The former White House chief of Staff refused to testify to the Special Committee of the House of Representatives investigating the events of January 6ю
Anti-riot group at the U.S. Capitol expressed disrespect for Trump’s aide
Lawmakers investigating the attack on the Capitol are preparing to vote for disrespecting Congress by the former White House chief of staff because of his refusal to testify.
Mark Meadows made it clear that he did not intend to comply with the subpoena to appear before a Special Congressional Committee investigating the events of January 6, and missed scheduled testimony for the second time last week.
Members of the committee are investigating Trump’s attempts to undo his defeat in the 2020 presidential election with the help of the campaign that led to the storming of the Capitol, and the help that Donald Trump received from Meadows.
The fourth and last White House chief of staff under Trump said he would refrain from testifying until the courts rule on Trump’s claim for executive privilege, which allows presidents to keep certain conversations confidential.
Many of the questions the committee members want to ask Meadows relate to the 6,600 pages of emails and about 2,000 text messages he provided before ending the collaboration.
The appeals court last week rejected Trump’s attempt to prevent the committee from gaining access to documents and testimony of former White House aides, agreeing with a lower court that the ex-president did not provide any grounds for confidentiality. Donald Trump was given two weeks to appeal the decision.
Meadows was reportedly with the then-president at the White House when rioters broke into the Capitol.
The Committee states that Meadows “is uniquely positioned to provide key information because he held an official position in the White House and an unofficial one related to Trump’s re-election campaign.”
On Sunday, the House Committee released a 51-page document describing some of Meadows’ communications, including a January 5 email in which he informed an unidentified person that the National Guard was on standby to “protect people who support Trump.”
If convicted, Meadows could face a six-month prison sentence for each contempt of Congress charge, but is more likely to be fined.