Ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows complies with the Justice Department’s Jan. 6 probe

Mark Meadows
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows looks on in the Oval Office in April 2020.

  • Former chief of staff Mark Meadows has responded to the DOJ's subpoena as part of its Jan 6 probe.
  • He handed over the same documents to DOJ that he gave to the Jan 6 committee.
  • The committee has scrutinized Meadows' involvement in the days leading up to the US Capitol attack.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has complied with the Justice Department's subpoena for its January 6 investigation, CNN reported.

Meadows handed over the same information to the Justice Department that he provided to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

Last year, Meadows initially complied with the committee's investigation and handed over more than 2,300 text messages he exchanged with others between the 2020 presidential election day and President Joe Biden's inauguration.

The committee has scrutinized Meadows' role and communications in the days leading up to the US Capitol attack. Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a top aide to Meadows at the time, testified publicly before the committee that Meadows was warned in advance that there could be violence on January 6.

Later on, Meadows refused to cooperate with the committee's investigation and filed a lawsuit against the committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, requesting a judge block it from enforcing subpoenas issued to him and Verizon, the carrier service for his cell phone. The House of Representatives then voted to refer the former chief of staff to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress, but DOJ ultimately decided not to charge him.

One of Meadows' top deputies Ben Williamson has also received a grand jury subpoena, according to CNN.

Trump has denounced the Justice Department investigations as politically motivated but some of this advisers have chosen to cooperate. In addition to Meadows, ex-White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy have responded to federal subpoenas.

At least seven people lost their lives, and about 140 police officers were injured during the January 6 insurrection.

Meadows did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

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