WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has accused the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol of leaking all the text messages he he provided to the panel in what he says was an effort to publicly defame him.
The argument was made in a filing Friday in federal court in Washington, where Meadows sued in December to invalidate subpoenas issued to him for his testimony and to Verizon for his cellphone records.
In the latest filing, Meadows’ attorneys asked a judge to reject the committee’s request for an expedited ruling in its favor that would force Meadows to comply with subpoenas. The committee called for an expedited information schedule on Wednesday after tabling its motion the previous week.
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Lawyers say Meadows deserves a chance through the fact-gathering process known as discovery to take depositions and gather other relevant information about the issues in dispute, such as the committee’s claims that the Former President Donald Trump did not actually claim executive privilege over the articles. subpoenaed by the jury.
The House voted in December to hold Meadows in criminal contempt after he stopped cooperating, sending the case back to the Justice Department, which did not say whether it would take action.
His motion also accuses the committee of waging a “sustained media campaign” against Meadows. Although he does not provide evidence, he says the committee leaked all of the text messages Meadows produced to the committee.
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“The Congressional Defendants, under the auspices of a lawful subpoena, instigated Mr. Meadows to produce thousands of his private communications only to be used in a concerted and ongoing effort to publicly vilify him through the media” , Meadows attorney George Terwilliger said in the motion.
Papers filed in court by the committee showed how Meadows was in regular contact before Jan. 6, 2021, with Republican allies who advanced false allegations of voter fraud and supported the nullification of the results of the race won by President Joe. Biden. A week ago, a filing cited testimony from a White House aide who said Meadows had been told beforehand that there could be violence on Jan. 6.
The committee declined, through a spokesperson, to comment on Saturday about Meadows’ accusations against the panel.