(LibertySons.org) – David Jolly, a former Florida lawmaker, joined former Assistant US Attorney Glenn Kirschner and ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jon Karl in a panel discussion with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on August 21. The group discussed the possibility that a Trump insider provided evidence and testimony to assist Special Counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution of both his documents indictment and his January 6 indictment against former President Donald Trump. All three panelists agreed they believed they knew who turned informant.
Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows served as former President Trump’s closest aid during the turbulent time before and after the 2020 election that Trump disputed. Despite writing a book, “The Chief’s Chief,” after the transition of power in January 2021, the ex-aide has remained conspicuously quiet behind the scenes. Yet, Smith didn’t name or describe him as one of Trump’s co-conspirators in either indictment.
When the House Select Committee Investigating January 6 subpoenaed Meadows, he claimed executive privilege and relied on his attorney, George J. Terwilliger III, to help him navigate murky Constitutional waters. Ultimately, Trump’s fourth chief of staff turned over damning documents that didn’t enjoy executive privilege status, but he refused to testify before the committee, earning him a referral to the Justice Department (DOJ) for prosecution for contempt of Congress. However, unlike Peter Navarro or Steve Bannon, the DOJ didn’t pursue criminal contempt charges against Meadows, a disparity DOJ officials never explained.
While Meadows testified before a grand jury early this year, he maintained his claim of executive privilege, refusing to answer some questions. However, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the aides’ claims. The New York Times cited an unnamed person familiar with Meadows’ legal strategy and decisions said that after Howell’s ruling, the former aide sought to position himself as a neutral witness, trusting in the legal process.
For his part, Jolly told Wallace that he served with Mark Meadows in the House, knew him well, and “believe… that Mark Meadows has sung like a canary already to Jack Smith.” He added, “I also just don’t think he’s somebody that wants to go to prison for Donald Trump.”
Interestingly, on August 19, Meadows’ legal team filed a motion in the Georgia RICO case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. His attorneys argued that the DOJ declined to name him a co-conspirator or defendant along with Trump in Federal cases because the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution protects him from prosecution. They are asking Fulton County to drop RICO charges against their client using the same reasoning.
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