Jan 6 Panel Threatens Mark Meadows with Contempt Charges

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After President Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows reversed course on his plan to cooperate with the House Select Committee the panel threatened to hit Meadows with criminal charges.

The Hill reports:

Meadows, through an attorney, is accusing the select committee of abusing its powers and undermining the executive privilege authority invoked by Trump and several members of his inner circle, a claim first reported by CNN.

Thompson and Cheney are vowing to charge ahead with Wednesday’s meeting “as planned.”

But “if indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution.”

“Even as we litigate privilege issues, the Select Committee has numerous questions for Mr. Meadows about records he has turned over to the Committee with no claim of privilege, which include real-time communications with many individuals as the events of January 6th unfolded,” Thompson and Cheney said in a statement.

If the select committee were to vote to recommend Meadows for criminal contempt, the measure would then head to the House floor for a vote.

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