Mark Meadows, former Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump, has vehemently denied allegations suggesting he wore a wire for the FBI. Labeling these claims as “ridiculous,” Meadows expressed his disbelief and frustration over the matter.
The statement was reported by The National Pulse, where Meadows reinforced, “Thanks for checking. It is ridiculous, it is 100 percent NOT TRUE!!”
ABC News had reported earlier this week that Meadows was granted immunity to testify under oath by special counsel Jack Smith. Meadows reportedly met with Smith’s team multiple times this year, shedding light on his interactions and conversations with Trump, especially after the 2020 presidential elections.
Late Thursday, there was widespread speculation on social media about the veracity of the allegations concerning Meadows. Ben Williamson, a seasoned representative for Meadows, refuted the claims, saying, “This crap is ridiculous, it’s straight out of the twilight zone.”
Sources familiar to ABC said that Meadows had informed Trump that the allegations of significant voting fraud were baseless. This was a stark contrast to Trump’s repeated claims of election fraud, which were echoed by Meadows in his own book. According to the report, Meadows reportedly told federal investigators that Trump’s initial claim of winning the election, mere hours after the polls closed, was “dishonest.” Reflecting on this, a source quoted Meadows saying, “Obviously we didn’t win.”
Meadows received immunity following a request from his attorney, enabling him to provide testimony to a federal grand jury without fearing self-incrimination. A top Justice Department authority sanctioned this decision, with U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg giving the final approval.
Investigators have been especially focused on Meadows’ dealings with Trump during his final month in office. They have been eager to dive into the specifics of their discussions related to the election and to ascertain if Meadows genuinely held the beliefs he mentioned in a book he released after Trump left the White House. This book, claiming to “correct the record” about Trump, has come under examination.
ABC News highlighted numerous inconsistencies between the book’s narratives and what Meadows reportedly conveyed to investigators:
According to Meadows’ book, the election was “stolen” and “rigged” with help from “allies in the liberal media,” who ignored “actual evidence of fraud, right there in plain sight for anyone to access and analyze.”
But, as described to ABC News, Meadows privately told Smith’s investigators that — to this day — he has yet to see any evidence of fraud that would have kept now-president Joe Biden from the White House, and he told them he agrees with a government assessment at the time that the 2020 presidential election was the most secure election in U.S. history.
Under the immunity order from Smith’s team, the information Meadows provided to the grand jury earlier this year can’t be used against him in a federal prosecution.
That immunity came after a lawyer for Meadows requested that his client be immunized to testify before the grand jury, sources familiar with the matter said. A senior Justice Department official signed off on the request and an immunity order was then issued by U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg, the chief judge at the federal court in Washington, D.C., days before Meadows appeared before the grand jury in March, sources said.
Had Meadows not been granted immunity, prosecutors expected him to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, sources said.
Even with the immunity, legal battles have not evaded Meadows. He, alongside Trump and 16 others, face charges in Georgia for allegedly attempting to reverse the state’s election results.
During his time as the White House Chief of Staff, Meadows was recognized for his close ties to Trump, who once labeled him a “special friend” and praised him as “a great chief of staff.” In response to these developments, a spokesperson for Trump’s presidential campaign told ABC, “President Trump will not be deterred by Crooked Joe Biden’s election interference and will continue to focus on winning back the White House and Making America Great Again.”