The House voted to send a resolution to hold former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in Contempt of Congress for his refusal to continue his cooperation with the Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection.
The committee investigating the pro-Trump riot voted unanimously to advance the measure Monday night, saying Meadows should face a criminal charge for defying the panel’s subpoena to testify. The House Rules Committee met Tuesday morning to consider the resolution, the last step before a floor vote, which was then scheduled for 6 pm EST.A contentious debate from both sides raged for hours before the vote, ranging from an off-the-rails rant from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) that was quickly shut down by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who sits on the Committee and was also an Impeachment Manager, to Republicans objecting to comments from House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer they demanded be stricken from the record.
Greene: *calls Democrats communists*
Raskin: We are not communists as the gentle lady from Georgia suggested, that’s just the friends of the former President who you lionize like the dictator of North Korea and Vladimir Putin..so those are your friends, don’t put them on our side pic.twitter.com/GUftYEkV3b
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 14, 2021
Rep. Miller: The January 6th commission hates President Trump because he exposed the corruption of the DC establishment here in the swamp. pic.twitter.com/OmjSxSEllM
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 14, 2021
In his response to the demand to remove his words from the records, Rep. Hoyer reminded the body that the vote should focus on the Contempt of Congress, rather than retrying Meadows for his alleged actions on and around January 6th, and that every member should be voting yes. Hoyer also chided the GOP for their “hysteria” over Hillary Clinton’s emails and Benghazi.
Steny Hoyer contrasts the Republican indifference to the MAGA coup attempt to their hysteria over Benghazi and Hillary's emails pic.twitter.com/DSG4DjbeXG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2021
Meadows twice refused to attend scheduled depositions. The second was last Wednesday, a day after his book recounting his time as Donald Trump’s chief of staff was released. In it, he recounts conversations with Trump, negating any new claims of executive privilege. Meadows also downplayed the violence from the crowd, which disrupted the counting of the electoral vote and led to over 700 arrests, as the work of “a handful of fanatics.”
.@IngrahamAngle to Mark Meadows on January 6th: “This is hurting all of us.”
Liar. Coward. Hypocrite. Fraud.
I hope you’re proud @FoxNews. Hope you’re proud.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 14, 2021
Text messages released by the Select Committee show that Trump’s inner circle became increasingly worried as the mob breached the Capitol and threatened the safety of members of Congress.
"These texts leave no doubt: the White House knew exactly what was happening at the Capitol. Members of Congress, the press, and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway."
-Vice Chair @RepLizCheney pic.twitter.com/HMoQhQ8nSK
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 14, 2021
The House’s referral will now be sent to the Department of Justice, where Attorney General Merrick Garland will decide how to proceed. Legal experts say Meadows may face swifter justice than Steve Bannon, who will stand trial in July for his own contempt charges.
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— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) December 14, 2021