A lawyer suggests that if reports are accurate that Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, provided testimony for special counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury, Trump should be worried.
George Conway, who frequently criticizes Trump and is separated in marriage from former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, responded to reports that Meadows testified under oath about Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, his actions during the January 6 attack, and Trump’s possession of classified documents after leaving office.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Meadows testified to a grand jury after being subpoenaed by Smith’s office.
George Terwilliger, who represents Meadows, stated that Meadows is committed to telling the truth, and he has a legal obligation to do so. Terwilliger did not comment on whether Meadows has testified before the grand jury or in any other proceeding.
Conway told Joy Reid on MSNBC that if Meadows had testified, it would be a significant and bad sign for Trump, considering his importance in both investigations.
Conway stated that he was the gatekeeper in the January 6 investigation, responsible for managing communications with Trump when individuals attempted to contact him and urge him to speak out. If Mark Meadows can reveal information about Trump’s actions and thoughts, it could be troubling for Trump.
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack subpoenaed Meadows to provide thousands of text messages. According to the messages, GOP lawmakers, Fox News presenters, and members of Trump’s family urged Meadows to convince the former president to call for an end to the violence on January 6. Trump did not do so for over three hours.
Meadows appeared before the grand jury as part of the January 6 probe after a judge rejected Trump’s attempt to block his appearance on the grounds of executive privilege in March.
In July 2021, a recording was made at a meeting held at Trump’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. The meeting involved two individuals who were assisting in writing Meadows’ biography. There is audio that raises questions about Trump’s claim that he had declassified all materials after leaving the White House.
Meadows did not attend the July 2021 meeting where Trump reportedly discussed possessing the classified document.
There were reports that Meadows testified to the grand jury after claims that Trump and his team had not been in contact with him despite being considered a key figure in Smith’s probes. This led to speculation that Meadows was cooperating.