The Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots on January 6 recommended the House of Representatives ban former White House chief of staff to President Donald Trump Mark Meadows for contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas.
Meadows, who declined to sit down to answer questions about the then president’s actions on January 6, is the third Trump ally to face the threat of possible criminal charges stemming from from the investigation into the fatal attack.
Bipartisan council, nine members voted unanimously in favor of a report that includes a solution recommended the House of Meadows with disdain and referred him to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.
51 pages long contempt report Meadows issued a refusal to fully comply with the subpoena, asking him to present a series of files to the commission and sit down with investigators.
Chairwoman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., flanked by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Left, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaking during a House Select Committee hearing to The General Committee’s January 6 Inquiry on “House Recommendation Report Cites Mark Randall Meadows on Congress’s disregard for crime” on Monday, December 13, 2021.
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The committee said Meadows delivered thousands of files before reversing course and refusing to cooperate, citing Trump’s assertion that Meadows’ testimony was protected by executive privilege.
“When the filing brings up the questions – as these inevitably happen – you have to come and answer those questions,” selection committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said ahead of the drop. vote in a public meeting on Monday night.
“And by the time he had to follow the law, step in and testify on those questions, he changed his mind and told us to smash the sand. He didn’t even show up,” Thompson said.
Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
She and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have read a series of panicked messages that the pro-Trump Fox News host, congressional lawmakers and even the president’s stepson have sent to Meadows during the riot.
“Mark, the president needs to tell everyone on Capitol Hill to go home. This is hurting us all. He’s destroying his legacy,” Cheney said, citing a passage by the narrator. Fox show Laura Ingraham.
Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s eldest son, texted Meadows “over and over again,” Cheney said.
“We need an Oval Office address,” Trump Jr wrote in a text message, according to Cheney. “He must condemn this — the sooner the better,” he wrote in another article, Cheney said.
Instead of appearing scheduled to be impeached last week, Meadows sued the committee and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asking the court to void two of the panel’s subpoenas .
Meadows’ legal complaint is based on Trump’s directive about Trump’s failure to comply with the subpoena, placing Meadows in an “unacceptable position of choosing between conflicting privilege claims” filed by Trump and Presented by President Joe Biden.
Trump sued to block the National Archives from sending a series of White House records to the committee on January 6. He argued that the records were protected by executive privilege. Biden, however, waives privileges to those materials.
One federal district court judge and a panel of three federal appellate court judges denied Trump’s privileged claims.
The House of Representatives voted to hold former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon in contempt for his own non-compliance with a subpoena issued by the panel on January 6. The state then charged Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress.
Bannon has pleaded not guilty. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 for each count. A federal judge has set a tentative start date of July 18 for Bannon’s trial.
Last week, the selection committee voted conduct contempt proceedings against former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, though investigators also granted him an extension of time to comply with the investigation.
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