The House of Representatives late Tuesday evening voted 222-208 to refer Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges.
Representatives passed the contempt measure 222-208 with RINOs Cheney and Kinzinger voting with the Democrats.
“The select committee’s report referring Mr. Meadows for criminal contempt charges is clear and compelling,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said on Tuesday. “As White House chief of staff, Mr. Meadows played a role in or was witness to key events leading up to and including the January 6th assault on the United States Capitol.”
Mark Meadows previously informed the committee he would no longer appear before the sham committee for a deposition because they weren’t respecting boundaries concerning executive privilege.
“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters. Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable,” the letter from George J. Terwilliger II stated.
Liz Cheney read Mark Meadows’ private text messages with Fox News hosts out loud as the panel voted to recommend contempt charges to the House.
The text messages showed that there was absolutely no ‘insurgency’ on the part of the Trump team.
Cheney then went on to hint that President Trump will face federal charges.
Rep. Jim Jordan defended his friend and former colleague Mark Meadows in a rebuke from the House floor.
Rep. Jim Jordan: "Mark Meadows is our former colleague. He is a good man, and he is my friend. This is as wrong as it gets, and I think deep down, everyone knows it. […] Your lust for power, your lust to get your opponent is so intense you don't care." pic.twitter.com/Ua3K5nPxZn
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