Meadows and other co-defendants could be preparing to turn on Trump to save themselves.
Attorneys for Meadows have paid more attention to Trump’s prominent role in the bid to overturn the results, according to Politico.
It suggests their legal strategy could focus on pinning Trump as the ‘primary driver’.
An example they used was the infamous January 2, 2021 phone call where Trump asked Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘find 11,780’ votes, which is the exact amount he needed for a victory over Joe Biden in the Peach State.
Meadows’ lawyers insist that his role in the call was ‘minor’ even though he arranged it.
Trump and 18 other co-defendants, including Meadows, were indicted last month by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia with racketeering charges, among others, related to the scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Many co-defendants have already submitted in writing their not guilty pleas to avoid the on camera arraignment scheduled for Wednesday in Fulton County.
Among those charged in the indictment are several lawyers for the ex-President involved in trying to get him a 2020 victory. This includes Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, John Eastman and Jenna Ellis.