The House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol is increasingly targeting (and losing patience with) Mark MeadowsFormer Trump administration aide Mark Meadows says he was warned about playing Taylor Swift music at the White House Kinzinger says he hopes Bannon’s impeachment will send a ‘chilling message’ Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury MORE, Donald trumpDonald Trump Trump Criticizes McConnell, Says Senator Should Attend Biden Signing Ceremony Former Trump Administration Aide Says He Was Warned About Playing Taylor Swift Music In The White House Trump Faces Legal Challenges Maintaining Biden Documents january 6 committee MOREpowerful chief of staff who appeared to be deeply involved with the former president’s efforts to reverse the 2020 elections.
This week, the committee issued 16 new subpoenas over two days, surrounding Meadows in demanding comment from some of those who worked most closely in the White House.
He also presented him with an ultimatum after Meadows was said to be “compromising” with the committee on a deposition originally scheduled for Oct. 15: show up on Friday or risk being held in contempt.
“Sir. Meadows’ actions today, choosing to defy the law, will force the Select Committee to consider initiating contempt or other proceedings to enforce the subpoena,” the committee leader said after he failed to appear. to a deposition at 10 am.
The tension with Meadows is reaching a critical point as the committee appears determined to track his involvement in Trump’s election efforts at the Justice Department; in Georgia, where Trump pressured the secretary of state to “find” 11,780 more votes; and in planning rallies just before Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
Among those cited this week were Christopher LiddellChristopher Pell Liddell Jan. Panel 6 demands that Meadows testify Friday or risk indictment in contempt Citations show the Jan. 6 panel’s focus on Trump’s plans Jan. 6 committee citations Stephen Miller, Kayleigh McEnany MORE, a White House deputy chief of staff under Meadows; and Ben Williamson, a loyal Meadows ally who followed him from the House to the White House.
The letters sent to both assistants request information about “Mr. Meadows’ efforts to communicate with other people relevant to the select committee’s investigation, including Georgia officials, about the fraud allegations that had already been dismissed by the state and federal courts. ”
They also ask about his communications with “the organizers of the January 6 events … high-level Justice Department officials on federal investigations into alleged voter fraud and US government officials during the attack on the Capitol.”
They follow more than a dozen subpoenas sent to those who organized demonstrations on January 6, many of which ask about any coordination with Meadows.
Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina and chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC), could also be a link to several other legislators in the caucus who may also be instrumental in the committee’s investigation.
That includes lawmakers who have denied Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander’s claim that they helped devise the strategy of exerting “maximum pressure on Congress while voting.” Those legislators include representatives. Mo brooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks Cheney, Kinzinger Point Out They Would Support Gosar’s Censorship Citations Show The Jan. 6 Panel’s Focus On Trump’s Plans That The Republican Senate Campaign Manager Dodges When Asked If Parnell Is The Candidate suitable for the position MORE (R-Ala.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), And Paul gosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP deafening silence like post-January. 6 threats of violence escalate to Cheney, Kinzinger signal that would support censorship of Gosar Nicolle Wallace criticizes ‘toxic stew of grievances’ pushed in conservative media MORE (R-Ariz.).
The committee is also believed to be interested in the representatives’ phone records. Jim jordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday Shows Progress: Biden Administration Faces Peak Inflation Republicans Regain Campaign Appeal, and It’s Bush, Not Trump Good Republicans in Government May Be Democracy’s Last Hope MORE (R-Ohio) and Lauren boebertLauren BoebertJimmy Kimmel Responds To Lauren Boebert Calling It A ‘Sexist Pig’ Video Showing Violence Removed From Representative Gosar’s Account After The White House Backlash On Gosar Post: ‘There Is No Place For Any Violence’ In The Political System PLUS (R-Colo.), Who are also in the House Freedom Caucus.
The committee is also interested in what Meadows may have done to pressure Trump to fire his supporters after they forced his way into the building.
The subpoenas released this week reference ProPublica reports detailing a call from then-White House communications director Alyssa Farah asking Meadows to convince Trump to release a statement condemning the violence. Farah previously worked for Meadows in the House. Farah has also appeared as an occasional host on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”
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“I need you to come back here. We have to get this under control, ”Meadows allegedly told him.
