Meadows defies Jan.6 committee, risking contempt charges

Trump’s former chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Meadows Jan. 6 Panel Demands Meadows Testify Friday or Risk Contempt White House Will Not Enforce Privilege Over Meadows Papers The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – The Republican Party Dealt A Hit In 2022, see the troubles of the Trump era MORE has not appeared for a deposition Friday with the House Committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, according to various reportsDespite the threat from the panel, I would seek to despise him for any challenge.

Meadows was not seen entering the Capitol and his attorneys had indicated that he would not appear. The committee did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

The measure prompts the committee to seek another full House vote to censure a witness for failing to appear before panel investigators, giving the Justice Department the decision to press criminal charges.

The committee’s threat comes as it has been engaging with Meadows since September about a deposition originally scheduled for October 15.

But when the White House on Thursday authorized the National Archives to turn over the Meadows documents to the committee, the panel said it had run out of patience and sent a letter demanding that he appear at 10 a.m. Friday.

Meadow’s attorney, George Terwilliger, emphasized that his client hates talking to the committee without a court resolving the matter.

“Our correspondence in recent weeks shows a sharp legal dispute with the committee. The questions concern whether Mr. Meadows can be compelled to testify and whether, even if he could, he could be compelled to answer questions that involve privileged communications. Courts adequately resolve legal disputes. It would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve that dispute by voluntarily giving up privileges that are at the center of those legal problems, ”Terwilliger said in a statement Friday morning.

“No matter how important the subject matter of the committee’s work, decades of litigation over Executive Privilege shows how critically important it is for a president to have access to advice and advice without fear that political opponents in Congress may later remove the shield of confidentiality that protects the frankness in those communications “.

Trump had previously ordered several of his former aides not to cooperate with the committee, arguing that he would seek to block their work by claiming executive privileges.

But the committee has argued that only incumbent presidents can make such claims, and President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Xi of China to hold virtual summit on Monday: Briahna Joy Gray reports: Biden ‘plays dumb’ with cancellation of student debt Defense and national security – Biden celebrates Veterans Day MORE It had already agreed to release most of Trump’s records, citing extraordinary circumstances.

Courts could take months to resolve the matter. The committee scored an initial victory earlier this week when a federal judge ruled that Trump could not attempt to block the release of his records, noting that “presidents are not kings and plaintiff is not president.”

But an appeals court granted a motion by Trump to block his scheduled release today as the matter progresses in court.

Meadow’s challenge brings to three the number of those named who have challenged the committee.

In October, the House voted to censor the former White House strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Jan. 6 Panel Demands Meadows Testify Friday Or Risk Contempt White House Will Not Enforce Privilege Over Meadows Papers Partial Closing: Will We Get Answers By Jan 6 before it is too late? PLUS in October after he failed to show up for his scheduled deposition. The Justice Department has yet to act on the referral.

Jeffrey Clark, a former mid-level Justice Department attorney at the center of Trump’s lobbying campaign at the Justice Department, only met briefly with committee investigators last week. Trump considered installing Clark as acting attorney general as he worked to pressure Justice Department leaders to involve the department in Trump’s election battles.

During the meeting, Clark and his attorney suggested that he, too, should be covered by executive privilege, despite any claims from Trump directly. Clark later did not return to the committee that afternoon.

“I have considered Mr. Clark’s claim of privilege and rejected it,” the committee chairman said. Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Jan. Panel 6 Demands Meadows Testify Friday or Risks Indictment of Contempt White House Will Not Enforce Privileges on Meadows Papers Jan 6 Panel Observing 5 People Near Pence: Report MORE (D-Miss) said last week.

“You have very little time to reconsider and fully cooperate. We need the information you are withholding and we are willing to take strong action to hold you accountable for complying with your obligation. “

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