Mark Meadows agrees to cooperate with House Select Committee's Jan. 6 investigation
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has reportedly agreed to cooperate with the House panel overseeing the investigation into the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
On Tuesday, November 30, House Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) released a statement confirming Meadows' decision, which will ultimately halt him from being held in contempt of court.
"Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi who chairs the committee said in a statement. "He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition. The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive. The Committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition."
George Terwilliger, the lawyer representing the former chief of staff, has also released a statement detailing his decision. “We appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics,” Terwilliger said in a statement.
Terwilliger also explained his continued efforts to work with his client and the House Select Committee in hopes of reaching some form of "accommodation" that would not require Meadows to waive executive privilege.
"As we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the Select Committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive Executive Privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress," Terwilliger said. "We appreciate the Select Committee's openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics."
However, the House panel insists it has questions for the former Trump administration officials that do not directly detail his conversations with the former president. Because of that, those particular questions "couldn’t be blocked by privilege claims," Associated Press reports.
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