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Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows reaches a DEAL to cooperate with the January 6 committee

Congressional investigators probing the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol said on Tuesday that Mark Meadows, former President Donald's chief of staff, has provided records to the panel and agreed to appear 'soon' for a deposition.

Meadows, along with former trump strategist Steve Bannon, had refused to cooperate raising the prospect of criminal contempt proceedings.

But that changed with the announcement that he had reached a deal. 

'Mr Meadows has been engaging with the select committee through his attorney,' said its chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson.

'He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for initial deposition.' 

Former President Donald Trump urged his senior aides not to cooperate with the House Jan. 6 investigation but on Tuesday investigators said former White House Chief of Staff had begun sharing documents and would appear 'soon' for a deposition

The House Jan. 6 committee is investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol when hundreds of Trump supporters tried to stop Congress certifying the results of the 2020 election

Jan. 6 panel considers whether to refer former Trump DOJ attorney Jeffrey Clark for contempt of court charges after he refused to testify

The vote on whether to refer Clark for criminal charges will take place on Wednesday

The Democrat-led House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is considering potential criminal charges for former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark, it was revealed on Monday.

The panel will vote on whether to refer Clark for charges on Wednesday of this week.

Clark was a low-level DOJ employee who caught the attention of former President Donald Trump and with his backing reportedly tried to pressure his bosses to either step down or force state governments to investigate their 2020 election results.

He refused to testify in front of the bipartisan panel and could be next in line for a criminal complaint after Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon, who was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month for refusing to testify.

Clark appeared for a deposition November 5 but told lawmakers that he would not answer questions based partly on Trump's legal efforts to block the committee´s investigation. 

The former president and his supporters are in the crosshairs of the House Jan. 6 committee, which was set up to investigate the deadly riot. 

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to to prevent Congress from certifying his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. 

Minutes earlier, the president urged them to march on Congress. 

And for weeks he made unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen from him.   

Trump has urged associates not to cooperate with the committee, calling the Democratic-led investigation politically motivated and arguing that his communications are protected by executive privilege. 

Elsewhere in Washington, lawyers for Trump spent the morning fighting efforts to turn over hundreds of pages of draft speeches, email chains and other documents to the investigation.

Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to testify and turn over documents in response to a subpoena. 

And the House committee is currently considering whether to bring criminal charges against former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark.

He reportedly tried to pressure his seniors to ask state governments to investigate the 2020 results. 

Until now, Meadows had defied a subpoena from the panel and did not show up for a scheduled deposition.

As former chief of staff, he is seen as a key witness to understanding Trump's moves in the run up to Jan. 6 and the events on the day. 

Thompson said the committee expected all witnesses to provide the information requested.  

'The committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition,' he added.

Meadows' lawyer George Terwilliger told CNN: 'As we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the select committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive executive privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

'We appreciate the Select Committee's openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics.'