Meadows filed his friend-of-the-court brief on Trump’s ongoing lawsuit against the special committee in October. The federal district and appeals courts in Washington, DC have vigorously denied Trump’s efforts to override Biden, but the matter now needs to be tried in the Supreme Court. The judges are meeting for a conference on Friday, and the House of Representatives has urged them to reject Trump’s efforts to suspend the judgments of the lower courts – by mid-January.
For Meadows, a judge’s decision to hear the case could save him potential charges of criminal contempt. The House of Representatives last month called on the Justice Department to indict Meadows for refusing to appear, and the DOJ has been reviewing the transfer for more than three weeks. The department has already indicted another Trump ally, Steve Bannon, for refusing to cooperate with the committee. Bannon is due to be tried in July.
More than a dozen other Trump employees and employees have filed lawsuits against the committee in the past few weeks to block subpoenas for their testimony or telephone and bank records. Among them: former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, pro-Trump radio host Alex Jones, attorney John Eastman and attorney Cleta Mitchell. A number of activists who helped organize the January 6 pro-Trump rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol are also fighting subpoenas for their records.
Meadows appears to believe that the Supreme Court’s examination of Trump’s case could avert legal ramifications for him and others faced with subpoenas from the committee as the judges’ final decision would affect their failure to testify.
“If the court were to find that President Trump has a valid right to privileges that President Biden cannot waive, or that the special committee has no valid legislative purpose, then the special committee would need to narrow (or at least go) its investigation. back to the drawing board) in a way that could make a large part of the pending litigation contentious, ”writes Terwilliger.
In particular, Meadows appears to agree with the urgency of the House. His lawyer repeatedly urges the court to make a “timely” decision.
“A quick response is important because whatever the court decides, its verdict will guide the parties in all related disputes,” writes Terwillinger, noting that even if Trump loses, “[Meadows] and other former officials would be guided by the decision of the court in their own litigation as well as in their broader dealings with the select committee. “
Meadows has also filed its own lawsuit to prevent the committee from enforcing its subpoena for its documents and testimony. In that lawsuit, he reiterated Trump’s claims about executive privilege and argued that even former senior White House advisers cannot be compelled to testify in Congress. Like Trump, Meadows claims that the January 6th committee is conducting an invalid investigation that focuses on improper “law enforcement” purposes rather than developing laws.