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[BREAKING] January 6th House Select Committee Unanimously Votes to Hold Meadows in Contempt of Congress

[BREAKING] January 6th House Select Committee Unanimously Votes to Hold Meadows in Contempt of Congress

We are updating our story below regarding the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the Capitol; they officially voted to submit Contempt of Congress charges against former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows late Monday afternoon.

Before the televised unanimous vote, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read previously unreleased texts between Meadows and many of Trump’s closest allies including Donald Trump, Jr. and Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Brian Kilmeade and Laura Ingraham.

The Committee’s referral will now be sent to the Department of Justice.

[This is a developing story, please check back for updates]

 

 

Our original article from this morning remains intact, below.

 

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be present to ‘protect pro-Trump people’ in the hours leading up to the U.S. Capitol insurrection, according to a new report released by the January 6th House Select Committee on Sunday night.

Meadows had initially cooperated with the Committee but suddenly stopped working with them after handing over the now-infamous 38-page PowerPoint presentation outlining just how planned the insurrection at the Capitol had been.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 10: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (L) disembarks from Air Force One with U.S. President Donald Trump at Miami International Airport on July 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Trump visited the U.S. Southern Command, met with Venezuelan exiles at a roundtable event, and attended a campaign fundraiser. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

It was just one of several new incriminating details in the report about Meadows’ actions before and during January 6th, as well as his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election. The report is a key component for the Committee to send a referral for charges of criminal contempt of Congress to the Justice Department, just as they have for Steve Bannon, who remains free on bond until his trial in July 2022.

In response to the panel’s push for criminal contempt proceedings, Meadows filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and select committee members, asking a federal court to block enforcement of the subpoena the committee issued him as well as the subpoena it issued to Verizon for his phone records. Meadows alleges that the subpoenas are “overly broad and unduly burdensome,” while claiming that the committee “lacks lawful authority to seek and to obtain” the information requested.

The panel was set to meet on  Monday to formally advance the report to the full floor House vote as soon as later this week. The vote by the full House is the last step before sending the referral to the DOJ.

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