A number of legal experts and political commentators have pointed to potential problems for Donald Trump following reports that his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, complied with a subpoena in as part of the Department of Justice (DoJ) investigation on January 6.
Meadows handed prosecutors the same documents he was requested to via a subpoena also issued to him by the House Select Committee investigating the events leading up to the insurgency, according to CNN.
Last year, Meadows submitted thousands of text messages to the Jan. 6 panel — including those that showed Fox News hosts and Donald Trump Jr. expressing concerns about the violence taking place on Capitol Hill — before quitting. cooperate.
Handing over documents to the Jan. 6 committee is part of the obligations required to comply with the DoJ’s subpoena, according to CNN.
Meadows is now the most senior Trump official known to have responded to a subpoena in the federal Jan. 6 investigation, with experts pointing to the possible legal issues it could mean for the former president.
Others have also suggested the reports prove previous speculation that Meadows was not charged by the DoJ for failing to comply with his congressional subpoena.
Former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino also escaped prosecution for failing to comply with his congressional subpoena, but former White House adviser Steve Bannon and former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro have been charged. .
Tristen Snell, an attorney and former New York State assistant attorney general, said Meadows complying with the DoJ’s subpoena shows he’s “playing ball” with federal investigators.
“That’s why the DOJ didn’t sue Meadows for contempt of Congress: he was already working with them,” Snell tweeted.
“This is NOT good for Trump. Meadows was Trump’s right-hand man on all things Jan. 6.”
The Twitter account of the left-leaning Palmer Report blog also said that Meadows cooperating with the DOJ in its Jan. 6 investigation “could be the worst news for Trump yet.”
“Meadows knows more about Trump’s crimes than anyone else,” the Palmer report tweeted.
“Meadows has a history of partial cooperation against Trump, so he can hold himself out of jail and still tell himself that he still remains loyal to Trump. So there’s reason to suspect he might do the same thing here.
“But that Meadows fully complied with the DOJ subpoena, the fact that he gave the DOJ as much as he gave the House is still very bad news for Trump. if the House shares everything with the DOJ.”
CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said Meadows complying with the DoJ subpoena would be “a start” toward cooperation.
“Weird that they only subpoenaed the documents he already gave to the Jan 6 Committee (as opposed to everything),” Honig tweeted. “The DOJ has to finish the job, or it’s useless. There’s no halfway cooperation with the DOJ.”
However, Bradley Moss, a national security attorney, urged people to “temper your enthusiasm” around Meadows.
“I didn’t read much of the reporting behind Meadows, just complying with what was ordered by the subpoena. No indication that he reversed or is cooperating beyond the subpoena.” Moss tweeted.
Newsweek has contacted Meadows for comment.