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Former NC Congressman Mark Meadows indicted in Arizona for election interference

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows at the White House in Washington, D.C. submitted in 2023.
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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows at the White House in Washington, D.C. submitted in 2023.

Mark Meadows, former North Carolina congressman and chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, is indicted on felony charges in Arizona, according to the Washington Post which reviewed court documents.

In the indictment, Meadows – who is also charged in Georgia related to the scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election – is accused of conspiracy and forgery.

An Arizona grand jury indicted Meadows among seven attorneys or aides affiliated with Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, the Post reported. Additionally, 11 Arizona Republicans were indicted “on felony charges related to their alleged efforts to subvert Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state,” the Post wrote on Wednesday.

Those indicted include former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and other advisers. Trump was not indicted in Arizona.

Meadows has previously said in legal proceedings he didn’t want to be “yelled” at by Trump during the time the campaign appeared to be organizing electors in states like Arizona. Arizona’s Attorney General accuses Meadows and others of attempting to install alternate electors to change the outcome of the state’s popular vote.

In Georgia, prosecutors in late 2020 revealed emails between Meadows and a longtime Trump campaign aide where Meadows talked about the elector plan.

This week's report from the Post points out that Meadows has previously sought to downplay the email, saying in court in 2020 "that his use of the term ‘we’ meant the campaign, not him."

Meadows’ name was redacted in the indictment in Arizona this week. However, the Washington Post says it was able to identify the former congressman and others based on the alleged actions in the court record.

Arizona is the fourth state after Michigan, Georgia and Nevada to seek charges against the Trump team.

These charges are not the first time that Meadows has featured in an election fraud situation. The former Macon County Republican Party Chair was investigated for voter fraud in 2022 for registering to vote in both North Carolina and Virginia. He was ultimately removed from the voter rolls in Macon County and he was not charged with voter fraud.

Meadows served as U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 11th District which includes the 15 westernmost counties from 2013 to 2020. He previously lived in Macon County.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.