Trump ordered Meadows and other aides in September to refuse to cooperate with the committee, citing arguments of executive privilege.
Since then, Meadow’s attorney has echoed those arguments of executive privilege, saying that “it would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve that dispute by voluntarily giving up the privileges that are at the heart of these legal problems.”
But it’s not clear that other attendees oppose the committee like Meadows has.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a special assistant, has been asked to testify about her work organizing a trip for Meadows to travel to Georgia to attend an election audit.
“On December 30, 2020, following Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ trip to Georgia to attend the election audit, it was reported that he communicated directly by email and phone with Georgia’s Under Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs. In his email he said: ‘I just spoke to Chief Meadows about his visit to Cobb County last week. When you have a moment, could you please call me? ”Says your citation.
Meadows was also on Trump’s Jan. 2 call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), when the then-president said, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” so I can move forward. President BidenJoe Biden Michael Flynn Says From US: ‘We Have To Have A Religion’ White House Tries To Change Messages On Economy Biden Expresses ‘Great Concern’ Over Belarus-Poland Border Crisis MORE in the state.
Meadows was also widely implicated in Trump’s lobbying campaign at the Justice Department in a Senate Judiciary Committee report detailing multiple contacts with senior officials there. The committee said it violated long-standing rules designed to limit interference with the department’s work.
On December 29, Meadows sent a letter in Italian detailing a conspiracy theory about how an Italian defense contractor had attempted to rig the elections.
On December 30, he sent an email from a lawyer advising the Trump campaign in Georgia who had allegedly found some 1,800 pieces of evidence of alleged voter fraud.
“Can you have your team investigate these allegations of wrongdoing? Only the alleged fraudulent activity. Thank you Mark, ”Meadows wrote to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
Upon. On January 1, he put pressure on Rosen again on Georgia.
“There have been reports of signature matching anomalies in Fulton County, Georgia. Can you get Jeff Clark to immediately get involved in this issue to determine if there is any truth to this allegation?” He wrote.
Trump later pondered the possibility of installing Clark as acting attorney general amid frustration that Justice Department officials were not acting on his claims. Department officials threatened to resign at a meeting Meadows organized.
In a statement Friday, the committee said that Meadows’ refusal to appear could result in them releasing their full subpoena to the public, a move that “will reveal the wide range of issues that the Select Committee wished to discuss with Mr. Meadows until his decision to hide behind former president’s false claims of privilege. “
Her statement also notes that Meadows has declined to respond to whether she used a private cell phone on January 6 and how they could locate her text messages.
The committee acted similarly in referring to the former White House strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Jan. 6 investigation threatens fragile peace between Trump and Pence Kinzinger says he hopes Bannon’s indictment will send a ‘chilling message’ Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury MORE for criminal prosecution, revealing his interest in whether he coordinated with extremist groups before January 6 and Rep. Scott perryScott Gordon Perry The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House approves Build Back Better, infrastructure votes today Trump Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark to testify before the January 6 panel Friday Cawthorn files a bill that prohibits the application of the federal vaccine mandate for companies MORE (R-Pa.), Another key figure in Trump’s efforts at the Justice Department, in the final days of his presidency.
The department sought criminal charges against Bannon on Friday, obtaining an indictment from a federal grand jury.
The move only increases the odds that Meadows can meet the same fate.
“The Steve Bannon indictment should send a clear message to anyone who believes they can ignore the Select Committee or try to obstruct our investigation: No one is above the law. We will not hesitate to use the tools at our disposal to obtain the information we need ”, President Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Jan. Jan. 6 investigation threatens fragile peace between Trump and Pence Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury Meadows defies Jan. 6 committee, risking contempt charges MORE (D-Miss.) And vice president Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Jan. Jan. 6 investigation threatens fragile peace between Trump and Pence Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury Meadows defies Jan. 6 committee, risking contempt charges MORE (R-Wyoming) said in a statement Friday.
Scott Wong contributed.