Very, very, very bad news for Donald Trump


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Donald Trump is probably freaking out right now after CNN just reported that Mark Meadows is officially cooperating with the House select committee tasked with investigating the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

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Trump’s homophobic former chief of staff has begun providing records and has agreed to appear before the committee for an initial interview. His cooperation marks a “critical shift” in the investigation. It also staves off a criminal contempt referral… for now.

“Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney,” Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the committee, said in a statement released earlier today. “He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”

“The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive. The Committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition.”

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As for Meadows, his attorney says his client understands what is expected of him and is open to discussing certain topics, provided they don’t fall under executive privilege.

“As we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the Select Committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive Executive Privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” attorney George Terwilliger said. “We appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics.”

CNN reports:

Even though Meadows has begun engaging with the committee in a more serious way, the extent to which he will fully cooperate and the question of what he will try to claim as executive privilege still hangs in the balance, according to multiple sources. The agreement means the committee will hold off from pursuing criminal contempt against him, though that route always remains a possibility as this fragile step forward could be temporary.

Meadows’ decision to cooperate with the committee comes just one week after Steve Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify and hand over documents in response to a subpoena from the committee.

“It is fair to say [Meadows] is not Bannon,” a source tells CNN, “and he doesn’t want to be. But how much he is cooperating, and how much he will cooperate remains an open question. He has done some things … but he has not fulfilled all his obligations … and it is not entirely clear yet how much he will cooperate.”

“We can tell the difference between someone who is stalling or faking, we don’t think that’s what is going on here,” the source adds.

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.