Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has complied with a subpoena from a Justice Department investigation into surrounding events. January 6, 2021Sources familiar with the matter told CNN that Trump made him the top official known to have responded to a subpoena in the federal investigation.
Meadows turned over the same materials he provided to the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol, a source said, fulfilling the obligations of a Justice Department subpoena, which was not previously disclosed.
Last year, Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails to a House committee before she stopped cooperating. Speeches he delivered between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s inauguration, previously obtained by CNN, provided a window into his activities in the White House, although he did not deliver hundreds of messages.
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In addition to Trump’s former chief of staff, Ben Williamson, one of Meadows’ top White House representatives, also recently received a grand jury subpoena, another source familiar with the matter told CNN. The subpoena was similar to those received by others in Trump’s orbit. It has heard testimony and records related to efforts to change the January 6 and 2020 elections. Williamson previously cooperated with the January 6 Committee. He declined to comment to CNN.
Meadows is complying with the subpoena as the Justice Department ramps up its Jan. 6 investigation, which now touches on nearly every aspect of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss — including the voter fraud conspiracy, the baseless effort. Claims of electoral fraud and how money flowed to support these various efforts, CNN reported this week.
An attorney for Meadows declined to comment. The Justice Department did not respond to CNN requests for comment.
Federal investigators have issued at least 30 subpoenas to people with ties to Trump, including top officials in his fundraising and former campaign operations.
As White House chief of staff, Meadows was at the center of Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in the two months between Election Day and Biden’s inauguration. Meadows contacted several officials trying to detect election irregularities and instigated various schemes to subvert the election. Text messages received by CNN Meadows submitted to the House Select Committee. Even meadows He shared baseless conspiracy theories Along with Justice Department leaders, Trump tried to get the DOJ’s help in his push, and the election was stolen from him.
After Meadows stopped cooperating with a House committee, Congress referred him to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. The DOJ declined to prosecute him for contempt earlier this year.
It’s not yet clear whether the Justice Department will seek additional materials from Meadows as part of the ongoing criminal investigation, which could lead to a legal fight over executive privilege.
Following an FBI search of Trump’s Florida home and resort last month, Meadows turned over unrecovered texts and emails from his time in the administration to the National Archives. CNN previously reported. Last year, Meadows spoke with Trump about documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago that the National Archives wanted back.
Trump has been advised to sever all contact with Meadows, and some of Trump’s lawyers believe Meadows could be in the crosshairs of investigators and worry that she could become a fact witness if forced to cooperate. CNN reported last month. However, a source familiar with their relationship said that Trump and Meadows have spoken several times.
Another source described their relationship as “not what it once was” while in the White House, but said they still maintained a relationship, as Trump complained to others about the lawns.
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