Former Trump aide Mark Meadows agrees to ‘initial deposition’ with Capitol riot probe after contempt threat

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  • Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has agreed to cooperate, at least in a limited way, with the select House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot and related incidents.
  • Former President Donald Trump has cited executive privilege to prevent testimony and documents from being submitted to the committee.
  • Meadows’ settlement came after the committee announced that it would vote this week to recommend that the House send another Trump aide, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke, to contempt of Congress for noncompliance with a subpoena. will do

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The chairman of the panel and Meadows’ attorney said Tuesday that former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has agreed to cooperate, at least in a limited way, with the House select committee investigating the Jan. , which will include giving testimony.

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His lawyer said that under the agreement, Meadows would give “voluntary responses” to subjects he does not believe are covered by executive privilege. According to the committee chair, D-Miss, Rep. Benny Thompson, he has already given the record to the panel.

His lawyer said President Donald Trump cited executive privilege as a basis for refusing to release detailed information sought by the panel.

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Committee members threatened to file a contempt case against Meadows after they accused him of failing to comply with a summons for documents and testimony. Meadows’ announcement of cooperation marks a significant turnaround in less than three weeks after the committee accused him of “disobeying the law” by defying demands for a subpoena.

Meadows’s agreement to cooperate came after the committee announced that it would vote this week to recommend that the House call on another Trump ally, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, for its own non-compliance. contempt.

“Mr. Meadows is engaging with the select committee through his lawyer,” Thompson said.

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Thompson said, “He has presented the records to the committee and will soon appear for a preliminary statement. The selection committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all the information requested and the selection committee will legally obtain it. deserves.”

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

Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger told NBC News: “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 for which Mr. Meadows is not required to give up or forfeit executive privileges. There is a long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.”

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

A Trump spokesman did not immediately comment on the news, Which was first reported by CNN.

The bipartisan select committee has summoned Meadows, Clark and several other witnesses to investigate the Congressional invasion, which began at the tail end of a Trump rally, where the then-president and others urged supporters to oppose President Joe’s confirmation. was called upon. Biden’s election.

Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon is facing criminal prosecution for refusing to comply with a summons to the committee.

Trump has cited executive privilege, which in some cases prevents Congress and other entities from receiving certain information from the White House, to prevent the submission of testimony and documents to the committee.

Trump’s lawyers have directed some of his aides not to cooperate with the subpoenas and filed suit to block the release of certain White House records on grounds of privilege.

The January 6 committee rejected those claims of privilege, and Biden waived the privilege on a tranche of White House records sought by investigators.

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday heard arguments on Trump’s lawsuit against the committee, which wants to block the release of some records. A panel of judges on that court aggressively questioned Trump’s lawyers about their argument that Trump’s claim of privilege exceeds Biden’s determination that the records can be given to the committee.

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