Committee staff prepared to proceed with the interview and waited in a room on Capitol Hill with the stenographer, but began to leave the room nine minutes after the deadline.
The panel did not comment on the absence of Meadows, and his attorney did not respond to a request for comment after the scheduled deposit.
“Issues are concerned about whether Mr. Meadows may be compelled to testify and, if he can, be compelled to answer questions involving privileged communications,” Dervilliger said. “Legal disputes are properly resolved by the courts. It is irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to settle that dispute in advance by voluntarily relinquishing concessions at the center of those legal issues.”
Derwilliger added, “No matter how important the substance of the committee’s work, cases over decades of administrative privilege show how important it is for political opponents in Congress to then fearlessly seek advice and counsel. Remove the shield of secrecy that protects honesty in those communications.”
By officially setting a deadline for Meadows not to meet, the panel officially took action to refer Meadows to the judiciary for insulting Congress.
Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat committee chairman, scheduled Friday evening’s vote in an effort to force Meadows’ consent.
“The selection committee will see Mr. Meadows’ failure to appear on the deposit and prepare a responsive document or privilege record indicating the specific basis for withholding any documents that you believe are intentionally protected by privilege,” Thompson wrote. Thursday before the scheduled deposit.
Thompson continued, “Such deliberate non-compliance with Sapona will force the select committee to consider insulting the practices of Congress … which may be recommended to the Department of Justice from the House of Representatives for criminal charges – as well as the possibility of taking civil action against Mr. Meadows in his personal capacity.”
Earlier on Thursday, White House Deputy Adviser Jonathan Sue wrote to Meadows’ lawyer, informing him of Biden’s decision, again citing “the unique and extraordinary circumstances under which Congress is investigating attempts to prevent the legal transfer of power under our Constitution.”
“Biden has already decided that events at the White House on January 6, 2021, including attempting to use the judiciary to present a false story, do not apply to administrative privileges within the scope of the panel. The 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud; Other attempts to prevent it. “
Meadows was sabotaged in September, after which the panel indicated he was “engaged” in negotiations over the modification of documents and the terms of his appearance in a confession.
But a few weeks after the group gave Meadows a “short” but indefinitely postponed initial sapona deadline, members are increasingly frustrated and wondering when and how to increase the pressure.
The group is set to follow the same path as it did with Trump ally Steve Bonan. After making it clear from the outset that he had no intention of collaborating with the group, Bonan now faces a possible lawsuit for violating his soap.
On Tuesday, the panel sought to find out more about his efforts to liaise with two former White House officials who worked closely with Meadows to others involved in the investigation – election officials in Georgia, organizers of the January 6 events, and high-level judicial officials.
The story was updated Friday with additional improvements.
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