Tuesday, the House voted to hold Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with its investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection.
On Dec. 22, around the same time that Raffensperger and his family were receiving innumerable death threats, Meadows paid an unexpected visit to Georgia during the audit of absentee ballots. He was inquiring about the signature validation process.
Georgia's Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs intercepted Meadows, explaining he wasn't allowed in the audit room.
Additionally, Meadows at one point texted Raffensperger from a Gmail account.
It would be a month later on Jan. 2 of 2021 when Trump would call Raffensperger, with Meadows leading off the conversation. "Okay. All right. Mr. President, everyone is on the line. This is Mark Meadows, the chief of staff,” Meadows said.
The committee’s debut public hearing unfolded this July when a handful of police officers who fought off the mob at the Capitol for hours testified about their harrowing experiences. Starting early next year, the Jan. 6 committee is expected to recommence its public hearings.
The probe thus far has been kept tightly under wraps as investigators have spent months piecing together how the event was organized and financed, who was involved in its coordination, and just how many people inside of Trump’s orbit may have worked with the 45th president to propagate his pervasive but widely debunked lie that he won the 2020 election.
Raffensperger is running for reelection in 2022. One of his challengers is Rep. Jody Hice, who once said that Trump would have won if Georgia elections were “fair.” He has also falsely accused Raffensperger of sending 700,000 ballot applications to “illegal voters.”
"I believe if there was a fair election, it would be a different outcome," Hice told CNN
when asked if he believed Trump won Georgia. "Absolutely."
"I do not believe for one moment that Georgia is a blue state," he added.
Thompson says that between Trump’s call and Meadows’ visit, Raffensperger was facing unbelievable pressure.
“Well, obviously if the President called him if Mark Meadows went to Georgia if countless other people communicated with him, then clearly he stood his ground and he’s a principal person,” Thompson said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
. "And because of that, he’s being criticized by people because he didn’t cheat.”