On September 23, 2021, the January 6th House Select Committee issued a subpoena to Donald Trump’s compromised former Chief of Staff, Mark “MAGA Milquetoast” Meadows.
Thus began the dance between Meadows and the Committee, which is still seeking Meadows’s testimony, documents, and cell phone records, which were being held by Verizon.
Late last month, Trump appointee U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols ruled that he didn’t have the subject matter jurisdiction to weigh into the dispute between Meadows and the Committee. Meadows asked the judge to reconsider that decision and stay his prior ruling in order to maintain the status quo.
And Nichols was all, “DENIED!” in a new Thursday ruling which includes plenty of sick burns like “the panel found “credible evidence of your involvement in events within the scope of the Select Committee’s inquiry.”
So now we get to watch Meadows do the Steve Bannon BS dance around the truth, yaaaay.
“Yes, m’lord, I’ll do anything you say”
Meadows was probably still staunching his nosebleed from the Committee’s OG subpoena, which reads him to filth and back:
“It appears that you were with or in the vicinity of [Trump] on January 6th, had communications with the President and others on January 6th regarding events at the Capitol, and are a witness regarding activities of that day,” wrote Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) at the time.
“Moreover, it has been reported that you were engaged in multiple elements of the planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes,” the subpoena continues.
“In addition, according to documents provided by the Department of Justice, while you were the President’s Chief of Staff, you directly communicated with the highest officials at the Department of Justice requesting investigations into election fraud matters in several states.”
Law and Crime shares the glory of the judge’s decision:
“Because the Congressional Defendants (for whatever reason) did not pursue affirmative claims against Meadows, the Court’s dismissal of Meadows’s claims does not obligate him to take any action,” Nichols wrote.
“And because Meadows never sought (and thus the Court never granted) preliminary injunctive relief against the Congressional Defendants, the dismissal of his claims does not allow those Defendants to take any action that they were prevented from taking by Court order.”
The joy of knowing Meadows can’t duck testimony while Cassidy Hutchinson is cooperating with the DOJ is tempered by the foreknowledge that he won’t comply.
It’s fine, I’ll just be over here eating my fist while you enjoy these tweets dragging Meadows and his awful co-conspirators all over creation.
Text messages turned over to the January 6 Committee paint a picture of a full blown conspiracy to overturn the 2020 Presidential election & Mark Meadows was at the center. It’s curious that he just handed them over to the committee though. #DenverRiggleman #GinniThomas pic.twitter.com/bOZkcVvOEu
— Christopher Webb🇺🇸VOTE (@cwebbonline) September 25, 2022
Marjorie Taylor Greene abruptly left an appearance on a local Georgia TV show "Night Talk" when she was asked questions about the texts she sent to Mark Meadows before January 6, as well as calls from the audience regarding her views on abortion. She left without an explanation.
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) October 26, 2022
NOW: Former Republican Congressman Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) calls on the January 6 Committee to interview Lauren Boebert about her text messages to Mark Meadows.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 24, 2022
I have obtained the text message log Mark Meadows provided to the January 6 select committee and verified it from multiple sources. Based on the log, Cruz coordinated his January 6 election objection with Meadows.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 24, 2022
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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.