Mark Meadows is being Urged to Testify as the Select House Committee Urged Judge Carl Nichols to Make it Happen
According to the Meadows defense team, the communications between Meadows and Donald Trump are protected by “executive privilege."
United States District Judge Carl Nichols has made clear his opinion that Mark Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff, and his conversations with Donald Trump during the January 6th Capitol Riots should “not be shielded from lawmakers.” He did not immediately make a ruling on whether or not a subpoena of the communications must be provided.
According to the Meadows defense team, the communications between Meadows and Donald Trump are protected by “executive privilege,” which allows communications between a President and top aides to remain private. The lawyers also argued that Mark Meadows was “absolutely immune” from being called to testify.
Last year, Mark Meadows worked in cooperation with the January 6th House Committee, but later sued the panel concerning subpoenas. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives voted to refer Meadows to the DOJ for contempt of Congress, but the DOJ declined charges.
The court was told by the House Committee that it has narrowed down the information it wants from Mark Meadows. Douglas Letter, the United States House lawyer, said that the talks of what Mark Meadows witnessed at the White House during the riots are not protected because they “did not concern official White House business.” A letter has acknowledged the committee is not seeking a court order to compel Meadows to appear before investigators. However, the panel hopes he will if the judge rejects the legal arguments currently presented by Mark Meadows’ legal team.
George Terwilliger, Mark Meadows’ lawyer, told the court that he [Meadows] has provided all needed nonprivileged information to the committee — all they had asked for — and has also turned over a log of privileged material. Terwilliger said that “Having Mr. Meadows testify would undermine the confidentiality typically granted to high-level White House discussions.” In response, Elizabeth Shapiro, a DOJ lawyer, said that the DOJ does not believe absolute immunity applies to former senior aides once a president leaves his/her position, but the protection for communications remains in place.