(Trends Wide) — Former Donald Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan.6 attack and is providing records and agreeing to appear for an initial interview, Trends Wide exclusively learned.
The move represents a critical shift in the relationship between Trump’s top ally and the panel, and prevents a criminal contempt referral for now.
“Mr. Meadows has engaged with the Select Commission through his attorney,” Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the commission, said in a statement.
“He has submitted records to the commission and will appear soon for an initial deposition. The select commission expects that all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, will provide all requested information and that the select commission is legally entitled to receive. The commission will continue to report. evaluate your degree of compliance with our subpoena after the testimony. “
Meadows attorney George Terwilliger said in a statement to Trends Wide that there is now an understanding between the two parties on how information can be exchanged in the future, stating that his client and the commission are open to engaging on a certain set of issues. as they go about figuring out how to deal with information that the commission is seeking that could fall under executive privilege.
But the deal could be fragile if the two parties cannot agree on what is inside information.
News of the understanding comes as Trump’s attorneys argued in front of a federal appeals court in Washington that the former president should be able to assert executive privilege over the commission’s records.