Meadows says the 1/6 panel has sought to publicly “discredit him” 2022-04-30 14:16:21

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Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has accused the congressional committee that investigated last year’s attack on the US Capitol of leaking all of his text messages to the committee in what he described as an attempt to publicly discredit him.

The argument came on file Friday in Washington federal court, where Meadows Lawsuit in December to invalidate subpoenas issued to him regarding his testimony and to Verizon regarding his cell phone records.

In the latest filing, Meadows’ attorneys asked a judge who denied the commission’s request to issue a court ruling in its favour that could force Meadows to comply with subpoenas. The committee requested an urgent briefing schedule on Wednesday after submitting its proposal the previous week.

Lawyers say Meadows deserves a chance through a fact-gathering process known as discovery to gather information on questions that remain disputed, such as the panel’s allegations that former President Donald Trump did not properly invoke executive privilege on items subpoenaed by the panel. Because he did not convey this position directly to the Committee.

“Mr. The promoter cannot know whether this unsupported disagreement is true without discovery — or whether the select committee had awareness of former President Trump’s assertions,” the proposal states. She adds that Meadows should have the ability to obtain any communications between the committee and Trump and possibly take the testimonies of people familiar with those discussions.

the home Voted in December to hold Meadows in criminal contempt After he stopped cooperating, he referred the matter to the Department of Justice, which did not say whether it would take action. Meadows’ legal team said it provided extensive cooperation but the committee refused to honor Trump’s assertion of executive privilege.

Meadows’ proposal also accuses the commission of waging an “ongoing media campaign” against him. Although it does not provide evidence, it says the commission leaked all text messages Meadows provided to the commission.

“Congressional defendants, under the auspices of a legitimate subpoena, urged Mr. Meadows to provide only thousands of his private communications for use in a coordinated and ongoing effort to publicly discredit him through the media,” Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, wrote in the motion.

Court filings by the committee showed how Meadows had been in regular contact prior to January 6, 2021, with Republican allies who made false allegations of election fraud and supported the annulment of the results of the race won by President Joe Biden. deposit a week ago He was cited by a White House aide who said Meadows had been notified in advance of a possible outbreak of violence on January 6.

The committee, through a spokesperson, declined to comment on Saturday on Meadows’ accusations against the committee.

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Associated Press writer Varnosh Amiri contributed to this report.

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