News just broke that Trump’s former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, will sit before the January 6 Select Committee.
Meadows, like Bannon, was facing an indictment for ignoring the congressional subpoena to testify.
This last-minute maneuver will rob Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of the spotlight he has been craving in going after Meadows.
Big Turn of Events
Meadows will, by far, be the highest-ranking Trump official to sit down before the committee.
I cannot imagine that Meadows made this move without Trump’s blessing.
I say that because Meadows has been advocating for Trump since his term ended and continues to encourage Trump to run again.
If there were anything damning in his files, I just would not see him rolling over this quickly.
On the Meadows news, committee chairman Bennie Thompson stated, “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.”
Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger had shown nothing but resistance to this point, so the announcement definitely caught me by surprise, as I am sure it did others.
Earlier this month, he had stated, “Our correspondence over the last few weeks shows a sharp legal dispute with the committee.
“The issues concern whether Mr. Meadows can be compelled to testify and whether, even if he could, that he could be forced to answer questions that involve privileged communications.
“Legal disputes are appropriately resolved by courts.
“It would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve that dispute by voluntarily waiving privileges that are at the heart of those legal issues.”
With Meadows now agreeing to testify, we are left to assume the issues they had with the committee have been resolved.
Of course, Meadows may just go before the committee and stonewall them, using this as a mere delay tactic to allow Trump’s privilege lawsuit to work its way through the system.
Source: Fox News