Jan. 6 Committee Votes to Hold Meadows in Contempt

John Durham Investigation Is About to Take Another Turn

(UnitedReader.com) – The events that took place on January 6, 2021, are still under the investigation of the House’s January 6 Committee (J6C). The committee has taken steps to summon former Trump personnel to provide documentation concerning the incident. However, former President Trump is claiming executive privilege, leading to his team to withhold certain information. One recent target of the investigation is former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Contempt of Congress

Recently, the House committee decided to hold former Trump White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in contempt of Congress, and the court set his trial for July 18, 2022. The committee’s indictment came after Bannon refused their subpoena. Similarly, the J6C is attempting to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress after he refused to release information to them. On the night of December 13, the committee voted 9-0 in favor of recommending the House hold Meadows in contempt.

Disappointing, But Not Surprising, Meadows Says

Meadows noted that he expected such actions from the committee, calling them disappointing and asserting it wasn’t a surprise. After the panel’s indictment of Bannon, Meadows likely knew it was only a matter of time before they focused on him as well, especially since he refused to give them what they requested. The former White House Chief of Staff explained that he and his team have attempted to be transparent and accommodating in sharing non-privileged information.

He accused the J6C of disregarding his attempts, alleging that they are engaged in an effort to weaponize information by strategically leaking it. Meadows said that the committee did so to put out a narrative. The former Chief of Staff believes the committee is striving to spin the story and make it seem as though then-President Trump didn’t take action, arguing that Trump, in fact, did. Meadows alleged that the committee’s decision had nothing to do with holding him in contempt, and had everything to do with going after Trump.

The former White House Chief of Staff asserted that he is merely protecting former President Trump’s right to executive privilege. He noted in an exclusive interview during “Rob Schmitt Tonight” on Newsmax that the committee wants him to waive executive privilege and that he refused because it’s not his to throw out. Meadows said he and his team would protect the former president’s right to executive privilege for as long as they could, noting that if the court forbids it, then there’s nothing they can do.

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