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Jan. 6 Committee Tells Court Mark Meadows Must Comply With Subpoena

  • Judge says House panel might prevail with easier argument
  • Trump’s chief of staff is seeking to avoid testifying to panel
Mark Meadow attends the America First Agenda summit on July 25.

Mark Meadow attends the America First Agenda summit on July 25.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Nearly a year after Donald Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was subpoenaed by the House Jan. 6 committee, a federal judge pressed the panel’s lawyer on why they hadn’t pursued what seemed like an easier legal argument to get Meadows’ legal challenge tossed.

US District Judge Carl Nichols engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth with House General Counsel Douglas Letter in a Washington courtroom Wednesday over the committee’s decision to not invoke a sweeping protection that prevents members of Congress from being hauled into court to defend their legislative work.