Exclusive: Mark Meadows Complied with DOJ Subpoena Jan. 6

Meadows turned over the same materials to the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol, a source said, complying with the obligations of a Justice Department subpoena, which has not been previously disclosed.

Last year, Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails to the House committee before ceasing to cooperate. The texts he provided, previously obtained by CNN, provided a window into his dealings at the White House, although hundreds of messages were withheld, citing executive privilege.

In addition to Trump’s former chief of staff, one of Meadows’ top White House deputies, Ben Williamson, also recently received a grand jury subpoena, another source familiar with the matter told CNN. That subpoena was similar to that received by others in Trump’s orbit. He asked for testimony and records regarding January 6 and efforts to nullify the 2020 election. Williamson cooperated with the January 6 committee. He declined to comment to CNN.

Meadows’ compliance with the subpoena comes as the Justice Department ramps up its investigation into the Jan. 6 incident, which now touches on nearly every aspect of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, including a voter fraud scheme. CNN reported this week on the unfounded claims of election fraud and how money flowed to support these various efforts.

An attorney for Meadows declined comment. The Justice Department did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

Federal investigators have issued at least 30 subpoenas to people with ties to Trump, including top officials in his fundraising and campaign operations.

As White House chief of staff, Meadows was at the center of Trump’s efforts to cancel the election in the two months between Election Day and President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Meadows communicated with numerous officials who tried to uncover election fraud and promoted various schemes to try to overturn the election, according to text messages obtained by CNN that Meadows gave to the House Select Committee. Meadows also shared baseless conspiracy theories with Justice Department leaders that Trump tried to enlist the DOJ’s help in claiming the election was stolen from him.

After Meadows stopped cooperating with the House committee, Congress referred him to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. The DOJ declined to prosecute for contempt earlier this year.

It’s not yet clear whether the Justice Department will seek more material from Meadows as part of its ongoing criminal investigation, which could trigger a legal battle over executive privilege.

After the FBI raided Trump’s Florida residence and resort last month, Meadows turned over previously unreleased texts and emails from his time in the administration to the National Archives, CNN previously reported. Last year, Meadows spoke with Trump about documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago that he wanted the National Archives to return.

Trump has been advised to cut ties with Meadows, and some of Trump’s lawyers believe Meadows may also be in the crosshairs of investigators and worry she could become a truthful witness if pushed to cooperate, CNN reported last month. However, Trump and Meadows have spoken several times, according to a source familiar with their relationship.

Another source described their relationship as “not the same” as when they were in the White House, but said they still keep in touch, despite Trump complaining about Meadows to others.