Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to cooperate with Jan. 6 select committee

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Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff and was involved in efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, is now cooperating with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chairman of the panel, said in a statement that Meadows has been “engaging” with the panel through his lawyer, providing records to the committee “and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”

Meadows was subpoenaed by the committee in late September for records and testimony regarding his and Trump’s activities before and during the Capitol riot.

His lawyer initially said Meadows wouldn’t cooperate with the committee because of Trump’s plans to assert executive privilege, an argument dismissed by the committee, whose members will vote this week to hold former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark in contempt of Congress for ignoring the panel’s subpoenas.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the panel, said over the weekend that the committee would decide whether to hold Meadows in contempt this week.

The Biden White House had already said it would not assert privilege over Meadows’ testimony.

Earlier this month, Trump adviser Steve Bannon was charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress for spurning the committee’s subpoena. Bannon, who was not serving in the White House at the time of the Jan. 6 rally, has pleaded not guilty.

Former senior Pentagon official Kash Patel and Trump aide Dan Scavino were also subpoenaed by the committee in late September, along with Meadows and Bannon, but it’s not clear whether either has cooperated with the committee of late.

The panel has conducted more than 150 interviews and issued roughly 45 subpoenas as part of its inquiry.

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