Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows cooperating with Jan. 6 committee

… from the Washinton Post, first reported by CNN

[ Editor’s Note: This looks to me like a chess move by Meadow’s attorney to start giving the committee some documents of his choosing, which allows Meadows to separate himself from the Bannon ‘kiss my fanny’ approach.

The ‘privilege’ conditions issue could be just a delay, as the Appeals court is hearing arguments on that today. If the ruling comes down that some documents have privilege and some not, then Meadows has some control over what he doesn’t have to turn over.

The next question is will anyone else follow suit behind him. If so, we will not have to wait long to find out. Nobody wants to piss ten to twenty grand away on the front end of defending a physically complex criminal charge that others find a work around for that they can live with.

A good lawyer is supposed to lay out the options and price tags for you and let you spin the wheel on which options you want to take a flyer on… Jim W. Dean ]

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First published … November 30, 2021

Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff at the time of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, is cooperating with the House committee investigating the pro-Trump insurrection, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), said Tuesday.

“Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney,” Thompson said in a statement. “He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”

Meadows is the highest-profile member of Trump’s inner circle who is known to be cooperating or who the committee has publicly acknowledged is cooperating.

Committee members have previously said that many people with connections to the events of that day have voluntarily engaged with investigators, but they have not specified who those individuals are or how high up they were in the Trump administration.

Thompson, in his statement, said the committee “expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive.”

…“I’m glad he has now agreed to appear and has already provided documents,” Schiff said. “We will evaluate the extent of his compliance after his testimony. We must reveal the full truth of what led to January 6.”

From CNN:  Even though Meadows has begun engaging with the committee in a more serious way, the extent to which he will fully cooperate and the question of what he will try to claim as executive privilege still hangs in the balance, according to multiple sources.

The agreement means the committee will hold off from pursuing criminal contempt against him, though that route always remains a possibility as this fragile step forward could be temporary.
“It’s not incorrect to say he has cooperated to some extent, but he hasn’t completely fulfilled his obligation and we need to see what happens. But Meadows doesn’t want to be held in contempt,” a source familiar with the process tells CNN.

..It is fair to say he is not (Steve) Bannon, and he is not Clark … and he doesn’t want to be,” the source said. “But how much he is cooperating, and how much he will cooperate remains an open question. He has done some things … but he has not fulfilled all his obligations … and it is not entirely clear yet how much he will cooperate.”

“We can tell the difference between someone who is stalling or faking, we don’t think that’s what is going on here,” the source added.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. You know this whole “insurection” thing is all a big charade for the sheeple, right(?); to keep them in suspense and agitation, distracted and misdirected, looking over here and not over there, and looking over there and not over here, never having a clue about the total trick of fake reality being played on them.
    If, in fact, it had been a “real” insurrection against the powers-that-be, we would have seen firing squads and swift justice.
    That you can count on.

    • If it had been a real insurrection we would have seen military stuff like tanks rolling around and perhas shooting those who fled their approach. In any large military industrial power, a true inserrecton has to have a kinetic element, if not its just a rowdy protest deminstration. Trump knows this and used prison guards and state & local law enforcement to give that ultimate authority to some demonstration of his followers in Washington a few years ago. If it air armed, it ain’t serious.

    • Newsflash: Prez is Commander-In-Chief.

      And Chief Executive. (A lifelong civilian like me, having to say this on VT, lol.)

      There were rows & rows & rows of troops waiting there for BLM – without anywhere near the advance red flags for 1/6.

      If the sh!t-slinging coup terrorists were chanting Allahu Akbar instead of Trumpu Akbar they’d be in Gitmo… Those who survived.

    • Been sayin’ this for ages. This was as real as all the other big events that have changed our government…and our lives.

    • “There were rows & rows & rows of troops waiting there for BLM – without anywhere near the advance red flags for 1/6.” Amen on all this, and has not gone unnoticed, as the big media investigative reporters who have dug a lot of it out are ‘hinting’ to the Jan 6 committee that it needs a separate targeted investigation of the blatant security failure, where I would bet General Flynn’s brother will be found involved. Those people cannot be left ‘untouched’ as they are still key Trumper insider assets and very dangerous left in place. That said, notice how it came out last week that the DoJ has quietly been doing things with secret grand juries, done not to spook others that they want to feel are in the clear.

    • “There were rows & rows & rows of troops waiting there for BLM – without anywhere near the advance red flags for 1/6.” – Amen on all this, and has not gone unnoticed, as the big media investigative reporters who have dug a lot of it out are ‘hinting’ to the Jan 6 committee that it needs a separate targeted investigation of the blatant security failure, where I would bet General Flynn’s brother will be found involved. Those people cannot be left ‘untouched’ as they are still key Trumper insider assets and very dangerous left in place. That said, notice how it came out last week that the DoJ has quietly been doing things with secret grand juries, done not to spook others that they want to feel are in the clear.