Washington — Mark Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that he will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. CNN first reported that Meadows wouldn't work with the committee. Meadows confirmed his stance in an interview with the streaming news network Real America's Voice, saying the committee intended to ask about items that he considers protected by executive privilege, despite his efforts to reach an accommodation to share non-privileged information. "In addition we found that in spite of our cooperation in sharing documents with them, they had issued, unbeknownst to us and without even a courtesy call, issued a subpoena to a third-party carrier trying to get information," Meadows said. "At this point, we feel like it's best that we just continue to honor the executive privilege and it looks like the courts are going to have to weigh in on this." Meadows' decision comes one week after its chairman, Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson, said the former congressman was engaging with the committee and had turned over reams of documents. Thompson said last week Meadows was expected to appear for an initial deposition "soon." George Terwilliger, Meadows' attorney, at the time said he and his client were working with the select committee and staff to reach an accommodation that did not require Meadows to waive executive privilege. The committee last month threatened to seek a contempt referral against Meadows if he did not work with them and appear for a deposition set for mid-November. The full House has already voted to hold former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a subpoena for testimony and records. A federal grand jury then indicted Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress. He pleaded not guilty, and federal prosecutors are pushing for a trial to tak . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: meadows, house, subpoena, deposition, contempt, cooperate, congress, documents, clark, committee, thompson, wont
LAW: Fifth Amendment
DATE: 2020, Tuesday, Saturday, one week, January 6, September, last week, mid-April, last month, December 16, mid-November
ORDINAL: first, third
CARDINAL: 45, two