President Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows has reportedly reached an agreement with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Background: The House Select Committee comprised of members selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi has issued a series of subpoenas to former Trump allies and advisers to hand over documents and testify on events surrounding Jan. 6th.
The panel has subpoenaed advisers such as former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon ultimately defied the subpoena which led to him being indicted on charges of contempt of Congress.
Previously, Meadows said he did not plan to cooperate with the House panel’s requests. However, the committee said that if Meadows did not appear by the deadline, it would consider him in contempt of Congress.
What Happened: On Tuesday, January 6th Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson announced Meadows would cooperate with the panel and has agreed to share documents and attend an initial deposition.
“He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” Thompson said in a statement Tuesday. “The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive.” (per Fox News)
What Happens Next: While Meadows has initially agreed to cooperate, his attorney noted that the deal could fall through.
“As we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the Select Committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive Executive Privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” Meadows’s attorney, George Terwilliger, said in a statement. (per The Hill)