Recommended to prosecute him .. A parliamentary committee accuses a former Trump adviser of contempt of Congress
The US House of Representatives committee tasked with investigating the attack on Congress has voted unanimously on a report accusing former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of contempt of Congress for not appearing before the committee and not handing it all of the documents required of him.
All members of the House of Representatives are likely to vote in the coming days on the report, to decide whether to forward the report to the Justice Department, which must then decide whether to indict Meadows.
Just before 20:00 local time (0100 GMT Tuesday) the House committee voted unanimously to prosecute the former White House chief of staff.
Meadows, the Trump White House chief of staff, had announced that he did not intend to comply with a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee that includes representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties to consider the events of last January 6, and he missed the sessions for the second time last week.
And a statement to the committee stated that “Meadows’ failure to appear to give his testimony after the clear recommendation and warning issued by its chairman, and after he was given a second opportunity to cooperate with the committee, constitutes a voluntary failure to comply with the subpoena.”
The committee is looking at Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election he lost, through the campaign that led to the storming of the Capitol, and the help he received in doing so from Meadows.
Meadows is Trump’s fourth and final chief of staff, and he had told the committee that he would refrain from giving his testimony pending a decision on whether or not to declassify Trump’s conversations with his aides.
Investigators consider that Meadows has undermined his right to refuse to testify, knowing that the former congressman is promoting memos published last week that include facts recorded on January 6 and his conversations with Trump.
An appeals court had rejected Trump’s request to keep his communication with his aides confidential, and its decision was in line with a first instance court decision that considered that the former president had not presented any evidence that required maintaining the confidentiality of this communication. He has two weeks to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
When the riots occurred, Meadows was Trump’s top aide, and reports indicate that he was with the president in the White House when the Capitol was stormed.
In his role, the committee says, Meadows can provide “key information” since he has had a formal role as White House chief of staff and an informal role as Trump’s campaign manager.
Refusal and accusations
Before declaring his refusal to cooperate, Meadows had handed the committee 6,600-page records taken from personal email accounts and about 2,000 text messages.
It is noteworthy that Meadows has accused the committee of abusing its power, and last week filed a lawsuit against 9 of its members and against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and asked a federal court to block the implementation of subpoenas directed against him and Verizon to obtain his phone records.
Thousands of Trump supporters, many of whom belong to hard-line nationalist groups and believe in white supremacy, stormed the Capitol 11 months ago in an attempt to prevent the endorsement of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Before that, Trump incited them with a fiery speech, in which he claimed the election was rigged and called on his supporters to march on the Capitol and “fight fiercely,” months after he made unsubstantiated claims that he had won an election he lost to Joe Biden.