Mark Meadows: January 6 House panel sought to publicly ‘defame’ him

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Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has accused the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising of leaking text messages he provided in an attempt to defame him. publicly.

Meadow made the claim in a Friday filing in federal court for the District of Columbia, asking a judge to reject the committee’s request for an expedited decision that would require him to comply with subpoenas.

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The committee asked for an expedited information schedule on Wednesday after tabling its motion.

His lawyers claimed that Meadows deserved to take depositions and gather relevant information from the discovery.

His motion also accuses the committee of waging a “sustained media campaign” against Meadows, although he did not provide evidence for that allegation.

On Friday, CNN said it obtained 2,319 text messages that Meadows sent and received between Election Day 2020 and President Biden’s inauguration.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House on October 26, 2020, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

“The Congressional Defendants, under the auspices of a lawful subpoena, instigated Mr. Meadows to produce thousands of his private communications only to be used in a concerted and ongoing effort to publicly vilify him through the media” , Meadows attorney George Terwilliger wrote.

Court filings from the committee showed Meadows was in regular contact before Jan. 6, 2021, with Republicans who advanced false allegations of voter fraud and supported the nullification of the 2020 election results.

A filing last week cited testimony from a White House aide who said Meadows was told there could be violence on Jan. 6.

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“I know that concerns were reported to Mr. Meadows. I don’t know. I don’t want to speculate whether they perceived them as genuine concerns or not, but I do know that people had conveyed to him information that had indicated there could be violence on the 6th,” Cassidy Hutchinson, former special assistant to the president and legislative affairs coordinator, told a committee. filing in court. “But, again, I don’t know if he, what he did with that information internally.”

Hutchinson said she did not know what information was given to Meadows or how it was subsequently used.

The House of Representatives voted in December to hold Meadows in criminal contempt after he stopped cooperating.

Meadows sued the House committee earlier in the month after defying a subpoena.

The Justice Department has not said whether it will take action on the matter.

Chad Pergram tweeted on Saturday that Fox News had been told the committee would hold eight hearings in June and a ninth and final hearing in September.

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens during an announcement of the creation of a new South Carolina Freedom Caucus based on a similar national group during a press conference on April 20, 2022, in Columbia, SC
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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens during an announcement of the creation of a new South Carolina Freedom Caucus based on a similar national group during a press conference on April 20, 2022, in Columbia, SC
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

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Each hearing will focus on a specific “theme” related to the riot.

He said the panel will release its report as part of the September hearing.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Timothy Nerozzi and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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