Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, charged along with 18 others in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' sweeping racketeering indictment for alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, took the stand on Monday to try to have his trial moved from state to federal court.
Among other charges, the indictment cites Meadows' role in the infamous Jan. 2, 2021, phone call then-President Donald Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger -- actions that Meadows argues he took as a federal official acting "under color" of his office.
- Hearing ends, no decision from the judge
- Raffensperger: Trump's 'outreach to that extent was extraordinary'
- Meadows dodges questions on if he believed Trump won election
- Meadows: 'I don't know that I did anything that was outside of my role'
- Meadows describes 'biggest surprise' in indictment
- Meadows says his role was to be in almost every meeting Trump had
Hearing ends, no decision from the judge
The hearing ended Monday evening with no decision from the judge about Mark Meadows' request.
Meadows' attorneys asked the court for a "prompt" ruling "as soon as it possibly can," and the judge said he would rule quickly.
The judge noted he would give it "thorough consideration" and that it was a "very important case" and would likely set precedent.
The judge added that if he doesn't rule by Sept. 6 -- the date the defendants are set to be arraigned -- he said Meadows will have to go through with the arraignment.
-ABC News' Olivia Rubin
Prosecution makes final arguments
The prosecution closed their arguments by saying there is "nothing to show" how Meadows’ participation in a criminal conspiracy to overturn an election was within his official duties.
Prosecutors questioned if it was "necessary or proper" to offer campaign resources to state officials or arrange state elections.
"It was done so Donald Trump could be declared the winner of the 2020 election, when he was not," prosecutors said regarding Meadows’ actions.
Prosecutors said all Meadows had to do during the hearing Monday was "look at that law, something he astronomically paid no attention to today."
The prosecution claimed the defense did not demonstrate what federal authorities allowed the chief of staff to arrange Trump's call with Raffensperger.
The prosecution also said Meadows in multiple instances throughout his testimony today used the term "we" while never explaining who "we" meant when he described calls and emails. Was it the campaign or the federal office, the prosecution asked.
-ABC News' Riley Hoffman, Mike Levine, Soorin Kim and Nadine El-Bawab
Meadows' lawyers make final argument to judge
Mark Meadows’ legal team began its final argument to the judge.
They contended that removing this case to federal court requires them to meet "the lowest evidentiary burden one can imagine."
The defense just needs to show "some kind of… connection to the duties" of chief of staff to warrant removal, Meadows’ lawyer said.
He said a "critical aspect" of Meadows’ testimony Monday was that he took the actions he did related to the Jan. 2, 2021, call to get "closure" so the government could move on "to the rest of the transition and peaceful transfer of power."
The lawyer also said that "the federal government has a huge role in post-election matters."
-ABC News' Mike Levine
Raffensperger: 'We spoke the truth'
After prosecutors played a portion of the Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between then-President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, prosecutors asked Raffensperger, "Did Trump win?"
"No, he did not," Raffensperger responded, adding, "He lost the election in the state of Georgia."
Raffensperger then listed off the investigations he and his team conducted into allegations of voter fraud, rattling them off one by one, stating that none of them found evidence of voter fraud.
"You add that all up, none of that was sufficient," Raffensperger said. "We spoke the truth."
Raffensperger finished testifying after over one hour on the stand.
Meadows testifies about Raffensperger call
Mark Meadows said on the stand that he wasn't sure whether the lawyers on then-President Donald Trump's phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were Trump's personal attorneys or lawyers for the Trump campaign.
The prosecutor then asked Meadows if he didn't know what roles they had then "why did you want them on the call?" At that moment the judge shook his head in seeming bewilderment.
Meadows said the purpose of the phone call was to find a "less litigious way" to resolve an issue regarding signature match in Fulton County, Georgia.
Repeatedly asked about how the call with Raffensperger came about, Meadows said he reached out to Raffensperger himself once and then reached out to a staff member of the secretary of state's office, but he said neither of them answered and he does not recall how the call was eventually facilitated.
He said Trump himself asked to reach out to Raffensperger.
Asked about his conversations with Cleta Mitchell, one of the three lawyers involved in the call, Meadows said he spoke with her about a variety of aspects related to Georgia and alleged election fraud but said he doesn't recall the specifics.
-ABC News' Nadine El-Bawab, Will Steakin and Soorin Kim