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Politics Meadows to cooperate with Jan. 6 probe, averting contempt charges

10:36  01 december  2021
10:36  01 december  2021 Source:   news.yahoo.com

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  Bannon indictment does little to jumpstart Jan. 6 committee's subpoena talks with top targets The panel investigating the Capitol riot is still pushing for cooperation from Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino and Kash Patel.Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and longtime Trump social media manager Dan Scavino, the first Trump White House officials subpoenaed by the House’s Jan. 6 investigators, have yet to provide documents or testimony to investigators. The committee’s protracted, ongoing negotiations with both men have yet to yield breakthroughs. In Meadows’ case, it’s led to yet another threat of criminal contempt charges.

Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is now cooperating with the sham January 6 committee after being threatened with criminal contempt charges by Liz Cheney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” the committee said in a statement Tuesday. “The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows , to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive.

Meadows appreciates the Jan . 6 committee’s “openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics,” he said. Former White House adviser and then-candidate Donald Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon was held in contempt of Congress in October for refusing to cooperate . Meadows , Bannon, and other former Trump officials have echoed the former president’s argument that information and materials that the Jan . 6 is trying to obtain fall under executive privilege. Earlier this month, Bannon said that the indictment should alarm Americans. “Not just Trump people and not just

Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has agreed to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, avoiding a referral for criminal contempt of Congress.

“Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement Tuesday. “The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive. The committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition.”

Jan. 6 committee to hold contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

  Jan. 6 committee to hold contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark On Monday, the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol scheduled a Wednesday vote to pursue criminal contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a Trump Justice Department official who assisted the former president in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The committee issued a subpoena to Clark back in October seeking testimony and records related to those efforts. Earlier this month, Clark appeared for a deposition before the panel but declined to answer substantive questions, citing Trump’s ongoing lawsuit to block congressional investigators from accessing his White House records.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows , Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan . 6 Capitol insurrection, putting off for now the panel’s threat to hold him in contempt , the committee’s chairman said Tuesday. The panel “will continue to assess his But Thompson said just before Thanksgiving that the committee “won’t rush the effort” to make clear that they had given Meadows , a former Republican congressman from North Carolina, every chance to cooperate . On Wednesday, the committee will vote on whether to pursue contempt charges against

"Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney," Thompson wrote. "The committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition." Though he has agreed to sit before the committee, Meadows , among Trump's most loyal former aides, could still In addition to the contempt -of-Congress charge that has now been leveled against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, the committee is currently moving to hold top Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in contempt -of-Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena.

The development was first reported by CNN.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (Al Drago/File photo via Reuters) © Provided by Yahoo! News Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (Al Drago/File photo via Reuters)

Thompson had previously threatened to refer Meadows to the Justice Department for criminal contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with a subpoena issued by the select committee in September. The subpoena required Meadows to provide testimony and documents related to various aspects of the investigation, including his personal communications from Jan. 6 as well as his reported involvement in Trump’s efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election and in planning for the rally on Jan. 6, where the then president spoke to hundreds of supporters before they violently stormed the Capitol building, delaying Congress’s certification of Biden’s electoral victory.

Trump's attempt to rewrite history just took a big hit

  Trump's attempt to rewrite history just took a big hit The news that former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is now cooperating with the House's January 6 select committee investigation represents a clear and present danger to the former president and his attempts to rewrite the history of that fateful day. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/FILE White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on October 21, 2020. "He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition," committee chair Bennie Thompson told CNN of Meadows. "The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr.

6 Capitol insurrection, possibly averting a contempt citation for defying the panel’s subpoena for documents and testimony. “Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney,” committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Tuesday. Meadows had been among a string of former administration officials and campaign advisers refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Former President Donald Trump is fighting a subpoena for his administration’s documents in a federal appeals court Tuesday. And the Justice Department filed criminal contempt charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows , Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan . 6 Capitol insurrection and providing some documents, putting off for now the panel’s threat to hold him in contempt , the committee’s chairman said Tuesday. Meadows ’ lawyer, George Terwilliger, said he was continuing to work with the committee and its staff on a “potential accommodation” that would not require Meadows to waive executive privilege nor “forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress

