Meadows turned over the same materials he provided to the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol, a source said, fulfilling the obligations of a Justice Department subpoena, which was not previously disclosed.
Last year, Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails to a House committee before she stopped cooperating. Speeches he delivered between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s inauguration, previously obtained by CNN, provided a window into his activities in the White House, although he did not deliver hundreds of messages.
In addition to Trump’s former chief of staff, Ben Williamson, one of Meadows’ top White House representatives, also recently received a grand jury subpoena, another source familiar with the matter told CNN. The subpoena was similar to those received by others in Trump’s orbit. It has heard testimony and records related to efforts to change the January 6 and 2020 elections. Williamson previously cooperated with the January 6 Committee. He declined to comment to CNN.
An attorney for Meadows declined to comment. The Justice Department did not respond to CNN requests for comment.
Federal investigators have issued at least 30 subpoenas to people with ties to Trump, including top officials in his fundraising and former campaign operations.
After Meadows stopped cooperating with a House committee, Congress referred him to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. The DOJ declined to prosecute him for contempt earlier this year.
It’s not yet clear whether the Justice Department will seek additional materials from Meadows as part of the ongoing criminal investigation, which could lead to a legal fight over executive privilege.
Another source described their relationship as “not what it once was” while in the White House, but Trump said they still maintain a relationship, even though he complains to others about the lawns.
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