The ongoing clash between the House and Meadows has been one of the most public and central disputes in the inquiry. But twice in the Meadows trial, the House submitted documents to the court under seal without a public explanation.
“The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was a public event. The House Select Committee is working to establish a public record of that event. This Court should also conduct its work on this historic case in public view. “, lawyers for the media coalition wrote Monday in a new application to federal court in Washington, DC.
The House, conducting its own separate investigation of the hundreds of criminal cases, faced more than two dozen lawsuits from witnesses trying to prevent the January 6 panel from obtaining information or calling them to testify. . So far, these cases have been widely debated in public.
The witness cases against the House are moving slowly, and Meadows’ case is critical.
So far in the Meadows case, the House has dropped hundreds of pages of testimony transcripts and other evidence it has collected in an effort to show that the panel should question Trump’s top adviser.
“The select committee told the American public that transparency would be key to its work,” the media coalition told the court. “The Press Coalition advances precisely the same public interest in transparency and accountability.”
The case could come to a head in court around the same time the House Select Committee’s public hearings begin in June.
Meadows did not turn over certain documents that the Chamber subpoenaed him to appear, nor did he participate in an interview. Citing the possibility that information about the ex-president was privileged, Meadows told the court he could not testify and also sought to block a subpoena for his phone records.