Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows granted immunity from prosecution

Mark Meadows, Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff, has been granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony.

The sources said Meadows informed [prosecutor Jack] Smith's team that he repeatedly told Trump in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election that the allegations of significant voting fraud coming to them were baseless, a striking break from Trump's prolific rhetoric regarding the election. According to the sources, Meadows also told the federal investigators Trump was being "dishonest" with the public when he first claimed to have won the election only hours after polls closed on Nov. 3, 2020, before final results were in."Obviously we didn't win," a source quoted Meadows as telling Smith's team in hindsight. Trump has called Meadows, one of the former president's closest and highest-ranking aides in the White House, a "special friend" and "a great chief of staff — as good as it gets."

"I'm going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people," he said in August 2015. "We want top of the line professionals." Which is to say: he was hired because he's a constant and useful liar.