Georgia election hearing updates: Court adjourns with no decision yet in Meadows case

Mark Meadows took the stand on Monday.

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.


Meadows takes the stand

The hearing began shortly after 10 a.m. with the defense calling Mark Meadows to the stand.

The defense went over Meadows' duties as chief of staff and assistant to former President Donald Trump.

On the stand, Meadows said it was his role to "oversee all the federal operations, not just in the West Wing, but beyond that."

Meadows also said the job was difficult in light of the pandemic, calling it "challenging times."

"There was a political component to everything that we did," Meadows said in describing the intersection between policy and politics inside the Trump White House in the chaotic closing days of the administration.

Meadows, wearing a royal blue suit, white shirt and pale blue tie in court, said he attended meetings as a principle and sometimes as an observer.

Meadows said he would "certainly meet with state officials" as part of his job.

At least one attorney for Trump, Jennifer Little, was spotted in the overflow room listening to the proceedings.

-ABC News' Nadine El-Bawab and Aaron Katersky

Arraignments set for Sept. 6

Fulton County, Georgia, Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has scheduled the plea hearings and arraignments for all 19 defendants alleged to have conspired to overturn the 2020 election for Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The arraignments are staggered over 15-minute intervals, beginning with former President Donald Trump at 9:30 a.m. and concluding with Misty Hampton at 3 p.m.

Former chief of staff Mark Meadows' appearance is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

-ABC News' Peter Charalambous

Meadows arrives at federal court

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows arrived at federal court in Atlanta just after 9 a.m. ET for a hearing on his motion to have his trial moved from state to federal court.

Meadows walked in with his lawyers and did not respond to any shouted questions.

-ABC News' Lalee Ibssa

Other defendants keeping 'close eye' on proceedings

As Meadows heads to court Monday, multiple sources close to some of the 18 other Georgia defendants -- which include Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- have told ABC News that the legal teams for many of the defendants will be keeping a "close eye" on the proceedings, with some even sending people to watch in person.

Many involved in the case are uncertain what the ramifications would be if Meadows' case is moved to federal court, the sources said, and whether it would bring along all 19 defendants or leave their cases in state court.

"It is completely untested," one attorney for a defendant in the case told ABC News.