Then-President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff, former GOP congressman Mark Meadows, may have just thrown his former boss under a bus.
According to a report from The Independent on Wednesday, “Meadows has already given evidence before the grand jury and is said to be cooperating with the investigations into his former boss.
“It is understood that the former North Carolina congressman testified as part of a deal for which he has already received limited immunity in exchange for his testimony,” the outlet added.
MORE: It is understood that Mr Trump's last White House chief of staff, @MarkMeadows, has agreed to plead guilty to several lesser federal crimes in exchange for his testimony under a limited grant of immunity. https://t.co/7ZMm60nhxf
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 7, 2023
The Independent notes further:
A source who was briefed on the agreement claimed that the alleged agreement will involve the ex-chief of staff entering pleas of guilty to unspecified federal crimes but an attorney for Mr Meadows, George Terwilliger, denied that to The Independent. Mr Terwilliger said that the idea that his client would enter any guilty pleas was “complete bulls***” but did not address the matter of immunity in a brief telephone conversation with this reporter.
The report also notes that the Justice Department is on the verge of indicting the former president on various charges related to his classified documents investigation, including obstruction.
The news comes “as the Justice Department declined to delay charges to give time to investigate allegations of witness tampering submitted by the former president’s legal team, according to multiple people on Wednesday familiar with the case,” Just the News reported.
“The sources directly familiar with the case told Just the News that DOJ declined to delay the planned indictment of Trump to investigate allegations that a senior prosecutor working on the case tried to influence a key witness by discussing a federal judgeship with the witness’ lawyer,” the site noted further.
“That allegation is still pending in a secret case before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, the jurist who oversees the federal court in Washington, D.C., and the grand juries that convene in that courthouse, the sources said,” the outlet added.
According to sources, an unprecedented federal indictment prepared by Special Counsel Jack Smith may be presented to a federal grand jury as soon as this week, targeting the 45th president.
Smith’s prosecution team has notified Trump’s legal team in recent days that the potential charges against the former president may encompass a violation of 18 U.S. Code Chapter 37 Section 793, which prohibits the “gathering, transmitting, or losing” of national defense information.
Additionally, other charges being contemplated involve alleged false statements and obstruction of justice, all of which Trump and his legal team have staunchly refuted both publicly and privately.