Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows appears to have had enough of the committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, and says that he will no longer be cooperating with the committee.
Meadows and his attorney, George Terwilliger, plan to inform the committee of their decision officially on Tuesday morning.
Meadows has flip-flopped on whether or not he would cooperate with the Democrat committee. Initially Meadows and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon both balked at any compliance with the committee.
While Bannon has since been indicted for his failure to appear before Congress, Meadows seemed resigned to attempt to work with the committee. According to Fox News, attorney Terwilliger said that Meadows was willing to come before the committee and would answer any questions that would not be covered by executive privilege.
The latest about-face is in response to the committee subpoenaing private phone records from his service provider.
Meadows’ attorney, according to CNN, wrote to the committee that “over the weekend that the committee had ‘issued wide ranging subpoenas for information from a third party communications provider.'”
Many Republicans have been suspicious of the Jan. 6 Committee from the start, seeing it as just another attempt by Democrats to damage former President Donald Trump and anyone associated with him.
George Terwilliger points out some disturbing comments by committee Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
During an appearance on MSNBC last week, Thompson discussed the fact that former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark had also been subpoenaed but planned on invoking his fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination.
“But you know, if you say you haven’t done anything wrong, but on the other hand, you want to assert the Fifth Amendment in terms of self-prosecution, it says that you have something to hide. So we’re going to give him an opportunity to do it. He can do it and it will be under oath and he is still subject to certain penalties should he decide to not tell us anything.”
Thompson then delivered the money quote, “If he is saying, ‘I’ll come but I’ll plead the Fifth,’ in some instances that says you are part and parcel guilty to what occurred.”
Terwilliger’s response, this called into question “exactly what is going on with this committee.”
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