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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is speaking out in response to the House Jan. 6 Select Committee’s vote to recommend criminal charges against him for contempt of Congress after he refused to cave to their demands.
“It’s disappointing, but not surprising,” Meadows told Sean Hannity on his Fox News show Monday. “Let’s be clear about this, this is not about me, holding me in contempt. It’s not even about making the Capitol safer. We’ve seen that by the selective leaks that are going on right now. This is about Donald Trump and about actually going after him once again.”
Seven Democrats and two Republicans who might as well be Democrats, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), are conducting what many contend is a sham investigation of the Jan. 6 riot that already has a predetermined outcome. They unanimously voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress. The Rules Committee will vote on it Tuesday, then a vote by the full House on the measure could follow right behind it.
“There’s a very high probability that they will refer me for criminal contempt to DOJ,” Meadows concluded. He then posited that the investigation is political in nature and “is not based on a legislative purpose.”
Jan. 6 committee, on Sunday, recommends Mark Meadows be held in contempt for defying subpoena https://t.co/POmiEMSwP6
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 13, 2021
In the beginning, Meadows cooperated with the requests of the committee. As their demands became increasingly invasive he halted his cooperation and is now suing them.
“I can say that when you look at the criminal component of the intent, there’s never been an intent on my part,” Meadows adamantly claimed. “I have tried to share non-privileged information but truly, the executive privilege that Donald Trump has claimed is not mine to waive, it’s not Congress’ to waive and that’s why we filed the lawsuit to hopefully get the courts to weigh in – hopefully they will weigh in.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote in a report that was released Sunday that Meadows was in contact with at least some of the individuals who planned and organized a Jan. 6 rally. One of the alleged organizers reportedly expressed safety concerns to Meadows about the protest, according to the report.
That same report contends that Meadows used his personal cellphone to discuss the rally before it occurred.
The January 6th Scam Committee is holding Chief Mark Meadows in contempt.
Wait until the American people hold the Democrats and their RINO allies in contempt on November 8th, 2022.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 14, 2021
“They want to talk about the part that fits their narrative,” Meadows remarked to Hannity, “and what we do know that in one of the things that is coming out more and more clearly each and every day is that as everyone condemned what happened in terms of the breach of security on the Capitol on January 6th.”
Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger issued a letter on Monday that ostensibly argued that charging Meadows with contempt would tread on the separation of powers, potentially making future presidential advisers reluctant to offer the president their full and honest advice on key decisions.
1. Pelosi is calling us back in session again when we aren’t scheduled to be there so Dems can continue their nasty political war on their most feared enemies.
The vote to hold @MarkMeadows in contempt of congress appalling.
Mark is a good man who never did anything wrong.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 14, 2021
The Jan. 6 committee is claiming that it is asserting its constitutional powers of oversight and investigation but to many conservatives, it appears to be a political witch hunt.
The committee set its sights on Meadows after they charged former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress. The panel is also referring former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress.
“Obviously there is a political narrative that really focuses on Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and, sadly, when we look at what is to be accomplished, I’m not sure that this committee is set up to do that,” Meadows noted.
“If we look at senior officials, chiefs of staff compelling them to come in and testify and what we are seeing now, there’s lots of jurisprudence and legal opinions and the law that would suggest that that’s not something that should be in the purview of Congress,” he concluded.
As the committee bares its fangs at Meadows they are also exposing texts sent between Donald Trump Jr. and the former chief of staff. Others texts from Fox News personalities are also being entered into evidence. Although leftists consider the texts explosive, they are pretty much a dud and show heightened emotions and concern on Jan. 6 rather than any ill-intent. They are also taken out of context as Democrats and their sycophants are wont to do.
Mary Trump rushes on TV to smear cousin Don Jr as ‘cowardly’ for texts to Mark Meadows https://t.co/CtvqfXjjn2
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 14, 2021
“Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol,” Sean Hannity reportedly texted Meadows on January 6th.
The committee also pointed to texts from Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade who texted Meadows that day asking the president to take action.
The New York Post is reporting that Cheney described the texts as “further evidence of President Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty” on Jan. 6 and asserted, “Meadows’ testimony will bear on another key question before this Committee: Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s official proceeding to count electoral votes?”
Conservatives aren’t buying any of this nonsense from the Democrats:
Just to get this straight, apparently every Fox News host plus Don Jr. was texting Mark Meadows to tell Trump to talk down the rioters…and this somehow demonstrates a coordinated conspiracy to overthrow the government springing from Fox News and its ilk?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 14, 2021
3. The Democrats hate the strongest Patriots and are abusing their power in a corrupt manner that will forever be a stain on this institution with the political theatre and witch hunt J6 committee.
Every Republican should be there in person to defend Mark Meadows.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 14, 2021
Democrats are “canceling” Executive Privilege.
This will have lasting implications for years to come.
But they don’t care.
They are obsessed with attacking a good man like Mark Meadows.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 13, 2021
Everyone condemned the violence that occurred on January 6, including President Trump.
The “smoking gun” texts to @MarkMeadows confirmed that.
The @January6thCmte members are total frauds and clowns.
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) December 14, 2021
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