Trump ignores advice to stop talking to current, former aides, including Meadows: CNN

Trump ignores advice to stop talking to current, former aides, including Meadows: CNN

  • Trump is ignoring legal advice to stop talking to his former and current aides, including Mark Meadows, CNN reported.
  • The DOJ is investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot and has been in communication with Trump’s lawyers.
  • Meadows could potentially prove to be a key witness in the department’s investigation.

Former President Donald Trump has ignored legal advice from his lawyers to stop talking to current and former aides — including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, CNN reported.

The Justice Department is investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and sources told CNN that Trump’s legal team is in talks with the DOJ regarding their investigation, the first known interaction between the two camps.

Trump’s lawyers have advised the former president not to speak with his current and former aides, according to CNN, particularly Meadows, whose former aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the House Select Committee, which is also investigating the events of January 6, 2021.

Although one source told CNN that Trump and Meadows have communicated on several occasions, another source noted that Trump and Meadows’ relationship is “not what it once was” compared to when they were both still in the White House.

“There is clearly a concerted effort to undermine the vital, constitutionally enshrined executive and attorney-client privilege through partisan, political persecution,” a Trump spokesman told CNN in a statement. “How can a future president ever have private conversations with his lawyers, advisers and other senior advisers if such adviser is forced, either during or after the presidency, before an unelected committee or other entity, and is forced to reveal these privileged , confidential discussions?”

The spokesman added: “President Trump will not be deterred by witch hunts or kangaroo courts from continuing to defend and fight for America, our Constitution and the truth.”

Former White House aides, including Hutchinson, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, have previously testified before the committee and revealed bombshell details about Trump’s response to the January 6, 2021, riot.

In the wake of the testimony of his former aides Hutchinson and Griffin, there remains the chance that the DOJ may seek Meadows as a witness in their investigation.

In a statement to CNN, Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said “this is all idle and uninformed speculation, apparently by people who know little but talk a lot.”

Nonetheless, former White House counsel Ty Cobb told CNN that Meadows is “perfectly positioned to be the John Dean of this mess,” alluding to the former aide to former President Richard Nixon whose public testimony was crucial to the Senate committee investigating The Watergate Scandal.

“Reason [Meadows] is valuable is also why he’s at risk: He was basically at Trump’s right hand through all these exercises and participated in key meetings and phone calls,” Cobb said.

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