The Fulton County district attorney investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election is seeking testimony from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to court documents.
Push the news: Prosecutor Fani Willis also filed petitions Thursday for testimony from other Trump allies, including former campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, ex-campaign attorney Sidney Powell and retired Army Colonel James Phil Waldron.
- Meadows officials did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
Why it matters: Meadows and Powell are among Trump’s closest allies to be subpoenaed into the investigation, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) and Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who appeared before the special jury last week.
- Powell and Waldron make unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
details: The testimonies serve as a precursor to subpoenas in a trial, which is required because they don’t live in Georgia, according to the AP.
- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who oversees the special grand jury, signed the petitions and confirmed that the testimonies are a “necessary and essential” witness to the investigation, the AP reported.
The big picture: The special jury has until May 2023 to meet, but the Fulton County prosecutor has said the investigation could end before then.
- The investigation could end with criminal charges against Trump for attempting to overturn the 2020 election, writes Axios’ Emma Hurt.