A federal judge may soon rule on former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s legal challenge to a subpoena from the House Select Committee that investigated Jan. 6.
Judge Carl Nichols said he would render the verdict “reasonably expeditiously.”
At Wednesday’s hearing, Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger III, said that presidential privileges extended to former presidential aides, that the subpoena issued by the special committee was overly broad, and that Meadows’ amendments to the Alleged that it violated Article 4 rights.
The House last year referred Meadows to the Justice Department for refusing to fully comply with the subpoena. But the Justice Department refused to indict him and then-President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino for contempt of Congress.
House legal counsel Douglas Letter told the judge: Meadows is obligated to answer questions to the committee, and his executive privilege does not cover everything a House committee might ask Meadows, even if it is asserted during his testimony.
Terwilliger praised Nichols for being “extremely knowledgeable” outside the courtroom and said the Meadows legal team would wait for a verdict before making any decisions about the future of the lawsuit.
Congressional subpoenas are difficult to enforce, and the judge nodded to the point at Wednesday’s debate. said.