July 4, 2022

The judiciary is refusing to prosecute the former Trump chief executive and vice president

Washington – Department of Justice Prosecutors will not file a criminal contempt case, officials said Friday Congress Charges against Mark Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff during the former presidency Donald TrumpThe last 10 months in office.

DOJ officials said the department had also refused to prosecute Don Squavino, who was vice president.

These decisions were a failure for the House Committee investigating the Capitol riots. After both Trump officials refused to respect the panel’s saponies, the panel found that they were insulting Congress and recommended that the cases be prosecuted by a U.S. attorney in Washington, DC.

But even if the prosecutors convict and convict them, they do not have to cooperate with the panel. It would have simply punished them for their refusal.

Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, announced the panel’s decision, a senior Justice Department official said. According to the official, decisions were made “based on personal facts and circumstances of their contempt.”

The panel called on Meadows’s to be unique in providing important information about the January 6 events, as well as the efforts made by public officials and private individuals to spread the false news of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. He was “with or near” Trump when news of the riots in the Capitol reached the White House.

The New York Times Earlier, the department announced its decision not to pursue charges against two Trump officials.

The judiciary did not elaborate on why prosecutors refused to charge Meadows. But unlike Steve Bonan, who was charged in November with contempt for refusing to cooperate with the committee, Meadows cooperated somewhat. He submitted documents stating that he was not protected by administrative privilege and offered to testify on matters not privileged.

Another factor is the long-standing view of the judiciary that prosecuting a former executive branch official who affirmed executive privilege in good faith is unconstitutional.

In finding Meadows insulted, the panel said he refused to testify about things that were not offered and that he discussed in his book and television interviews. It also said he had misrepresented administrative privilege in non-official government business matters such as campaign-related conversations about election results.

Representatives of the House Committee to Investigate the Capitol Riots questioned the decision of the Judiciary to act on the recommendations of Benny Thompson, D-Miss., And Liz Cheney, R.-Vio., Meadows and Scanwino.

“We are confused by the decision of Mark Meadows and Don Scovino to reward their continued attack on the rule of law,” they said in a statement on Friday.

“We hope the department will provide more clarity on this matter,” the lawmakers added. “As the selection committee argued in the district court, Mark Meadows’ claim that he deserves full immunity is neither correct nor justified on the basis of the Judicial Office of Legal Adviser Memoranda. No one is outside the law. ”

Earlier on Friday, former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro He was arrested at the airport on a charge of contempt of Congress – he promised to fight.

Navarro, 72, was Charged Following the dismissal of Sapona by the House Committee of Inquiry into Testimony and Documents on Thursday 6th, by the Federal Grand Arbitration Board on Thursday.

Joe Richards Contributed.