Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is in hot water with some of his former colleagues in Congress.
According to Fox News, the House of Representatives voted to hold the former Trump staffer in contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
The final vote was 222–208 and fell largely along party lines, though Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) broke ranks and voted with the Democratic majority in favor of the motion.
House votes to uphold committee decision
Members of the partisan panel have been attempting to convince Meadows to provide testimony about the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 6 riot.
For a time, it appeared the former Trump adviser would cooperate, though he has since reversed his stance.
In his judgment, some of the requests being made by the committee crossed the line. He is now pursuing legal action to nullify the subpoenas issued against him.
The committee responded with a 51-page document accusing Meadows of willfully failing to comply with a deposition. Members — including Kinzinger and Cheney — voted 9–0 to hold the former White House chief of staff in contempt.
“Mr. Meadows’s failure to appear for deposition testimony in the face of this clear advisement and warning by the Chairman, and after being given a second chance to cooperate with the Select Committee, constitutes a willful failure to comply with the subpoena,” the committee wrote.
“This is not about me”
A couple of days after that committee vote, the full House weighed in to advance the matter. It is now up to the Department of Justice to determine whether or not to prosecute the charge.
For his part, Meadows offered his first public statement on the latest developments in a statement on Monday.
“Let’s be clear about this, this is not about me, holding me in contempt,” he said during an interview with Newsmax. “This is not about holding me in contempt. This is more about Donald Trump and trying to come after him.”
Following the full House vote on Tuesday, Meadows provided another public statement, asserting:
What the enemy means for evil, He will make it good. I say that because tonight on the House floor, the Democrats are going to send a clear message that not only should I be referred for criminal contempt but that anybody who is a conservative and supported Donald Trump should be ashamed.