Under intense pressure from Department of Justice officials, four inner circle advisers to former President Donald Trump have agreed to plea deals — a reduction of charges in exchange for testimony against their former boss.
The list includes two former Trump attorneys, one legal adviser and Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Trump refers to the DOJ’s intimidation tactics as tantamount to extortion or blackmail.
The four who reportedly “flipped” on Trump were facing felony charges, years in prison and significant fines but in exchange for potentially damning testimony against the former president, they will now likely receive probation and minor fines.
Trump has expressed frustration and disappointment at news his legal advisers took a plea deal but has reserved his strongest comments for his former chief of staff.
Attempting to coax Meadows to take the high road, Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I don’t think Mark Meadows would lie about the Rigged and Stollen 2020 Presidential Election merely for getting IMMUNITY against Prosecution (PERSECUTION!) by Deranged Prosecutor, Jack Smith.”
Trump, who has received two gag orders from two different judges, added:
“BUT, when you really think about it, after being hounded like a dog for three years, told you’ll be going to jail for the rest of your life, your money and your family will be forever gone, and we’re not at all interested in exposing those that did the RIGGING — If you say BAD THINGS about that terrible ‘MONSTER,’ DONALD J. TRUMP, we won’t put you in prison, you can keep your family and your wealth.”
For his part, Meadows denies claims he has “flipped” on his former boss or agreed to testify against Trump in exchange for immunity.
George Terwilliger, an attorney for Meadows, defended his client, telling CBS News: “I told ABC that their story was largely inaccurate. People will have to judge for themselves the decision to run it anyway.”
Claims that Meadows was taking an immunity deal from Special Council Jack Smith were first reported by ABC News. Citing anonymous sources, ABC said Meadows testified to Smith that he “repeatedly told Trump in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election that the allegations of significant voting fraud coming to them were baseless.”
ABC also noted that Meadows reportedly informed federal investigators that Trump was “dishonest” when he said he won the election hours after polls closed.
“Obviously we didn’t win,” Meadows reportedly told Smith’s team.
Meadow’s book “The Chief’s Chief” notes that Trump claimed the 2020 election was “stolen” and “rigged” with help from “allies in the liberal media.” Though Trump claimed to have “actual evidence of fraud, right there in plain sight for anyone to access and analyze,” Meadows reportedly told investigators he had not seen any evidence of fraud.
In June, The Independent reported an immunity deal for Meadows and other defendants was in the works.
Meadow’s attorney Terwilliger denied the claim.
After the Independent’s report, Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform:
“Mark Meadows NEVER told me that allegations of significant fraud (about the RIGGED Election!) were baseless. He certainly didn’t say that in his book!”
Trending Politics reported that Meadows faces multiple charges for participating in a Trump-led conspiracy to overturn Georgia’s election results and convince state lawmakers to accept a slate of alternate delegates.
The Post Millennial reported that Meadows and 17 other co-defendants have been charged in Fulton County, Georgia, by District Attorney Fani Willis. That case centers on charges of election fraud and all codefendants are being charged under Georgia’s RICO Act.
The RICO Act allows all codefendants to be convicted as a group — regardless of one’s personal involvement with the crime.
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