On Monday, the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack voted to recommend that Trump file a criminal case against former White House President Mark Meadows. That’s Donald Trump Senior aide for refusing to testify about the January 6 uprising.
The selection committee advanced Contempt of Congress statement Meadows unanimously sends the matter to a full House of Representatives referendum, which is expected to approve the quote as soon as Tuesday.
Benny Thompson, chair of the selection committee, recommended Meadows’ recommendation to the Justice Department in an initial statement before the panel, saying Trump’s former White House chief of staff had not deliberately complied with his sapona.
“It’s coming down,” Thompson said. “Mr. Meadows started by doing the right thing: cooperation. After some excuse he handed over the records that he was not trying to defend. But in an investigation like ours, it was a first step.
“When the records raise questions – as these certainly do – you have to come in and answer those questions. When it’s time for him to follow the law and come in and testify to those questions, he changes his mind and tells us to sand. He did not even come.
The select committee said in a defamation statement that they were seeking charges against Meadows following a series of attempts to block the trial, frustrating their efforts to find and locate documents related to the Capitol attack and refusing to testify.
The panel also said that Meadows should be prosecuted for refusing to testify even to information he had voluntarily provided to the panel through his own document preparation.
During the one-hour business meeting, the selection committee outlined in detail the items handed over to the Meadows panel – and how Meadows immediately refused to testify about those records.
Meadows handed over about 9,000 documents as part of a cooperation agreement, the selection committee said in its attempt to engage in an investigation to some extent to avoid immediate criminal recommendation to others. The Trump administration Assistants who transcend sapphires.
Among the items handed over to the Meadows Select Committee was a PowerPoint presentation on “Election Fraud, Foreign Intervention and Options for January 6”. Trump recommended declaring a national security emergency Must return to the office unilaterally.
Liz Cheney, the deputy chairwoman of the selection committee, read aloud the text messages she received during the January 6 riots, including a request from Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., “We need an Oval Office address.” Capital must stop the attack.
Meadows received more texts from an unnamed legislator who sent him a message the day after the Capitol attack, and the selection committee said: “Yesterday was a terrible day. We tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states. Sorry nothing worked.
But his cooperation with the selection committee ended in the preparation of the document, and Meadows announced to the panel last week that he was not going to answer questions because he learned that House investigators had submitted call details of his personal phone.
The select committee said Meadows refused to testify, disagreeing with his sapona. Released in September, And initiated proceedings to nominate him to hold the forum in contempt of Congress.
The action of the select committee has detrimental consequences for Trump’s senior aide: if it is approved by the council, the judiciary will have to take the matter before a larger arbitral tribunal.
A successful contempt lawsuit carries a federal sentence of up to a year, a $ 100,000 fine or both – although the false accusation does not lead to his cooperation, it could take many more years for the crime to continue.
The selection committee targeted Meadows from the outset of the investigation as it sought to determine the extent of his role in Trump’s plan to disrupt the 2020 election results and prevent Joe Biden’s election victory certificate from taking place on January 6.
Defender Previously reportedFor example, just hours before the Capitol attack, Trump called on activists from the White House to work at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, and demanded that Biden stop running for president.
But House investigators said in a 51-page insulting report that they would like to question him on various issues related to the January 6 uprising, including the email he sent that the National Guard “will be there to protect Trump.” People “.
The select committee said state legislatures would like to hear about text messages and emails about Trump sending slates to Congress – a congressman told him “very controversial”, to which Meadows responded: “I like it.”
House investigators said in a defamation statement that Trump would like to remove Meadows from his December 2020 speeches about appointing Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general and his speeches to the organizers of the January 6 rally.
The panel also said there were questions about why Meadows used personal cell phones, encrypted signal messaging and two personal Gmail accounts for official business – and whether their contents were transferred to the National Archives.
The panel’s lawyer added that it was unacceptable for Meadows to seek administrative special protection as a way to prevent him from testifying before the panel after he wrote about privileged conversations with Trump in his new book.
“Mr Meadows has shown his willingness to talk about issues related to the selection committee’s investigation in various media outlets – anywhere except the selection committee, it seems,” the panel said in a defamation statement.
During the contempt vote, the panel released screen shots of speeches he received on his personal cell phone from lawmakers on January 6, and, most importantly, part of his book describing his personal conversation with Trump as violating the Rebellion Capital.
The selection committee showed what Meadows wrote in his book: “When he came out on stage, he told me that President Trump spoke metaphorically to Capitol about the march. No one knows that we can not arrange a trip like this in such a short time.
The move to recommend Meadows’ criminal case, after first recognizing the contempt of Congress, marks the third instance of the select committee. Quote against Banan In October, then Against Clark Last month, for violating saponas.
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