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What Mark Meadows Knew

The former White House chief of staff is being held in contempt of Congress for the things he won’t say about Jan. 6.

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Episode Notes

After initially cooperating with the select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reversed course, deciding instead to assert executive privilege. But Meadows had already handed over documents and text messages relating to that day, painting a picture of how Trump’s inner circle reacted as the Capitol was under siege.

What happens to Meadows now that he’s been held in contempt of Congress? And could possible criminal charges for defying the committee spur other witnesses to speak?

Guest: Nicholas Wu, congressional reporter for Politico.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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