Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows ripped the House Jan. 6 committee and a “hyper-partisan Congress” after he refused to comply with a subpoena to testify before the panel on Friday.
“We worked real hard to try to reach an accommodation with the committee, and yet it’s been basically their way or the highway,” Meadows told Newsmax TV’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight.”
“Congress has gotten so hyper-partisan and, candidly, this committee is more interested in politics than they are really solving real problems,” he added.
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The committee indicted former White House strategist Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress, the first time an indictment has been sought on that charge when executive privilege had been asserted by a U.S. president.
Meadows said he was not unwilling to share information with the committee, including information that counters the Democrats’ Jan. 6 narrative, but he said courts must first weigh in on Trump’s executive privilege.
“They took a very aggressive move today and sadly, you know, I think what most Americans are seeing this is an attempt to really keep the focus on Jan. 6 and not on their failing Biden administration policy,” Meadows said.
According to his attorney, George Terwilliger III, who wrote to the committee as former President Donald Trump seeks to protect his executive privilege claims in federal court: “It would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve that dispute by voluntarily waiving privileges that are at the heart of those legal issues.”
Meadows, a former GOP lawmaker from North Carolina, said that there are “legal matters” at stake.
“These are complex legal matters,” Meadows told Schmitt. “Quite frankly, you’ve got a number of difference of opinions – kind of got me in the in the middle of it – where we’ve got a president in President Trump that is saying that he wants to claim executive privilege. There’s case law that would suggest that that’s appropriate.
“You’ve got Congress that’s saying, ‘No, we’re not going to do that; we’re going to hold you in contempt if you don’t show up.’
“Hopefully the courts will weigh in,” Meadows continued.
The former chief of staff said the Democrat-controlled Jan. 6 committee is using a familiar playbook the party used throughout Trump’s presidency: Craft a false narrative and continue to push it until the media adopts and spreads it.
“They have a they have a track record of doing that: You know what they’ll do is they’ll selectively leak,” Meadows said.
“We saw that during the impeachment. We’ve seen that with the Steele dossier. They leak out little parts of it when they know they know better and, sadly, it hurts their reputation,” Meadows said.
“This was always a narrative where we had the Hillary Clinton campaign actually feeding information to someone to try to authenticate that,” Meadows said regarding the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative that turned out to be fabricated.
“And, then ultimately, these sources that they’re now having to retract were actually made up sources.
“So they spun their whole narrative, but here’s what you’ll start to find out is that a number of people closely tied to the Clinton campaign where not only shopping this information, but they were giving the information and then trying to authenticate it,” he concluded.