Attorney Says Meadows Won’t Cooperate with Jan. 6 Panel



In an abrupt reversal, an lawyer for former White House chief of employees Mark Meadows mentioned his shopper is not going to cooperate with a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt, citing a breakdown in negotiations with the panel.

Attorney George Terwilliger mentioned in a letter Tuesday {that a} deposition could be “untenable” as a result of the Jan. 6 panel “has no intention of respecting boundaries” regarding questions that former President Donald Trump has claimed are off-limits due to government privilege. Terwilliger additionally mentioned that he discovered over the weekend that the committee had issued a subpoena to a third-party communications supplier that he mentioned would come with “intensely personal” data.

Terwilliger mentioned in an announcement final week that he was persevering with to work with the committee and its employees on a possible lodging that may not require Meadows to waive the manager privileges claimed by Trump or “forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify” earlier than Congress.

“We appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics,” he mentioned then.

A spokesperson for the panel didn’t have instant touch upon Terwilliger’s letter. The committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, mentioned final week that Meadows had been participating with the panel by his lawyer, producing information and agreeing to look for an preliminary deposition.

Thompson mentioned the committee would “continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition.” He has mentioned that any witnesses who do not comply shall be held in contempt of Congress.

In halting cooperation, Terwilliger additionally cited feedback from Thompson that he mentioned unfairly cast aspersions on witnesses who invoke their Fifth Amendment proper towards self-incrimination. A separate witness, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, has mentioned he’ll invoke these Fifth Amendment rights.

“As a result of careful and deliberate consideration of these factors, we now must decline the opportunity to appear voluntarily for a deposition,” Terwilliger wrote within the letter.

The reversal comes as Meadows has been receiving consideration for a brand new e book, launched Tuesday, which revealed that Trump acquired a optimistic COVID-19 check earlier than a presidential debate and was far sicker than the White House revealed on the time.

Trump — who informed his supporters to “fight like hell” earlier than a whole bunch of his supporters broke into the Capitol and stopped the presidential electoral depend — has tried to hinder a lot of the committee’s work, together with in an ongoing court docket case, by arguing that Congress can not receive details about his non-public White House conversations.


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