December 7, 2022

January 6 Mark Meadows collaborates with investigators

“Mr. Meadows has been involved in the selection committee through his lawyer,” said Benny Thompson, Mississippi’s Democrat Rep. “He has submitted the records to the panel and will soon appear for an initial confession. The select committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all the information requested and the select committee has the legal right to obtain it. The panel will proceed. Evaluate that he agrees with our sapona after the deposit.”

Thompson told CNN on Tuesday evening that the group had received “probably 6,000 emails” from Meadows through his attorney and was “in the process of executing it.” Meadows said he plans to make the deposit next week.

Meadows’ attorney George Dervilliger told CNN that there was an understanding between the two sides about how the exchange of information was moving forward. About how the team handles information that may come under administrative privilege.

But the agreement will be weak if both parties do not agree on the concessional information. As the message of understanding comes Trump’s lawyers have argued in the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington The former president can confirm executive privilege over the board’s records.

“From the outset, we have been working closely with the selection committee and its staff to see if it is possible to reach a hostel that does not require Mr. Meadows to relinquish his executive privilege or lose his long-standing senior White House position. Auxiliaries cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” Derville said. “We appreciate the openness of the selection committee to get voluntary answers on non-consensual topics.”

The deal was approved after several sources told CNN that Meadows had shown a willingness to cooperate and had entered into a new pose with the group. The deal is a significant step Once in a broken relationship This went on for months between the two parties back and forth.
Although Meadows is beginning to engage more actively with the team, the question is to what extent he will fully cooperate and what he will try. Claiming administrative privilege According to many sources, it is still in balance. The agreement means that the group will be prevented from pursuing criminal contempt against him, although that path is always possible as this weak forward may be temporary.

“Well, you know they’re providing information,” Thompson told Meadows and his team on Tuesday evening. “We have to see. But we’ve taken it off the table for now.”

A source familiar with the process told CNN that “it is wrong to say that he cooperated somewhat, but he did not fully fulfill his duty to see what happens. But Meadows did not want to be insulted.”

His involvement with the group was completely different To Steve Bonan, Who Two were charged with contempt of Congress Former Judicial Officer Jeffrey Clark for failing to testify and change documents in response to the panel’s sapona Vote on the criminal contempt recommendation statement On Wednesday.

“He’s not fair, it’s fair to say he’s not a clerk … and he does not want to be,” the source said. “But how much he cooperates, how much he cooperates is an open question. He has done some things … but he has not fulfilled all his obligations … and it is not yet clear how much he will cooperate.”

“We can tell the difference between a blocker or a fake; we do not think that’s what’s happening here,” the source added.

When asked what he thinks changed Meadows’ attitude toward the committee, Thompson said Tuesday, “I do not know specifically, but I think we went down that road with Meadows and Clark when Congress insulted Bonn. You know, it’s worth deciding whether or not to go to jail without following the law . “

In recent weeks, Team members said Many of the questions they have about Meadows have nothing to do with Trump – suggesting the panel is still open to discuss the terms of a possible interview.

Democrat Pete Aguilar, who serves on the group, told CNN earlier this month that Meadows may have had a “small claim to executive privilege” in some conversations, but stressed that the group had questions for him. Was direct to the President. “

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“He talked about stopping free and fair elections, criticizing and stopping election votes, and his coordination with campaign officials on personal devices. Not all of those issues deserve privilege. Do,” the Democratic Party of California added.

Another selectman from the Maryland Democrats, Rep. Jamie Ruskin told CNN earlier this month that “there are a lot of questions (for Madows) that have nothing to do with Trump personally.”

But the question of how Meadows’ executive privilege falters in cooperating with the committee has not prevented either side, at least for now, from progressing in their engagement.

Team members, including Thompson, have been frustrated with Meadows for his lack of involvement in recent weeks. Meadows even violated his confession before the committee on November 12, which suggested that the next step would lead the committee to launch a criminal prosecution process against him.

Ahead of the scheduled deposit earlier this month, Dervilliger issued a statement saying he would not cooperate with his client group until the courts have ruled on Trump’s claims for executive rights.

But the tone seems to have changed in recent days, and team members have indicated that they will clarify the situation with Meadows this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

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“I especially expect there to be a movement in Mark Meadows, it will be known soon, the next day, the next two days or so. I think people will be happy with it,” Republican Rep. Adam Kinsinger told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday.

Democrat Adam Schiff told CNN’s State of the Union that the panel would make a decision “this week” on whether to nominate Meadows for criminal contempt charges for violating Sapona.

Prior to the news that Meadows was now collaborating with the group, Aguilar told CNN on Saturday that “(Meadows) still has a small window to comply with here”.

“So we’ll be keeping an eye on the calendar coming up this week. Contempt that the Committee will always have an option at their disposal.

The story and title were updated on Tuesday with additional improvements.