Now that Steve Bannon has been formally charged with contempt of Congress, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection has been considering the same for Mark Meadows, who also refused to comply with the subpoena the committee sent to him along with others in Donald Trump’s inner circle.
The Committee has sent out nearly 20 new subpoenas in the last few weeks, signaling new hearings and potential legal consequences for all those involved. And while Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-SC) said that the panel “wouldn’t be rushing” to formally charge Trump’s former Chief of Staff, it seems they’re ready to make that decision this coming week.
House Select Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and spoke to the Committee’s intentions with host Dana Bash. While Rep. Schiff couldn’t give specific details, he did indicate that Meadows wasn’t going to just walk away from refusing to appear before a congressional committee. A decision to refer Meadows to the Justice Department for a criminal indictment could come this week, he said.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says committee investigating 1/6 intends "to hold public hearings." 👀 pic.twitter.com/tJqsxiyM5U
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“For everyone who is trying to obstruct, like the former president, like Mr. Bannon and others, there are dozens and dozens of people who are coming forward voluntarily,” Rep. Schiff told Bash. “We will follow the evidence if it leads back to members of Congress.”
"We will follow the evidence if it leads back to members of Congress," Schiff says, adding that for every Steve Bannon there are dozens of people cooperating with the 1/6 committee.
He also says there could be a decision this week on referring Mark Meadows to DOJ for contempt. pic.twitter.com/wEW9D2fbpF
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“I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and others. I can’t go into any communications we are having with the witnesses, but we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee, and that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon and the case with Mr. Meadows.”
Rep. Adam Schiff Says He Is ‘Concerned’ Garland Justice Dept. Letting Trump Off the Hook pic.twitter.com/ksGyJgz65R
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Watch the full conversation, below.