Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows removed from N.C. voter roll amid fraud investigation – The Washington Post

Meadows, who served two terms as a congressman from North Carolina before becoming President Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff, has helped promote Trump’s baseless claims that widespread voter fraud delivered the presidency to Joe Biden. But his withering rhetoric about potential voter fraud have clashed with reports in recent weeks that Meadows registered to vote in 2020 using the address of a North Carolina mobile home he never stayed in.

It is unclear whether Meadows has spent even one night at that address. The small mobile home belongs to a Lowe’s retail manager, who bought it last summer from a widow living in Florida. The woman, whom the New Yorker did not identify by name, told the magazine that she had no idea Meadows had listed the home as his address in his voter registration form.

If Meadows is found to have committed voter fraud, it would be at odds with his harsh criticisms of Democrats. Along with Trump and many of his allies, Meadows repeatedly warned of voter fraud leading up to the 2020 election, and he decried it repeatedly in his book, “The Chief’s Chief,” that published in December.

In his memoir, Meadows lambasted Democrats’ efforts to push for increased mail-in voting access during the pandemic, and tied it to certain fraud. He spoke critically of “lowered” standards for mail-in ballots, and he suggested that officials might not even bother to check if the signatures on those ballots matched what the state had on file.

“President Trump had alerted us to the strong possibility that there would be fraud connected to these mail-in ballots, and we wanted to be on the lookout for it,” Meadows wrote. “So, elsewhere in the White House complex, we had set up an internal brain room that provided information to the campaign team, and we wanted to approach any potential challenges with the utmost seriousness.”

Meadows remains a key figure in the panel’s investigation because he remained in proximity to Trump during the time between the election and the Capitol attack, as the president tried to overturn the results and spread false claims of voter fraud. Text messages that were sent to Meadows on Jan. 6 showed a failure by Trump to act quickly to stop the insurrection, despite real-time pleas from lawmakers, journalists and even his eldest son.