Meadows reaches initial cooperation deal with Jan. 6 committee

Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has reached an initial deal to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, providing documents and agreeing to testify before the panel.

“Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said Tuesday. 

“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.”

The tenuous agreement comes as the committee is poised to censure its second witness. The committee announced Monday that it will hold a vote later this week to censure former Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark after he failed to cooperate with the committee -- a move that would leave his former employer to prosecute him alongside one-time White House strategist Steve Bannon.

While the agreement may help Meadows dodge the same immediate outcome, both sides appeared to hint at the potential for the deal to unravel.

“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,” Meadows’s attorney, George Terwilliger, said in a statement.

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

Meadows is a central figure in the committee’s probe, appearing to be deeply involved with the former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

Subpoenas sent by the committee to Meadows and others in his orbit target the chief’s involvement in Trump’s election efforts at the Department of Justice; in Georgia where Trump pressured the secretary of state there to “find” 11,780 more votes; and in the planning of rallies just before Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Meadows was said to be “engaging” with the committee since he was first subpoenaed in September. 

But the panel later ratcheted up the pressure, sending subpoenas to a number of those who worked closely with Meadows at the White House just days before demanding he appear for a Nov. 12 deposition.

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