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“Mr. Meadows has refused to give any testimony at all, even regarding non-privileged topics. That puts him in contempt of Congress.”

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during the debate in the House of Representatives whether to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress.

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dec 15, 2021

  • Congresswoman Cheney is one of the two Republicans who voted for contempt; she has participated in the committee tasked with investigating the events of January 6.
  • Meadows says he willingly shared with the investigative committee the information (thousands of emails and text messages) that they are now using against him, but argues he cannot testify/participate further in the investigation due to executive privilege.
  • Why This Vote Matters: It refers the contempt vote to the Justice Department. The Justice Dept. can decide whether to press charges.
  • Previously the House voted to hold former Pres. Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt; the Justice Department charged Bannon and he faces trial.
  • A federal criminal contempt conviction could lead to a year in jail plus fines.

A snippet from the House during debate over the contempt vote:

"Mark Meadows is our former colleague, he is a good man and he is my friend. This is as wrong as it gets. You all know it. But your lust for power, your lust to get your opponents is so intense, you don't care." - Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

"There was a steady stream of communication between certain members of Congress and Mr. Meadows about matters central to our investigation. We have questions about those communications. We will pursue those questions and we won't let the facts be buried by a coverup." Chair of the select committee investigating the Capitol riot of January 6th - Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

The House votes to hold Mark Meadows in contempt, sending a criminal referral to DOJ

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