Though his attorneys had reportedly been engaging with the committee for months, Meadows ultimately declined to turn over subpoenaed documents by the committee’s previous deadline and he was a no-show for a scheduled deposition, citing Trump’s ongoing lawsuit to block the Jan. 6 investigators from accessing his White House records by claiming executive privilege.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, is flanked by committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) © Provided by Yahoo! News Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, is flanked by committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Video: Jan. 6 committee issues an ultimatum for Mark Meadows (MSNBC)

President Biden has thus far waived executive privilege for records relevant to the select committee’s investigation, including those requested from Meadows, and a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that Biden’s authority in this matter supersedes Trump’s. But Trump has continued to fight the House probe in court. On Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments in the former president’s appeal to keep his White House records secret. The arguments were ongoing when the news of Meadows’s cooperation with the committee first broke, but the judges expressed skepticism about whether Trump has the authority to overrule a sitting president.

Mark Meadows cooperating with January 6 investigators

  Mark Meadows cooperating with January 6 investigators Donald Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot and is providing records and agreeing to appear for an initial interview, CNN first reported Tuesday. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/FILE WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talks to reporters at the White House on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) The move represents a critical shift in the relationship between the top Trump ally and the panel, and staving off a criminal contempt referral for now. "Mr.

While Meadows ' cooperation staved off a legal showdown for the moment, Thompson left the door open to civil or other action in his statement Tuesday. "The select committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows , to provide all information requested and that The deal comes after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was hit with two charges of criminal contempt of Congress for snubbing the committee's subpoenas. The panel will meet Wednesday to decide whether to recommend a similar action against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who a Senate Judiciary Committee

Meadows had been called to appear before the committee earlier this month, but did not do so. Trump has urged his associates not to cooperate with the committee, calling the Democratic-led investigation politically motivated and arguing that his communications are protected by executive privilege Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon already has been criminally charged with contempt of Congress, pleading not guilty, after defying a select committee subpoena. The committee is meeting on Wednesday to consider seeking similar charges against Jeffrey Clark, who served as a senior Justice

“We only have one president at a time under our Constitution,” said Judge Patricia Millett and Judge Robert Wilkins were both appointed by former President Barack Obama, while Ketanji Brown Jackson, the third judge on the panel, was appointed by Biden.

The committee has rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege and has moved to impose consequences against others in his inner circle who have similarly refused to cooperate with the probe. Earlier this month, former Trump aide Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two criminal counts stemming from his failure to comply with the select committee’s subpoena. And on Wednesday, members of the House panel will vote to pursue criminal contempt charges against former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark for doing the same. Over the weekend, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the select committee, said a decision would be made this week on whether to refer Meadows for criminal contempt charges as well.

“Mark Meadows has a legal and moral obligation to cooperate with our committee,” Schiff said on Twitter Tuesday. “I’m glad he has now agreed to appear and has already provided documents. We will evaluate the extent of his compliance after his testimony.”

Jeffrey Clark's Deposition With Jan. 6 Committee Postponed Because of Health Condition

  Jeffrey Clark's Deposition With Jan. 6 Committee Postponed Because of Health Condition The panel had previously voted Wednesday to push charging Clark with contempt, but said it would wait until a full House vote and allow him another chance. Before the committee voted for the contempt, Clark's lawyer told them that his client wished to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. This was after Clark refused to answer questions regarding Trump's claim of executive privilege and other rights his lawyer said he should be allowed. Democratic Rep.

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrives at the Washington field office of the FBI to turn himself in, Nov. 15, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) © Provided by Yahoo! News Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrives at the Washington field office of the FBI to turn himself in, Nov. 15, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

While Meadows’s decision to engage with the committee has temporarily shielded him from criminal charges, he’s not completely in the clear.

A statement provided by Meadows’s attorney to CNN suggests that he may still argue that certain pieces of information sought by the committee are covered by executive privilege, raising questions about the extent of his cooperation.

“As we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the Select Committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive Executive Privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” read the statement from Meadows’s lawyer, George Terwilliger. “We appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics.”

Unlike Bannon, who left his role at the White House in 2017, both Clark and Meadows were serving as officials in the Trump administration on Jan. 6, potentially making their cases for executive privilege more convincing.

Mark Meadows sues Jan. 6 committee after panel vows contempt proceedings .
Former President Donald Trump's one-time chief of staff is refusing to cooperate with the committee, reversing an earlier decision to engage.In the lawsuit, which names members of the Jan. 6 committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as defendants, Meadows asked the court to invalidate two “overly broad” and “unduly burdensome” subpoenas that he said the panel issued without legal authority.

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