Jan. 6 committee, on Sunday, recommends Mark Meadows be held in contempt for defying subpoena

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is being targeted by the U.S. House Select Committee investigating January 6th for a refusal to cooperate.

The committee recommended in a report released Sunday that Meadows be held in contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena attempting to obtain documents and testimony from former President Donald Trump’s then-chief of staff.

Though Meadows previously had cooperated with the committee, he then charged that the panel was guilty of an abuse of power, arguing that information he would not produce was protected by executive privilege.

But the House report noted that “Meadows’s failure to comply, and this contempt recommendation, are not based on good-faith disagreements over privilege assertions.

“Rather, Mr. Meadows has failed to comply and warrants contempt findings because he has wholly refused to appear to provide any testimony and refused to answer questions regarding even clearly non-privileged information—information that he himself has identified as non-privileged through his own document production,” the committee added in the report submitted by its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss).

The 51-page document stated further “that there is no conceivable immunity or executive privilege claim that could bar all of the Select Committee’s requests or justify Mr. Meadows’s blanket refusal to appear for the required deposition.”

The House will reportedly vote on the contempt charges later this week and Meadows could face criminal charges, similar to what happened when former Trump aide Steve Bannon also defied a subpoena.

“Mr. Meadows’s failure to appear for deposition testimony in the face of this clear advisement and warning by the Chairman, and after being given a second chance to cooperate with the Select Committee, constitutes a willful failure to comply with the subpoena,” the committee noted in the report.

“Even if privileges were applicable to some aspects of Mr. Meadows’s testimony, he was required to appear before the Select Committee for his deposition, answer any questions concerning non-privileged information, and assert any such privilege on a question-by-question basis,” the report stated.

“After promising to appear, Mr. Meadows has now reversed course and resumed his contemptuous behavior. Mr. Meadows’s conduct in response to the Select Committee’s subpoena constitutes a violation of the contempt of Congress statutory provisions,” it added.

“The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution,” Thompson wrote.


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