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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.
Washington — Mark Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that he will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
CNNthat Meadows wouldn't work with the committee. Meadows confirmed his stance in an with the streaming news network Real America's Voice, saying the committee intended to ask about items that he considers protected by executive privilege, despite his efforts to reach an accommodation to share non-privileged information.
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.
"In addition we found that in spite of our cooperation in sharing documents with them, they had issued, unbeknownst to us and without even a courtesy call, issued a subpoena to a third-party carrier trying to get information," Meadows said. "At this point, we feel like it's best that we just continue to honor the executive privilege and it looks like the courts are going to have to weigh in on this."
Meadows' decision comes one week after its chairman, Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson, said the former congressman was and had turned over reams of documents. Thompson said last week Meadows was expected to appear for an initial deposition "soon."
George Terwilliger, Meadows' attorney, at the time said he and his client were working with the select committee and staff to reach an accommodation that did not require Meadows to waive executive privilege.
Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6 insurrection, according to a letter from his attorney to the panel, which was obtained by CNN on Tuesday. © Doug Mills/The New York Times/Pool/Getty Images White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in the Oval Office of the White House April 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. "We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr.
The committee last month against Meadows if he did not work with them and appear for a deposition set for mid-November.
The full House has to hold former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a subpoena for testimony and records. A federal grand jury then on two counts of contempt of Congress. He pleaded not guilty, and federal prosecutors are pushing for a trial to take place by mid-April.
The January 6 panel last week also Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, be held in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for records and testimony. Thompson, though, said the committee reached an agreement with Clark's attorney to allow him to appear at a deposition Saturday, during which he was expected to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Meadows plays both sides of January 6 probe while clock ticks on investigation
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday became the latest Donald Trump acolyte to bow to the former President's ire, begging out of his scheduled deposition with the House committee investigating the January 6 riot -- despite having given over key documents that will help build their case. © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. But even as he dodges a face-to-face meeting, congressional investigators aren't done with Meadows.
The deposition was postponed to December 16, the committee said, because Clark has a medical condition that precluded his participation.
An revealed Clark and Trump communicated in the run-up to January 6, and Clark raised doubts about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. He also pushed claims about election irregularities in Georgia and suggested the Georgia legislature consider appointing a new slate of presidential electors.
The January 6 select committee has publicly acknowledged issuing subpoenas to 45 individuals and groups it believes have knowledge about the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Capitol, during which a mob of Trump's supporters attempted to stop Congress from tallying each state's electoral votes.
Meadows was in the earliest group of former White House aides and allies of the former president to receive a subpoena from the House panel, which wants documents and testimony.
In a September letter asking Meadows to turn over information, Thompson said he has "critical information regarding elements" of the committee's investigation, as he was with Trump on January 6 and communicated with him and others about events at the Capitol. Documents filed with the committee, as well as records made public as part of separate probes from the House and Senate, also show Meadows communicated with top officials at the Justice Department about allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and pushed for states to investigate fraud claims.
Mark Meadows’ Personal Cell Is Becoming a Personal Hell .
It turns out Mark Meadows may have good reason to not want to turn over all of the communications on two personal phones and two Gmail accounts. After the Jan. 6 Committee disclosed just a few choice text messages between Meadows and Fox News hosts, an anonymous lawmaker, and Donald Trump Jr. about the insurrection, the battle for all of Meadows’ communications has taken on new meaning. And Meadows’ assertions of executive privilege are undermined by a law he should know well.