House of Representatives votes to keep Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted to serve as former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows contempt for Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House Select Committee of the Inquiry January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The final number of votes was 222-208. Only two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, joined all the Democrats.

The matter will now be referred to the Department of Justice. In October, the House recommended that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon be held in contempt for refusing to comply with the subpoena. Ministry of Justice then charge him on two counts of contempt. he pleaded not guilty but faces a year in prison for each count if convicted.

On Monday night, Cheney, who was on the January 6 committee, read aloud texts sent to Meadows on January 6 of Donald Trump, Jr. and Fox News host Sean Hannity, Brian Kilmeade and Laura Ingraham.

“These non-privileged texts are further evidence of President Trump nullifying the supremacy of those 187 minutes,” Cheney said.

Capitol Violation of Subpoena Explained
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks by phone on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on October 30, 2020.

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“He must condemn this ASAP. Capitol Police tweets are not enough,” Trump Jr wrote, as Cheney read. In a tweet from his now-banned account, the president told his supporters shortly after 2:30 p.m. on January 6, “Please support the Capitol Police and their Law Enforcement I. They are really on the side of our Country. Keep the peace!”

Meadows replied, “I’m trying a lot. I agree.”

Committee members read more texts on Tuesday before the full House, including one by a member of Congress saying it was “wonderful” that Jeffrey Clark was “introduced”.

Meadows had a partial partnership at first with the committee, handed over some email and text message records, but he was impeached last week and refused to turn over another batch of documents, citing ex-Trump claims of privilege.

Meadows’ attorney, George J. Terwilliger, stated in a statement Tuesday that Meadows never “discontinued cooperation as widely reported.” He asserted that Meadows had been “fully cooperative”, noting that he had provided “materials in his possession without privilege and had sought various ways to provide other information in the while continuing to respect the former president’s requests for privilege.”

Among the documents Meadows provided to the committee was a PowerPoint presentation titled “Election fraud, foreign interference, and options for JAN 6,” which was originally intended to be distributed to members. Congress, Thompson noted in a letter to Terwilliger last week.

Meadows also wrote in a January 5 email that the National Guard would be in Washington the next day “to protect Trump supporters,” according to the disdain report.

The contempt report also describes a January 5 email in which Meadows said that the National Guard would be in Washington the next day “to protect Trump supporters.” The committee wrote that Meadows said more Guardians would be on standby, but it provided no other details about the exchange.

The committee also attached to the report a transcript of questions it would ask Meadows if he appeared. The transcript cites text messages between Meadows and a senator in which they discuss Vice President Mike Pence’s “power to deny electors,” thus potentially changing the outcome of the meeting. vote. In one of the texts, Meadows “recounted a one-on-one conversation with President Trump, who, according to Mr. Meadows in his text messages,” thought the lawmakers had rights, but the VP also had powers. , “end quote.”

The committee has issued subpoenas to several other members of Trump’s inner circle, including former top adviser Stephen Miller and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Conservative activist Dustin Stockton, who fueled the protests that led up to January 6 though not the Stop Theft protests, and Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence , both sat down for an interview with the January 6 selection committee on Tuesday.

The House Select Committee, established by Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this year, is investigating January 6 attack, when thousands of Trump supporters poured into the Capitol as Congress counted the electoral votes, a final ceremonial step confirming Biden’s victory. Lawmakers were sent on the run during the riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people and arrest hundreds of others. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to “walk through” the Capitol during the Stop Theft rally, has impeached by the House a week later for inciting riots but then acquitted by the Senate.

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