United States House of Representatives Donald Trump’s chief executive Mark Meadows has approved a move to recommend criminal contempt charges, a week after he ended his collaboration with the chamber’s panel investigating the Capitol uprising.
This approval marks the first time the council has voted to insult a former member since the 1830s, according to council records.
This is the latest show of force by the January 6 group investigating the worst attack on the Capitol in more than 200 years. Legislators are determined to get quick answers, and in doing so reaffirm the power of Congress that was eroded when Trump was in office.
«History will be written about these times, about the work that this committee has done,» said committee chairman Benny Thompson.
Meadows, a former North Carolina Congressman, left in March 2020 to join the Trump administration. Before he left Congress, Meadows «continued to insist that the people and top government officials respect Congress’ authority, and that the intelligence powers are implicit and intertwined with our powers to legislate this,» Jamie Ruskin said. Team.
Ruskin began the debate on Tuesday Reading from newly published, frantic texts Since the day of the attack, members of Congress, Fox News editors and even Trump’s son have urged the outgoing president to urge Meadows to act quickly to prevent a three-hour attack by his supporters.
The referendum took place on Tuesday A recommendation Meadows are charged by the board. The matter now goes to the judiciary, which will decide whether to prosecute.
On Tuesday, Republicans said the move against Meadows was a distraction from House work, with one member calling it «evil» and «American.» Trump backed Meadows in an interview, calling him a «decent man.»
Group leaders have vowed to punish anyone who disobeys their trial, and the judiciary has already charged Trump with two contempt charges after his longtime ally, Steve Bannon, violated his sap. If convicted, Bannon and Meadows could face up to a year in prison on each charge.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, Meadows’ lawyer, George Derville, said the former chief executive had not stopped cooperating but could not force him to appear for an interview. The lawyer said Meadows «fully cooperated» with the documents in his possession and which were not privileged.
Meadows himself sued the panel, asking the court to invalidate the two sapphires he claims were «too wide and unnecessarily burdensome.»
Team members said Text messages Sent to Meadows on the day of the uprising, it raised new questions about what was going on in the White House and what Trump was doing as the attack continued. The panel planned to investigate Meadows’ communications, including 6,600 page posts and about 2,000 text messages taken from personal email accounts. The team did not release any information in full.
Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, the group’s vice president, said one of the key issues raised by the group’s speeches Monday evening was whether Trump sought to block congressional certification by refusing to send a strong message to the rioters. .
“These speeches are no doubt,” Cheney said. «The White House knew exactly what was going on in the Capitol.»
The investigative team has already interviewed more than 300 witnesses and interrogated more than 40 individuals as it seeks to create a more comprehensive record leading to the siege of insurgency and violence.