Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has now reportedly been subpoenaed in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s inquiry into the president’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol rioting.
Meadows reportedly received the request in January, before former Vice President Mike Pence was issued with a subpoena last week, according to a source familiar with the case.
Meadows’ request, who was the president’s advisor during the Capitol storming, may complicate the legal struggle against Trump.
If Meadows’ refusal to comply on the ground of executive privilege it will not be without precedent.
He used this argument when a judge ordered him to appear before a Georgia grand jury investigating the president’s suspected influence with the 2020 election.
Trump’s attorneys have used presidential privilege to block former aides from testifying.
Meadows is a Republican politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district from 2013 to 2020.
He is also a former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
In March 2020, Meadows resigned from Congress to become the White House Chief of Staff for President Trump.
He served in this role until January 2021, when Trump’s term in office ended.
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