Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows did not show up Friday to give a deposition to the House committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, despite being legally obligated to do so, meaning Meadows could become the latest Trump Administration official facing contempt of Congress charges.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) warned Meadows' attorney in a letter that ignoring the committee's requests for documents and a deposition could result in the committee invoking contempt of Congress procedures.
Meadows is among the most prominent of dozens of former Trump officials that have been issued subpoenas legally requiring them to provide information to the committee regarding the January 6 rioting.
“Mr. Meadows has not produced even a single document in response to the Select Committee’s subpoena,” Thompson said in the letter, sent on Thursday. “Simply put, there is no valid legal basis for Mr. Meadows’ continued resistance to the Select Committee’s subpoena.”
What To Watch For
If Meadows is to be held in contempt, the January 6 select committee must first vote for the charges, which will be followed by a vote of the full House. If the House votes in favor of charges, the Justice Department, which has final say in whether charges are issued, will then be alerted of the House’s recommendation. In Bannon’s case, the House has voted for charges, but the Justice Department has not made any indictments.
Many of the most visible figures in the Trump Administration, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and senior advisor Stephen Miller, were issued subpoenas by the committee earlier this week, as Thompson said it works to find “every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6.” More than 150 witnesses have testified before committee investigators, according to the New York Times. At least 5 of those have been former Trump White House staffers who have decided to speak voluntarily, according to CNN. Trump has called the committee members “politically ambitious hacks” and said his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol was simply a “PROTEST.”