Promoter texts shed new light on Trump’s efforts in Georgia 2022-04-26 15:56:00

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The Jan. 6 panel’s battle for testimony from Mark Meadows sheds new light on the ways in which the Trump campaign has been indirectly weighed in the scrutiny of the Georgia election as it was largely dismissed by Georgia’s secretary of state.

Testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special assistant to the President and Meadows, shows that Meadows sought an “unofficial” trip to Georgia in December 2020, eventually arriving in the state amid its review of absentee ballots.

Meadows appears to have considered offering Trump campaign officials to help with the scrutiny.

“He wanted to do a little more state checking to see where they are with things, if they had ideas that they needed more resources, if there was anything the White House could do to help smooth the process,” Hutchinson said of the Meadows visit. Needing, like, bodies, there were campaign officials who were, you know, out of the plane and were looking for jobs.”

State officials were also on the review, and Meadows seemed to have hoped to ask “what were they hearing from the state about the state of the election, you know, if there was significant evidence they knew at that point.”

Georgia is conducting its own investigation into former President Trump’s election interference and plans to call witnesses in late May after the state’s primary. Trump is running in those primaries, supporting Republican rivals to Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger.

While Meadows apparently went to Georgia on vacation to visit a son who lives in the Atlanta area, there have been discussions within the White House about how this trip fits with campaign goals in the state.

“The primary purpose of this trip was to visit family. His son lives in Georgia, and they came down to see his son for Christmas. Conveniently, his son lives close to Cobb County, and Mr. Meadows has discussed at length the coordination of any visits with Georgia state officials during this trip, Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said the team eventually decided not to accompany Meadows on the trip.

“Now, there was a point where I was going to go with him because he was going to have a few more meetings, but then it was decided he’d make it more formal and informal, which is the time he decided to go watch the vote count,” she said.

The revelation of Meadows’ assessment of campaign assistance in a closely watched review of Georgia’s ballot papers came shortly before President Trump’s now infamous call with Ravensburger in January 2021.

Hutchinson’s testimony was released along with reams of other evidence obtained by the January 6 commission as part of a legal battle to force Meadows to provide text messages and other documents he allegedly had.

That includes testimony with Ravensberger showing how deeply disturbed he is by the Trump campaign’s engagement efforts.

Ravensberger reiterated that he ignored various efforts made by the Trump campaign to contact him.

“They really want to talk to you,” Ravensburger remembers, having told him his deputy told him.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to.’ And so she said, ‘Well, they really want to talk to you.’ I said, ‘We have all these lawsuits going on. It’s not appropriate for me to talk to the president myself.’”

Ravensberger added that both their litigation and investigation rendered the communication unethical.

We had investigations going. We also have lawsuits with the Trump team and the Trump campaign and all of these other organizations, and I didn’t feel like this was the right channel to go. “They have had their lawyers, we have ours, we will follow the procedures, we will follow the law, and the results will be what the results will be,” he said.

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