January 6 committee threatens to charge Mark Meadows with contempt of Congress

January 6 committee threatens to charge Mark Meadows with contempt of Congress
January 6 committee threatens to charge Mark Meadows with contempt of Congress

The House committee investigating Jan. 6 announced Tuesday it will hold former President Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of congress if he does not show up for his scheduled deposition on Wednesday.

Hours earlier, Meadows had announced he would cease compliance with the committee after he and the committee could not come to agreement on the terms of his testimony, according to his attorney.  

Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mo., and Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., chided the former Trump official for ending cooperation with them as they say he reveals details about the day in his new book, 'The Chief's Chief.' 

'Mark Meadows has informed the Select Committee that he does not intend to cooperate further with our investigation despite his willingness to provide details about the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6th attack, including conversations with President Trump, in the book he is now promoting and selling,' they wrote in a statement. 

Meadows' attorney his client would no longer appear for a deposition in a letter to the committee released Tuesday. However, the letter noted that Meadows would still be willing to submit written answers to questions. 

'We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,' Meadows' attorney George Terwilliger told Fox, which first reported the news.    

Jan. 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

Jan. 6 Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mo.

Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mo., and Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., chided the former Trump official for ending cooperation with them as they say he reveals details about the day in his new book, 'The Chief's Chief.#'

Just one week ago the committee said that Meadows had provided them records and agreed to give a deposition 'soon.' Prior to that, Meadows, along with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, had refused to cooperate raising the prospect of criminal contempt proceedings.

Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress following a referral from the House after he failed to appear for proceedings. Asked what his client would do if he is subject to the same treatment, Terwilliger said he and Meadows will 'cross that bridge when he come to it.' 

He emphasized that the former senior Trump official 'has made every effort to try and accommodate and work with this committee' while still maintaining the position on privilege 'he must maintain.'  

Terwilliger said the committee had not tried to meet him half way.  He said the committee was forging ahead with plans to look into privileged subject matters, pointing to how it had already issued one subpoena for Meadows' phone records, even though he planned to turn them over voluntarily after screening them for privileged material.

The Jan. 6 Committee said Meadows still needed to appear to testify over non-privileged communications.  

'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

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