North Carolina Investigating Mark Meadows’ Voter Registration

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s office told The News & Observer of Raleigh on Thursday that an investigation had been opened into whether former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had committed fraud in his voter registration for the 2020 election.

The allegation of voter fraud emerged after the New Yorker reported that Meadows had registered to vote in 2020 with the address of a mobile home he neither lived in nor owned.

District Attorney Ashley Welch, who represents the area where the home is located, referred the case to North Carolina’s Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Section. Welch recused herself from investigating Meadows herself because he had contributed to her campaign and had appeared in advertisements on her behalf in 2014.

“I am requesting the Attorney General’s Office handle both the advisement of law enforcement agencies as to any criminal investigations as well as any potential prosecution of Mark Meadows,” Welch stated in a letter.

Welch went on to say that she has historically asked the Attorney General’s Office “to handle prosecutions involving alleged misconduct of government officials.”

Meadows, a former North Carolina congressman, was former President Donald Trump’s final chief of staff. He has backed baseless claims that widespread voter fraud resulted in a “stolen” 2020 election. The House voted to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House Select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

 

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