Speaking to Politico about Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ new book, House Capitol riot Committee member Congressman Adam Schiff says “It’s… very possible that by discussing the events of Jan. 6 in his book, if he does that, he’s waiving any claim of privilege. So, it’d be very difficult for him to maintain ‘I can’t speak about events to you, but I can speak about them in my book'”, to which other Democratic members of the committee concurred.
“If he did that, it’s a waiver legally” said Congresswoman Zoe Logfren. “You can’t assert a privilege that you have waived by virtue of your other actions,” adds Congressman Jaime Raskin about Meadows’ memoir “The Chief’s Chief”, the release of which is particularly poorly timed as its street date next Tuesday comes the same week Meadows is scheduled to sit down with the committee.
However, Meadows did on Wednesday say the stuff he wrote in his own book is “fake news”, which means he could use that to bolster his claim to executive privilege. If he says “Mr. Chairman, I cannot answer that as I claim it privileged under fake news”, it could work. Might as well try, right?