The House Electoral Committee, which is investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Congress, on Monday voted in favor of a resolution recommending that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Medous be prosecuted for failing to comply with a congressional call.
“History does not consider any of you martyrs,” he said. “History doesn’t look at you as a victim,” elected committee chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) Said Monday. “History has shown that in the critical period of our democracy, many were committed to finding the truth, to ensuring accountability, and to strengthening our system for future generations,” he said. And history is not at this critical moment for some people. “
Committee Deputy Chairman Liz Cheney (R-Vyo.) Said lawmakers had been negotiating Meadouz’s appearance for weeks, only to refuse to testify on unfounded claims about executive privileges. attracted He pointed to several texts published by Meadows at the Capitol on Jan. 6 showing angry messages between him and lawmakers – messages he did not try to define as privileged communication:
Fox News presenter Brian Kilmead read: “Please take it [Trump] on TV. Destroy everything you have achieved. ”
Fox News reporter Sean Hanniti told Meadows: “Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol?
“He should immediately condemn this nonsense,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote to his father’s chief of staff.
“These non-privileged texts are further evidence that he missed his 187 minutes of duty,” Cheney said Monday. “Mark Meadows’ testimony is necessary to inform us of our legislative decision, but he refused to testify, even on non-privileged subjects.”
Meadows served as chief of staff to former President Donald Trump during the uprising, which made him a key target for nine members of the committee, and aimed to use the facts they identified to recommend policy changes.
His refusal to cooperate came this week between reports that Trump considers himself a “traitor” in Meadows ’new book, The Head of the Head, which describes the former president’s careless behavior during the battle with COVID-19.
The resolution will now be sent to the entire House for a vote, and if approved, will be sent to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which is currently prosecuting Trump for failing to comply with a subpoena. committee Former Trump aide Steve Bannon was indicted in mid-November and could face trial in July. A third partner, Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who was once considered Trump’s attorney general, could also be charged.
Meadows ’continued collaboration with the jury ended abruptly when his lawyer sent a letter to the committee on Tuesday.
At the heart of Meadows ’claim is the notion of executive privilege, the right of sitting presidents to keep certain records secret in order not to stop them from giving sincere advice to aides, but it has been confirmed by the court. In his lawsuit, Trump cites the executive privilege, which seeks to prevent the National Archives from publishing a large collection of presidential records, while Meadows, for its part, quotes Trump.
At the same time, the judges were very skeptical of Trump’s arguments.
In a letter to Meadouz on Tuesday, Thompson and Cheney said the committee had “no choice but to advance the hate trial and recommend to the body where Mr. Meadowz once worked to prosecute him.” (Meadows served as a congressman from North Carolina for some time before joining the Trump administration.)
Thompson and Cheney noted that Meadows had already prepared certain documents in the form of personal emails and text messages – rarely take a behind-the-scenes look at the committee’s investigation – and they at least paid Meadows for these documents. they said they should be questioned.
According to their letter, Meadows and an unnamed member of Congress sent a message to appoint alternative voter schedules in the states where the plan was discussed at the Trump White House as a way to annul the 2020 election results. The day before the Meadows Capitol attack, he sent an e-mail about a 38-slide presentation entitled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference, and Opportunities for January 6” and discussed whether the National Guard would be on standby.
One of the main questions facing the committee on Jan. 6 was why it took so long for the reserve law enforcement to arrive at the scene.
“There is no legal basis for Mr. Meadouz’s refusal to cooperate with the Selection Committee and to answer questions about the documents he produced, the personal devices and accounts he used, the events he wrote in his newly published book. other things, his other public statements, ”Thompson and Cheney wrote.
Meadows’ lawyer was involved in the Jan. 6 investigation, but the lawyer said he hid “several hundred additional documents” and “more than 1,000 text messages” protected by various privileges.
The committee invited Meadows to accept his deposit on a question-and-answer basis, and decided that he had various privileges when he left, but Meadows refused.