1/ Mark Meadows testified to a federal grand jury as part of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump. Smith is overseeing two federal investigations of Trump: his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving office. Trump’s former chief of staff was reportedly asked about both subjects. Earlier this year, a federal judge rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege and ordered Meadows and other former Trump aides to testify before the grand jury. Smith also subpoenaed Meadows for testimony and documents related to the probe. (New York Times / CNN / New York Times / ABC News)
2/ Steve Bannon was subpoenaed for documents and testimony by a federal grand jury in Washington as part of the investigation into Trump’s efforts to stay in office. The subpoena was sent in late May. Bannon was previously charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony issued by the Jan. 6 committee. He was convicted of two charges in July 2022 and the Justice Department recommended he be sentenced to six months in jail and fined $200,000. Separately, Trump’s former White House communication direction voluntarily met with federal prosecutors. Alyssa Farah Griffin provided information about Trump leading up to the Jan. 6 attack, including his state of mind and what he knew about his baseless claims of election fraud. (NBC News / CNN)
3/ A former Trump aide testified to a federal grand jury in Miami about Trump’s handling of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago. Taylor Budowich was Trump’s spokesman at the time when the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago, which should have been turned over to the agency when he left the White House. After handing over the 15 boxes, which contained highly sensitive documents, Trump’s aides drafted a statement asserting that all the presidential material had been returned, which was false (see: the 27 additional boxes of documents the FBI retrieved during the court-authorized search of Mar-a-Lago). Prosecutors have the draft statement. Budowich now runs Make America Great Again Inc., the super-PAC supporting Trump’s 2024 bid for reelection. Separately, about two dozen Secret Service agents assigned to Trump’s security detail at Mar-a-Lago were subpoenaed or have already appeared before a federal grand jury in Washington related Trump’s handling of classified documents. (New York Times / Bloomberg / NBC News / CNN / Associated Press)
4/ Pence argued that Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election should disqualify him from running for president. “Anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution should never be president of the United States,” Pence said, adding that “Jan. 6 was a tragic day in the life of our nation” and “Trump’s reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol.” No other major Republican candidate for president has mentioned Jan. 6 in an announcement speech. Pence, who is the first vice president in modern times to challenge his old running mate for the party’s nomination, concluded: “And anyone who asks someone else to put them over the Constitution should never be president again.” (The Hill / New York Times)
5/ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did not file his annual financial disclosure by the deadline. Instead, he asked for an extension following reporting and criticism about his decision to not disclose luxury vacations, estate sales, and gifts paid for by a Republican megadonor in previous years. Thomas received a 90-day extension to submit his required disclosure. Justice Samuel Alito also requested an extension. (Washington Post / New York Times / Wall Street Journal / NBC News / Bloomberg / CNBC / CNN)
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