January 6

Jan 6 committee votes to hold Mark Meadows in contempt

The House panel investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 voted this Monday to level contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the Associated Press reports.

“Whatever legacy he thought he left in the House, this is his legacy now,” Democratic committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said of Meadows. “His former colleagues singling him out for criminal prosecution because he wouldn’t answer questions about what he knows about a brutal attack on our democracy. That’s his legacy.”

From the AP:

The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. Lawmakers had planned to ask about Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in the weeks before the insurrection, including Meadows’ outreach to states and his communications with members of Congress.

Trump’s former top White House aide “is uniquely situated to provide key information, having straddled an official role in the White House and unofficial role related to Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign,” the panel said in a 51-page report released Sunday evening.

Read the full report at the Associated Press.

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