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Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows to appear before January 6 panel: NPR


Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the United States Capitol in February. Meadows agreed to provide documents and to appear for testimony before the House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol.

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Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows to appear before January 6 panel: NPR

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the United States Capitol in February. Meadows agreed to provide documents and to appear for testimony before the House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol.

Sarah Silbiger / Getty Images

The Democratic-led House select committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill struck a new deal with former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to shows up for a first statement and states that he is cooperating by providing documents to the panel.

The committee and Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said on Tuesday the two sides had reached an agreement including the appearance and handing over of the cases. However, the committee warned that it was still considering taking further action against Meadows based on his degree of cooperation with his testimony.

“Mr. Meadows has engaged with the select committee through his lawyer. He has produced briefs for the committee and will be appearing for a first deposition soon,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Who chairs the committee. “The select committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all the information requested and which the select committee is legally authorized to receive. The committee will continue to assess its degree of compliance with our subpoena afterwards. the deposition. ”

Meadows’ attorney has repeatedly noted his client’s objections to previously cooperating on the basis of claims of executive privilege, which was waived by then-sitting President Joe Biden and is at issue in court over Trump. On Tuesday, Terwillger said they continue to seek a solution that does not overcome this concern.

“As we have done from the start, we continue to work with the select committee and its staff to see if we can achieve an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to relinquish executive privilege or relinquish the position of It has long been the case that senior White House officials assistants cannot be compelled to testify before Congress, “Terwilliger said.” We appreciate the openness of the select committee to receive voluntary responses on non-privileged matters. ”

Lawmakers have repeatedly warned Meadows that they could issue a criminal contempt referral if he does not ultimately cooperate. He didn’t show up for a November filing date, triggering one of those recent warnings.

“Mr. Meadows’ actions today – choosing to defy the law – will force the select committee to consider suing for contempt or other proceedings to enforce the subpoena,” said Thompson and Liz Cheney, R -Wyo., In a joint statement after Meadows. did not show up on November 12.

Still, the panel has yet to act on that statement, in part because lawmakers faced a bigger legal test with Meadows than with former strategist Steve Bannon, who was not in administration. Trump on January 6. The committee issued a referral for criminal contempt of Bannon less than a month after receiving his subpoena on September 23 – the same day Meadows received his.

But the panel took more than twice as long to decide whether they would take similar action against Meadows.

On Wednesday, the committee will meet to vote on a criminal contempt referral of former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. It would mark the second such case for the panel if the referral is approved.

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