Trump chief of staff Meadows complied with Justice Department subpoena: source

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows, the fourth and final White House chief of staff during Donald Trump’s four-year term as president, has complied with a Justice Department subpoena and surrendered records as part of a federal investigation into Jan. 6. 2021, assault on the US Capitol and efforts to cancel the 2020 presidential election, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The records produced by Meadows are the same ones he previously provided to a House committee conducting a similar investigation, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing Justice Department investigation.

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The Meadows subpoena, first reported by CNN, makes it clear that Justice Department officials are seeking information from Trump’s top White House advisers as they review high-profile efforts to quash the results of the election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

The department, whose work has at times mirrored or overlapped with that of the committee, served a broad wave of grand jury subpoenas and search warrants on Trump allies this month.

Meadows has been a central figure in the House inquiry, his name being repeatedly invoked in testimony from other Trump advisers, including his own senior aide. He had provided the committee with thousands of text messages, including communications with Trump allies and outside advisers.

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In an April filing in a federal lawsuit regarding his subpoena, a lawyer for Meadows accused the committee of trying to publicly vilify him, noting that all of the texts provided to him had been leaked to the media. The committee declined at the time to answer the accusation.

Meadows did not provide the committee with the records it claimed were the subject of executive privilege claims, nor were those records produced to the Justice Department.

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