Friday November 12th 2021
U Committee to Capitol Tower
Ex-Trump employee refuses to testify
The House of Representatives wants to work through the storm on the US Capitol in January with a committee of inquiry. But Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff under Donald Trump, does not want to testify against his former boss. The reason is a “sharp legal dispute” with the committee.
With the former chief of staff in the White House, Mark Meadows, another close aide of ex-President Donald Trump refused to testify before the committee of inquiry into the storming of the US Capitol. Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said there was still a “sharp legal dispute” with the House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry.
The question is whether Trump can make use of his so-called executive privilege, which would allow him to keep certain information secret. Meadows argues that he cannot testify against Trump’s will before the parliamentary body unless a court has first clarified the issue of executive privilege for the former president. This would be downright “irresponsible,” said Meadows’ attorney.
The former chief of staff should actually have testified to the committee of inquiry on Friday. The House of Representatives could now take legal action against Meadows – just as MPs had done with Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6th, when the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election on November 3rd was to be certified there. The attack, which made headlines around the world, killed five people. The investigative committee set up by the House of Representatives is supposed to clarify the exact background of the attack. The panel has summoned a number of former Trump employees.
MEPs also want to see White House files from around January 6th, which are now in the National Archives. Trump also wants to prevent that with reference to his alleged executive privilege. While a federal judge approved the handover of the documents on Tuesday, this decision was initially put on hold by an appeals court on Thursday. The court scheduled a hearing on November 30th. The case should ultimately end up in the US Supreme Court, the Supreme Court in Washington.