Meadows sued Pelosi, January 6th committee

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

NATIONAL (The hill) – Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark meadows sues Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And the House Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as it faces likely conviction of contempt for refusing to cooperate with the panel.

In a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon, Meadows attorneys said the special committee had no power to issue the subpoenas sent to it or obtain its phone records from a third party President BidenThe refusal to exercise executive privilege raises constitutional issues that should be judged by the courts.

“As a result, Mr. Meadows, a witness, has been placed in the untenable position of choosing between contradicting privileges of constitutional origin and scope and either risking the execution of the summons issued to him, not just the House.” the executive and judicial branches or alternatively by unilaterally renouncing the privileges and immunities of the former president “, Complaint reads. “So Mr. Meadows goes to the courts to say what the law is.”

The lawsuit said Meadows believed the committee would “act in good faith” until he learned over the weekend that lawmakers had called Verizon over his personal phone recordings. The telecommunications company told Meadows in a letter on Saturday that it would comply with the committee’s subpoena by December 15, unless a court orders otherwise.

Pelosi and select committee spokesmen did not immediately respond when asked for comments.

The Meadows attorney said Tuesday that his client would not appear for an interview scheduled for Wednesday after a tentative agreement was announced last week for Trump’s top White House adviser to provide records and testimony to the panel.

The chairman of the select committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Said Tuesday the panel would vote to despise his former colleague in the House if he did not show up for the interview.

“If Mr. Meadows actually refuses to appear, the Select Committee will have no choice but to pursue a disregard procedure and recommend that the panel on which Mr. Meadows once served refer him to law enforcement,” Meadows said in one joint statement on Tuesday with the vice-chairman of the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

Thompson said Meadows must report to the committee “of extensive official records held in his personal phone and email accounts that are required to be turned over to the National Archives under the Presidential Records Act.”

CNN reported on Tuesday that the select committee had issued phone recordings of more than 100 people, including Meadows.

Meadows’ lawsuit argues that the select committee is not a legitimate legislative body and therefore its subpoenas are invalid and unenforceable. The former White House official also argues that the committee requires information and records that are protected by Trump’s claims to executive privilege.

“The special committee’s subpoena to Mr. Meadows illegally solicits executive privilege information and improperly seeks to obtain a testimony from a senior executive,” the lawsuit said. “During his tenure as chief of staff, Mr. Meadows was a senior officer in the executive branch, and his communications and deliberations were covered by the executive privilege.”

How much authority a past president must use to claim executive privilege is likely to be dealt with by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals when it decides on Trump’s lawsuit designed to prevent the National Archives from filing hundreds of pages of the His government records to elect the committee. A three-person district court jury heard oral arguments on the case late last month, but the rules are likely to weigh heavily in Meadows’ lawsuit.

This is a development story, check back for updates.

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