Mark Meadows, former White House Chief of Staff assert that “leaked” texts from Fox News hosts urging him to tell former President Donald Trump to order his supporters to stand down during the storming of the United States are currently being “armed” by the House Select Committee who must investigate the attack.
“We have tried very hard, in a very transparent and accommodating way, to share non-privileged information,” Meadows said in an interview with Newsmax. “And what we found out tonight is that not only was it disregarded, but that they then tried to arm text messages, selectively leaked them, to honestly say that the president did not act.”
None of the Fox hosts who sent text messages to Meadows – Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity – acknowledged the messages on their programs.
Ingraham, for example, told Meadows that the “president must tell people in the Capitol to go home. It hurts us all. He destroys his legacy. “
Kilmeade, in turn, told Meadows the attack was “destroy everything you have achieved.”
The House Select Committee recommended that Meadows be charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Last week, news reports reported that Meadows had decided not to sit for a deposition, a reversal of an announcement the week before that he would comply with the committee’s subpoena ordering him to appear.
“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under duress from the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a statement to answer questions on non-privileged matters. Now action by the Select Committee has made such an appearance untenable, “wrote George J. Terwilliger III, a lawyer for Meadows, in the letter obtained by CNN.
“In short, we now have every indication from the information provided to us last Friday – about which Mr Meadows can expect to be questioned – that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries regarding Executive Privilege,” he said. added and noted that Meadows is still willing to answer written questions.
“Nevertheless, as we have done before, we reiterate our willingness to conduct an interrogation process of Selected Committee-written questions and answers from Mr. Meadows should be considered so that there can be both an orderly process and a clear record of questions and related allegations of privilege where appropriate, ”Terwilliger wrote.
Alan is a writer, editor and news junkie in New York.