Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will not be prosecuted for voter fraud after being accused of illegally voting in the 2020 election from a North Carolina address he does not use not.
State prosecutors are investigating Mr. Meadows and his wife, Debra, after it was revealed that the former congressman had registered to vote from a mobile home in the state that he n had ever owned, visited or inhabited.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said in a statement on Friday that there was no evidence the couple “knowingly swore false information given the signed lease” and noted that Mr Meadows was “explicitly excluded from certain residency requirements because of his service to the federal government.”
“The Office of State Investigation has conducted a thorough investigation into allegations of fraud against Mr. and Mrs. Meadows regarding their registration and voting in the 2020 election,” the statement said. “After a thorough review, my office has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against either in this case.”
Mr Meadows, who amplified Donald Trump’s baseless narrative of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, is at the center of investigations related to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, amid Trump allies and members of Congress texted former White House chief of staff to pressure then-President Trump to overturn the result.
In the months leading up to and following the election, and before even a single ballot was cast, Mr. Trump and his allies repeatedly sought to discredit mail-in ballot efforts. They claimed without evidence that mail-in voting is a “disaster” and “out of control” and used by Democratic officials to “rig” and “steal” the election.
Mr. Trump also voted by mail using his Florida address.
Mr. Meadows represented North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2020. Six weeks before the 2020 election, the couple registered to vote using a mobile home address from three bedrooms at Scaly Mountain. They also requested that mail-in ballots in 2016 and 2020 be delivered to the Washington DC area.
The state’s voter registration form specifically asks for the address “where you physically live.”
In several instances, Meadows has also sought to pressure US Justice Department officials to investigate conspiracy theories of voter fraud, including the debunked allegations amplified by QAnon groups that have fueled the mob violence at the Capitol.
A PowerPoint presentation with the exact title as the one Mr. Meadows gave to a House select committee investigating the attack included false claims that China had effective control of US voting machines and called to the declaration of a “national security emergency” as a pretext to launch the results of the elections in several American states.
During an August 2020 interview with CNN, Meadows cautioned against people registering to vote in multiple locations.
In his statement, Mr. Stein said Mr. Meadows had made “numerous unsubstantiated and prejudicial allegations regarding voter fraud before and after the 2020 election” and referenced the House Select Committee’s investigation into the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, with Mr. Meadows as a “likely co-conspirator” in the insurgency.
“This attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power represents one of the most significant attacks on our democracy in our nation’s 246-year history,” Stein added. “The relevant authorities will now carefully consider these referrals. I urge federal prosecutors to hold accountable every person who has engaged in a conspiracy to endanger our democracy.
Mr. Stein noted that the events surrounding Jan. 6 are not relevant to the state’s investigation into allegations of voter fraud.