Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows has suddenly decided to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and is already providing documents, putting off, for now, the panel’s threat to hold him in criminal contempt, the Associated Press reports.
The AP report cited Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) saying that the panel “will continue to assess his degree of compliance,” adding that Meadows “has produced records and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”
“The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive,” Thompson said, according to the AP.
Meadows’s decision comes hours after the Jan 6 Panel announced that it is recommending criminal prosecution for former Trump justice department official Jeffrey Clark for defying a subpoena seeking his cooperation with the probe. It also comes weeks after the Justice Department indicted Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena.