Former White House chief of staff Mark meadows has decided to stop cooperating with the January 6 committee.
Fox News reports:
“We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Meadows’s attorney George Terwilliger told Fox News.
Terwilliger said Meadows was looking to appear voluntarily before the committee and answer questions that Meadows believed were not protected by executive privilege.
Over the weekend, however, the committee demonstrated that they indeed planned to look into privileged subject matters, the attorney said. Terwilliger pointed to how, the committee had issued at least one subpoena to third parties for Meadows’s cell phone records, which Meadows intended to turn over voluntarily after screening them for privileged material.
Meadows’ attorney also noted a recent comment by committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson that made Meadows reconsider.
“The chairman of the committee … publicly said that another witness’s claiming of the Fifth Amendment would be tantamount to an admission of guilt,” Terwilliger said, adding that this called into question “exactly what is going on with this committee.”
Meadows isn’t the first Trump official to refuse to cooperate with the panel. Former strategist Steve Bannon also refused and was later charged with contempt of Congress.