Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday he believes it’s unlikely that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows “flipped” against former President Trump because he’s among those charged in the Georgia indictment.
“He’s [Meadows] pretty damaging,” Bharara said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t think he’s flipped. We have a situation in which he has been charged in the Georgia case and it’s unlikely that you’re charged and defendant in one case, but you flipped in a related case. So I don’t know that he’s cooperating.”
Bharara said Meadows could prove to be “problematic” for Trump given how close he was to the former president and reports that Meadows has spoken to more than one grand jury investigating Trump.
ABC News reported Sunday that Meadows told federal investigators probing the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case that he did not recall Trump ever ordering or discussing declassifying documents, a key defense by Trump’s team in that case.
The network reported that when the documents were first requested by the National Archives, Meadows offered to help Trump go through the boxes he had taken from the White House to find and return official records. Sources told ABC News that Meadows said Trump did not accept the offer.
Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida in June over his alleged mishandling of classified documents. Pleading not guilty to charges, the former president has repeatedly claimed the documents were declassified when he brought them to Mar a Lago.
Separately, Trump and Meadows were among 19 co-defendants charged in an indictment in Georgia over an alleged scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state.