The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot voted unanimously on Dec. 13 to recommend the full chamber to hold Mark Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress.
“Mark Meadows’ decision to stonewall the January 6th Committee has forced us to proceed with a contempt referral,” Representative Adam Schiff said.
The full House could hold Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff, in contempt as early as Dec. 14.
If the Justice Department decides to prosecute Meadows, he could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for refusing to appear for a deposition on Dec. 8, claiming executive privilege.
Meadows had initially cooperated with the committee and turned over documents, including thousands of emails and text messages.
Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney read the text messages during the Dec. 13 hearing, saying that they “leave no doubt” that some Trump officials and Fox News hosts knew about the Capitol attack as it was underway.
In a 51-page report on Dec. 12, the Committee alleged that Meadows had no justification to claim executive privilege.
“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 report read.
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