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Judge tosses Trump chief of staff Meadows' lawsuit challenging Jan. 6 committee subpoenas

A federal judge dismissed former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows' lawsuit on Monday night that sought to nullify two subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot.

Why it matters: U.S. District Carl Nichols' ruling that the Constitution's "speech or debate" clause protects Congress members conducting legislative work from civil lawsuits" could impact other lawsuits from Trump allies challenging subpoenas issued over the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

The big picture: Meadows is believed to have information on former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win. He initially cooperated with the panel before backing out.

  • He cited in his lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and all nine members of the Jan. 6 select panel Trump's claims of executive privilege.
  • However, Nichols wrote in the ruling in the District of Colombia, which Meadows could appeal: "The record makes clear that the challenged subpoenas are protected legislative acts."

What they're saying: "We will review the decision carefully and consider any further steps that may be appropriate," Meadows' attorney George Terwilliger told Politico.

What we're watching: Republicans are expected to disband the Jan. 6 panel if they gain control of the House in next week's midterm elections.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further context.

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