Mark Meadows asks SCOTUS to move quickly on Trump’s Jan. 6 lawsuit

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has asked the Supreme Court to quickly resolve President Donald Trump’s executive privilege lawsuit against the House Jan. 6 committee.

A swift decision in the case could potentially spare Meadows prosecution from Biden’s Justice Department, a lawyer for Meadows said, according to The Washington Times.

Meadows in legal bind

Meadows has said that he is in a legal bind. As his lawyer put it in a brief to the Supreme Court, Meadows and other Trump aides have a “difficult choice” — either defy Trump by sharing “potentially privileged” information, or snub the committee and risk prosecution.

Indeed, the Jan. 6 committee has already asked Biden’s aggressively political Department of Justice to charge Meadows with contempt of Congress after he stopped cooperating with the Democrats’ show trial, and the DOJ has already charged Steve Bannon.

Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger III, argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling could nullify, or at least clarify, the case against the former Trump chief of staff.

“A prompt answer is important because, however the Court rules, its ruling will guide the parties in all of the related disputes,” Terwilliger said in a brief, according to The Washington Times.

“It will narrow — if not altogether eliminate — the dispute between the Select Committee and the targets of its investigation and may hasten the ultimate resolution of other pending litigation,” the lawyer added.

Decision could render case “moot”

The Biden White House has, naturally, refused to uphold Trump’s executive privilege claims. Two lower courts have dismissed Trump’s complaint.

If the Supreme Court “were to hold that President Trump has a valid claim of privilege which President Biden cannot waive, or that the Select Committee is not pursuing a valid legislative purpose,” then the committee’s case could be rendered “moot,” Terwilliger wrote in his brief, according to the Times.

President Trump has argued that the committee has no legislative purpose and is pursuing an unauthorized law enforcement investigation.

In his own lawsuit to block the committee’s subpoena for his phone records, Meadows similarly argued that the House was asserting “novel and sweeping” law enforcement powers in a partisan effort to intimidate the Democratic Party’s enemies.

Indeed, the committee has targeted individuals who helped organize a peaceful protest merely questioning the 2020 election results, just one part of a broad effort to use the “insurrection” to stifle their opposition in the GOP.

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