The former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, complied with a subpoena from the Justice Department’s investigation into events in the area. On January 6, 2021, sources familiar with the case told CNN that it was a Trump official known to have responded to a subpoena in the federal investigation.
A source said Meadows handed over the same material he submitted to the House Select Committee to investigate the attack on the United States Capitol, in fulfillment of the obligations of a Justice Department subpoena, which has not been previously disclosed.
Last year, Meadows passed thousands of text messages and emails to a House committee before it stopped cooperating. The speeches he gave between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s inauguration, previously obtained by CNN, gave a glimpse into his activities in the White House, although he did not deliver hundreds of messages.
Lawyer explains the Ministry of Justice summons “Blitzkrieg” before the midterm elections
In addition to Trump’s former chief of staff, Ben Williamson, a senior White House representative at Meadows, recently received a grand jury subpoena, another source familiar with the case told CNN. The subpoena was similar to that of others in Trump’s orbit. I heard testimonies and reports of attempts to change the January 6, 2020 election. Williamson previously worked with the January 6 committee. He declined to comment on CNN.
Meadows meets with a subpoena as the Justice Department ramps up its Jan. 6 investigation, which touches on nearly every aspect of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss in the 2020 election — including a voter fraud conspiracy, and the unfounded effort. CNN reported this week that allegations of voter fraud and how money flowed to support these various initiatives.
Meadows’ lawyer declined to comment. The Department of Justice did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
Federal investigators have issued at least 30 subpoenas against those with ties to Trump, including those responsible for his past fundraising and campaign activities.
As White House chief of staff, Meadows was central to Trump’s efforts to reverse the election in the two months between Election Day and Biden’s inauguration. Meadows contacted several officials in an effort to uncover electoral irregularities and implemented several plans to undermine the election. Text messages received by CNN Meadows have been sent to the House Select Committee. Even Meadows engaged in baseless conspiracy theories with Justice Department leaders, Trump tried to get the Justice Department’s help, and the elections were stolen from him.
After Meadows resigned from working with a House committee, Congress referred him to the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress. The Justice Department refused to try him for contempt earlier this year.
It is not yet clear whether the Department of Justice will seek additional material from Meadows as part of the ongoing criminal investigation, which could lead to a legal battle over administrative law.
After the FBI searched Trump’s home and resort in Florida last month, Meadows handed unreturned texts and emails from his time in the administration to the National Archives. CNN previously reported. Last year, Meadows spoke to Trump about documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago that the National Archives wanted to get back.
Trump was advised to cut off any contact with Meadows, and some Trump lawyers believe Meadows may be in the crosshairs of investigators and fear she may become a witness if forced to cooperate. CNN reported last month. However, a source familiar with their relationship said that Trump and Meadows spoke to each other several times.
Another source described their relationship as “not like it was before” when they were in the White House, but said they were still in a relationship, with Trump complaining to others about Meadows.