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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is providing records to the January 6 committee and is expected to testify.

Meadows’ cooperation comes after former White House official Stephen Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress allegations for failing to cooperate with the committee.


January 6 Committee Chairman Benny G. Thompson announced Tuesday that Meadows is “engaging” with the committee through his attorney.

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“He has presented the records to the committee and will soon appear for a preliminary statement,” Thompson, D-Miss, said in a statement Tuesday. “The Select Committee requires all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is legally entitled to obtain.”

“The committee will continue to assess their degree of compliance with our subpoena following the statement,” Thompson said.

Rep. Benny Thompson, chairman of the House Select Committee on the January 6 attacks, speaks to reporters outside the Capitol on September 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, FILE)

Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, said in a statement Tuesday that he “appreciates” the committee’s “openness” in receiving feedback on non-privileged topics.

“As we have had from the beginning, we continue to work with the selection committee and its staff to see if we can access an accommodation that does not require Mr Meadows to relinquish executive privilege or The long-standing position of the senior White House does not need to be forfeited. Aides cannot be forced to testify before Congress,” Terwilliger said in a statement. “We appreciate the selection committee’s openness to receiving voluntary feedback on non-privileged topics.”

Thompson’s announcement comes after the committee set a deadline for Meadows to comply with a subpoena earlier this month. Terwilliger had said the former chief of staff, in an effort to protect former President Trump’s executive privilege, would not comply with the subpoena. The committee said it would consider Meadows to be in contempt of Congress if he did not appear by the deadline.

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“Our correspondence over the past few weeks reflects an intense legal dispute with the committee. The issues concern whether Mr. Meadows can be compelled to testify and whether, even if he can, he should be asked to answer those questions. may be compelled to respond that include privileged communications,” Terwilliger said in a statement earlier this month.

“Legal disputes are resolved fairly by the courts,” he continued. “It would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to voluntarily resolve that dispute prematurely by voluntarily vacating the center of those legal issues.”

Terwilliger said: “No matter how important the subject of the committee’s work, decades of litigation over executive privilege show how important it is for the President to have access to advice and advice, without fear that political opponents in Congress will follow suit.” remove the shield of confidentiality that protects candor in those communications.”

Trump aides dismissed the committee’s investigation as a political witch hunt, noting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refused to let the likes of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sit on the committee. done. The Democrats allowed only two Republicans on the committee to highly criticize the former president.

Granthshala News’ Cameron Cawthorne, Tyler Olson and Lillian Lecroy contributed to this report.