Mark Meadows has been held in contempt of Congress by the House. He is the second official who may be charged after refusing to cooperate with the panel on Jan. 6. There were only two Republicans voting to hold the ex-White House chief of staff in disrespect of Congress.
All that the Contempt is about:
In response to Meadows’ refusal to testify before a selected panel investigating the January 6 insurrection, the House voted on Tuesday to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress.
Two Republicans joined all Democrats to vote for contempt of House for Meadows’ defiance of the subpoena. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was the first to be held in contempt for his actions.
As an indication that Meadows needs to appear before the committee, panelists presented previously unreported messages Meadows received. “They need to end this call,” a Georgia official told Meadows during the now-infamous talk on Jan. 2.
Members of Congress also received some of Meadows’ texts – previously, only Meadows’ messages were made public by the panel. Unknown Republican members of Congress discussed overturning election results in a text message they sent to one another on Jan. 3, three days before the election results were certified.
In an unnamed discussion with a member of Congress, Meadows had someone that the panel believed likely to be Trump who “thinks the legislatures have the power but that the vp has power to.”
From Meadows’ point of view.
Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said in a statement earlier on Tuesday by reiterating their stance. He stated that the ex-top Trump aide “has maintained consistently that as a former Chief of Staff he cannot be compelled to appear for questioning and that he, as a witness is not licensed to waive Executive Privilege, claimed by the former president.”
It is reported that Meadows had “fully cooperated” with the committee, turning over nonprivileged documents and trying to deliver other quality info to the committee.
In an earlier hearing of the Rules Committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. ), vice-chair of the Jan. 6 panel, shared texts between GOP lawmakers and Meadows the day of the attack.
Justice Department now has the decision to make whether Meadows will be charged. However, some committee members hold the hopes and beliefs that Meadows would change and cooperate prior to any charging decision can be finalized.