Rep. Schiff says criminal contempt charges for Mark Meadows could come this week

Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will be deciding this week whether to charge Mark Meadows with criminal contempt.

On Sunday, Schiff was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash. He said the committee will most likely decide this week whether or not to recommend criminal charges for former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in relation to the January 6 insurrection. Thus far, Meadows has been uncooperative with the committee, claiming he has “executive privilege”.

“I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others,” Schiff said. “I can’t go into what communications that we’re having or haven’t had with particular witnesses. But we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee, and that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon.”  

Similar to several other former officials of Trump’s, who have remained loyal to the former president, Meadows has defied a subpoena for testimony and documents.

Earlier this month, another member of the committee, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), said that because Meadows was still working for Trump at the time of the riot, he may have a right to executive privilege. However, the committee would still like to speak to him, not regarding his conversations with Trump, but in understanding Trump’s role in the incident.

Steve Bannon, another former official who has remained loyal to Trump, has been indicted by a federal grand jury of the Department of Justice for defying a subpoena after refusing to comply with the committee.




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