Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will not face charges of voter fraud in North Carolina, the Tarheel State’s attorney general announced Friday due to insufficient evidence to prosecute him and his wife.
“The State Bureau of Investigation conducted an extensive investigation into the fraud allegations against Mr. and Mrs. Meadows concerning their registration and voting in the 2020 elections,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “After a thorough review, my office has concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to bring charges against either of them in this matter.”
Meadows, a former congressman who was tabbed by President Donald J. Trump for the key position as a part of a shakeup late in his administration, was targeted for investigation after an article by The New Yorker alleged that he falsely used an address for a single-wide mobile home that he never visited when he registered to vote in the 2020 election.
Why Did Mark Meadows Register to Vote at an Address Where He Did Not Reside? | The New Yorker https://t.co/mPKkPNsMfk
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) March 6, 2022
“Our conclusion was … they had arguments that would help them if a case was brought such that we didn’t believe we could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they had engaged in intentional voter fraud,” Stein, a Democrat, said according to the Associated Press.
The investigation found that cellphone records indicated that Debra Meadows was near Scaly Mountain where the couple signed a one-year lease on the property in October 2020 and that by virtue of his working as a public servant in Washington, D.C., Meadows qualified for a residency exemption.
In a letter to Stein explaining the rationale behind the decision not to prosecute, North Carolina criminal investigators Leslie Cooley Dismukes and Boz Zellinger wrote, “While a person in Mr. Meadows’s position and with his background should be more familiar with the rules and requirements of residence and voting in North Carolina, the law does not distinguish between him and the average citizen when it comes to making a residency determination. Likewise, we cannot consider any other bad acts that Mr. Meadows may have committed in other jurisdictions regarding other matters, as they do not bear on the facts of this case.”
Here’s the report from the North Carolina Department of Justice on the matter
— bryan metzger (@metzgov) December 30, 2022
“Because it is unlikely that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either Mr. or Mrs. Meadows knowingly swore to false information considering the signed lease, and because Mr. Meadows is explicitly excepted from certain residency requirements as a result of his service to the federal government, we decline prosecution of this matter,” the memo reads.
In its news release announcing that no charges would be brought, Stein’s office played the January 6th card to infer that Meadows was a threat to “our democracy”
“Mr. Meadows has made numerous unfounded, damaging allegations about voter fraud both before and after the 2020 election. In addition, in its referral to the United States Department of Justice, the bipartisan January 6th congressional committee named Mr. Meadows as a likely co-conspirator over his central role in the January 6th insurrection,” the statement reads.
“This attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power represents one of the most significant assaults on our democracy in the 246-year history of our nation. The appropriate authorities will now fully vet these referrals. I urge federal prosecutors to hold accountable every single person who engaged in a conspiracy to put our democracy at risk,” Stein said, regurgitating the standard Democrat talking points.
The announcement that Meadows wouldn’t be charged was yet another disappointment for the rabid Resistance which closed out the year on a down note after Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee quietly withdrew its subpoena of Trump and House Democrats released the tax returns of the ex-POTUS which turned out to be yet another nothing burger despite years of hysterical hype.
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