Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was recently sued on Friday by the publisher of his memoir. It has been noted that All Seasons Press (ASP) alleged Meadows breached his contract by including false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election – statements he has since reportedly recanted to federal prosecutors via Media Ite.
“Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff under President Donald J. Trump, promised and represented that ‘all statements contained in the Work are true and based on reasonable research for accuracy’ and that he ‘has not made any misrepresentations to the Publisher about the Work,’” the publisher lawsuit read.
It has come to light that the suit was filed at a Sarasota County, Florida court house and seeks for Meadows to pay back the $350,000 advance he received for the book and an additional $600,000 in damages.
The Hill reported on Friday that the publisher also wants “at least $1 million each for reputational damage suffered by the company and loss of expected profits for the book, which they argue plummeted given Meadows’s involvement in numerous investigations regarding Jan. 6.”
ABC News reported in late October that Meadows told federal prosecutors that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen from Trump, nor was there any sign of voter fraud – despite counterclaims in his book.
“Meadows told prosecutors he agreed the 2020 election was the most secure in American history and that he repeatedly told Trump in the weeks after the election that the allegations of significant voting fraud coming to them were turning out to be baseless,” ABC reported.
Meadows’s book stays loyal to the widely debunked claims from Trump that the 2020 election was stolen and the suit even notes that one of Meadows’s chapters begins with, “I KNEW HE DIDN’T LOSE.”
The suit argues that Meadows coming clean to prosecutors about the election lies in the book caused “ASP to suffer significant monetary and reputational damage when the media widely reported … that he warned President Trump against claiming that election fraud corrupted the electoral votes cast in the 2020 Presidential Election and that neither he nor former President Trump actually believed such claims.”
The Hill also reported that ASP withheld the third payment of its advance to Meadows and in a December 2021 letter told Meadows that further payments would be withheld “pending an investigation” that the book contained false information.
Meadows, a former member of Congress, has become a deeply controversial figure in American politics as he played a central role in both Trump’s efforts to stay in power despite leaving the 2020 presidential election and the subsequent January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol aimed at stopping the electoral vote count on that day to certify the election. Meadows has been indicted alongside Trump in Georgia over his activities related to overturning the election in that state.