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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising of leaking text messages he provided in an attempt to slander him in public.
Meadow made that claim in an application Friday in the District Court of Columbia’s federal court in which he asked a judge to dismiss the committee’s request for an expedited decision that would force him to comply with subpoenas.
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The committee requested an expedited briefing plan on Wednesday after submitting its proposal.
His lawyers argued that Meadows deserved to take deposits and gather relevant information through discovery.
His proposal also accuses the committee of conducting an “ongoing media campaign” against Meadows, although it did not provide evidence for this claim.
On Friday, CNN said it had received 2,319 text messages that Meadows had sent and received between Election Day 2020 and the inauguration of President Biden.
“The congressional prosecution, in a legitimate subpoena, caused Mr. Meadows to produce thousands of his private communications only to use them in a concerted and sustained effort to slander him publicly through the media,” Meadows’ lawyer said. George Terwilliger. wrote.
Committee court documents have shown that before January 6, 2021, Meadows was in regular contact with Republicans, who made false allegations of electoral fraud and supported reversing the results of the 2020 election.
An archive last week cited testimony from an assistant from the White House who said Meadows had been informed that there could be violence on January 6th.
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“I know there were concerns brought to Mr. Meadows. I do not know. I do not want to speculate whether they perceived them as genuine concerns or not, but I know that people had brought information to him who had indicated , that there could be violence the sixth, “said Cassidy Hutchinson, former special assistant to the president and coordinator of legislative affairs, in a committee. lawsuit. “But again, I’m not sure if he did what he did with that information internally.”
Hutchinson clarified that she did not know what information was given to Meadows or how it was used afterwards.
The House of Representatives voted in December to keep Meadows in criminal contempt after he stopped cooperating.
Meadows sued the House Committee earlier this month after defying a lawsuit.
The Ministry of Justice has not stated whether it will intervene in the case.
Chad Pergram tweeted on Saturday that Fox News was told the committee would conduct eight hearings in June and a ninth and final hearing in September.
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Each hearing will focus on a specific “theme” associated with the riot.
He said the panel would issue its report at the September hearing.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Timothy Nerozzi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.