Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, was involved in several episodes in Georgia of interest to prosecutors in the weeks following the election.
He helped facilitate the January 2, 2021 phone call that Trump made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, urging Georgia’s Secretary of State to “find” 11,780 votes.
Meadows regularly jumped into the conversation to ask if there were ways the Secretary of State’s office could share voter data with the Trump campaign, which at the time exposed several challenges in the justice system that spoke of allegations of election fraud. Meadows said this could help “find a path forward that is less contentious.”
Meadows also made a surprise visit to the Cobb County Civic Center in December 2020 to observe an audit of absentee ballots and signatures conducted by the office of the Secretary of State and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The audit was commissioned by Raffensperger to restore public confidence in the state’s electoral infrastructure.
He was blocked from entering the room in which the audit took place, but was overheard by an AJC reporter who said, “I’m not making any accusations, but I’m trying to get to the truth.”
It was at Cobb where Meadows met Frances Watson, at the time the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, who helped conduct the audit. He got her phone number and paved the way for the six-minute conversation Trump posted with Watson not long after. That phone call, in which Trump told Watson that she would find “dishonesty” to scrutinize Fulton County ballots and that she would be praised if “the correct answer” came out, is also of interest to the special grand jury.
Watson was subpoenaed by the body in June.
The Jan. 6 House Committee also found evidence that Meadows played a significant role in coordinating the nomination of “alternative” Trump voters in half a dozen swing states, including Georgia. The fake voters, who cast mock votes in a ceremony on December 14, 2020 at the Georgia state house, are at the center of the special grand jury.
The petition for Meadows also noted that on December 21, 2020, he attended a White House meeting with Trump, members of Congress and others to discuss allegations of voter fraud and the certification of electoral college votes from Georgia and other states. It said it also sent emails to top Justice Department officials in late 2020 “with various allegations of voter fraud in Georgia and elsewhere and requesting that the Justice Department investigate these allegations.”
Powell’s petition cites the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s new investigation into the alleged election data breach in Coffee County, Georgia. Emails indicate that Powell has reportedly coordinated with Atlanta-based data firm SullivanStrickler to obtain election data in January 2021.
The subpoena also cites comments from Atlanta attorney L. Lin Wood during a media interview. Lin said he met Powell and others at a South Carolina plantation to explore options to influence the results of the 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere. Wood said Powell had asked him to help identify Georgia residents who would be willing to serve as plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging Georgia’s election results.
Waldron testified before a December 2020 Georgia Senate Committee hearing on alleged vulnerabilities of Dominion Voting Systems’ voting machines. A handful of subpoenaed witnesses, including Giuliani and attorneys Jenna Ellis and John Eastman, also participated in the hearing, another grand jury interest.
The special grand jury is asking Meadows, Powell, Epshteyn and Waldron to testify next month.
Staff writer Bill Rankin contributed to this article.