Mark Meadows will not face voter fraud charges after listing North Carolina address where he did not live

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will not be prosecuted for voter fraud after he was accused of illegally voting in the 2020 election from a North Carolina address he did not use.

State prosecutors investigated Meadows and his wife, Debre, after it was revealed the former congressman registered to vote from a mobile home in the state he never owned, visited or lived in.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said in a statement Friday that there was no evidence the couple “knowingly swore to false information about the signed lease” and noted that Mr. Meadows “is specifically exempt from certain residency requirements as as a result of his service to the federal government.”

“The State Bureau of Investigation conducted an extensive investigation into allegations of fraud against Mr. and Mrs. Meadows regarding their registration and voting in the 2020 election,” according to the statement. “After a thorough review, my office has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to file charges against either of us in this matter.”

Mr Meadows, who bolstered 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, as Trump allies and members of Congress they sent messages to the former White House chief of staff to pressure then-President Trump to overturn the result.

In the months leading up to and after the election, and before a vote was even taken, Mr. Trump and his allies repeatedly tried to discredit absentee voting efforts. They claimed without evidence that mail-in voting is a “disaster” and “out of control” and is being used by Democratic officials to “ship” and “steal” the election.

Trump also voted by mail using his Florida address.

Mr. Meadows represented North Carolina in the US House of Representatives from 2013 to 2020. Six weeks before the 2020 election, the couple registered to vote using the address of a three-bedroom mobile home in Scaly Mountain. They also requested mail-in ballots in 2016 and 2020 to be delivered in the Washington DC area.

The state’s voter registration form specifically asks for the address “where you physically live.”

On several occasions, Mr. Meadows has also tried to pressure US Justice Department officials to investigate conspiracy theories about voter fraud, including debunked claims boosted by QAnon groups that fueled mob violence on Capitol Hill.

A PowerPoint presentation with the exact title given by Mr Meadows to a House select committee investigating the attack included false claims that China had effective control of US voting machines and urged the declaration of a “national security emergency” as a pretext for throwing. election results in many US states.

During an August 2020 interview with CNN, Mr. Meadows warned against people registering to vote in multiple places.

In his statement, Mr. Stein said that Mr. Meadows made “numerous unsubstantiated, damaging allegations of voter fraud both before and after the 2020 election” and referred to the House committee’s investigation into the events surrounding the attack on January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol. with Mr Meadows as a “possible co-conspirator” in the rebellion.

“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,” Mr. Stein added. “The relevant authorities will now fully scrutinize these referrals. I urge federal prosecutors to hold accountable every individual who participated in a conspiracy to endanger our democracy.”

Mr. Stein noted that the events surrounding Jan. 6 are unrelated to the state’s investigation into allegations of voter fraud.

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