Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel

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The committee’s chairman said on Tuesday that Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising and is providing some documents, noting the panel’s threat for the time being. are postponing.

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But the panel “will continue to assess their degree of compliance,” Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson said in a statement.

The settlement comes after two months of negotiations between Meadows and the committee and by the Justice Department with longtime Trump aide Stephen K. After Bannon was convicted for defying a summons.

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Thompson said Meadows has set the record and will appear for a preliminary statement soon.

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“The selection committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all the information requested and the selection committee is legally entitled to obtain,” Thompson said.

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Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, said he was continuing to work with the committee and its staff on a “potential accommodation” that would not require Meadows to relinquish executive privileges nor would “long-standing” may seize the position that senior White House aides cannot be forced to testify before Congress,” as Trump has argued.

“We appreciate the selection committee’s openness to receiving voluntary feedback on non-privileged topics,” Terwilliger said in a statement.

The tentative agreement with Meadows highlights the committee’s efforts to balance the need for information about Trump’s role in the violent uprising with the former president’s claim – including the ongoing court case – that Congress was at the time top Cannot obtain information about their private interactions with colleagues. ,

While the committee has rejected Trump’s arguments and President Biden has waived the privilege as the current executive, the panel wants to move quickly and avoid protracted legal entanglements that could delay the investigation.

Terwilliger previously clarified that Meadows would not comply with the panel’s September subpoena because of Trump’s executive privilege claims. The committee rejected those arguments, especially after the White House said Biden would waive any privileges over interviewing Meadows and the courts rejected Trump’s efforts to block the committee from gathering information.

The House panel argued that it has questions for Meadows that are not directly involved in talks with Trump and cannot be blocked by claims of privilege.

In the committee’s summons, Thompson cited Meadows’ efforts to reverse Trump’s 2020 election defeat and his pressure on state officials to advance the former president’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.

The committee has set a vote on Wednesday to advance contempt charges against a separate witness, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, after he appeared for a statement and declined to answer questions. done.

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