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[BREAKING] After Contentious Debates, House Votes to Send Meadows Contempt Resolution to DOJ

[BREAKING] After Contentious Debates, House Votes to Send Meadows Contempt Resolution to DOJ

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.

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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.



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.

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.”

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.

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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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