By Holmes Lybrand and Hannah Rabinowitz | CNN
Donald Trump’s former chief of employees, Mark Meadows, was granted immunity by particular counsel Jack Smith and has met with federal prosecutors a number of instances of their investigation into the efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, in accordance with a report from ABC Information.
Meadows instructed investigators he didn’t imagine the election was stolen and that Trump was being “dishonest” in claiming victory shortly after polls closed in 2020, in accordance with ABC.
Meadows met with Smith’s crew a minimum of 3 times this yr, ABC reported, and prosecutors had been targeted on his conversations with Trump following the election defeat.
The settlement is the primary publicly recognized within the particular counsel’s investigation into the occasions round January 6.
Whereas the precise phrases of Meadows’ take care of prosecutors are usually not clear, comparable offers historically enable an individual with data about an ongoing investigation immunity from prosecution in the event that they cooperate absolutely with investigators, together with by giving testimony underneath oath.
CNN has reached out to Meadows’ lawyer for remark.
Throughout his testimony earlier than a federal grand jury, Meadows was additionally requested about efforts to overturn the election in addition to Trump’s dealing with of categorized paperwork, CNN beforehand reported.
Trump has been charged with a number of counts associated to alleged efforts to overturn the election outcomes and has pleaded not responsible.
The particular counsel has individually charged Trump with unlawfully protecting categorized paperwork at his residence after leaving the White Home. Meadows was additionally requested about Trump’s dealing with of categorized info in entrance of the grand jury, although it’s not clear whether or not his take care of prosecutors extends into the categorized paperwork investigation.
Meadows was additionally requested about Trump’s response to the January 6, 2021, riot on the US Capitol, ABC reported. In his testimony, Meadows corroborated accounts that Trump was hesitant to name on his supporters to cease performing violently, at one level even telling then-Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, “I assume these persons are extra upset than you might be.”
This story has been up to date with further particulars.