Former White House chief files legal action against congressional committee investigating attack on Capitol Hill
FORMER DONALD TRUMP’s chief of staff has filed a lawsuit against the Congressional committee prosecuting him for criminal contempt for his refusal to testify in their investigation into the murderous assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Mark Meadows specifically names Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives who launched the investigation alongside the nine panel members preparing a report on the Jan.6 insurgency by thousands of Trump supporters.
The lawsuit, filed a day after the panel told Meadows it was taking action for its denial of a subpoena for a deposition yesterday, challenges the legality of the “unduly onerous” subpoena and asks the court Washington District to cancel it.
Meadows, who initially did not appear before the Congressional panel last month, is seen as a key witness to Trump’s role in efforts to overturn the election by overthrowing the democratic process.
He initially snubbed a subpoena to testify before the committee, but then came to an agreement to appear in person – before changing course again.
Reacting to its latest about-face, the panel wrote to Meadows on Tuesday night to say it had “no other choice” but to initiate criminal proceedings for contempt against him.
The letter, released by the committee yesterday, added to the public records information from a treasure trove of thousands of correspondence and other documents that Meadows had already voluntarily handed over.
They included a November 6, 2020 text exchange with a congressman in which Meadows allegedly said “I love him” in a discussion of a plan to deny millions of voters the right to vote in a bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Threat of prison
Democratic Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Republican Vice President Liz Cheney were not put in place by Meadow’s trial, saying the committee will meet next week to present a report recommending that the House cite Meadows for contempt. to Congress and refers him to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
If convicted, Meadows faces up to 12 months in prison, but more likely a fine.
“Sir. Meadows’ flawed trial will not succeed in slowing down the select committee’s investigation or preventing us from obtaining the information we seek,” Thompson and Cheney said in a joint statement.
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Steve Bannon, another senior Trump administration official and a longtime ally of the defeated former president, is to be tried for contempt in July after defying his own subpoena.
Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol earlier this year in an attempt to undo Biden’s election victory.
They had been encouraged by Trump, whose fiery speech earlier the day of the incident falsely claiming that election fraud was the culmination of months of baseless statements.
A comfortable majority of 57 senators – including seven from his own party – voted to condemn Trump after he was impeached by the House for inciting riot, although this did not reach the required two-thirds majority by the rules of the Senate to overthrow a president.