Appearing on CNN’s “State Of The Union” on Sunday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters could bring criminal contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as early as next week.
“I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others,” Schiff, who sits on the investigative panel, told host Danna Bash. “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.”
Meadows, like several other Trump allies, has refused to cooperate with the House investigation. Earlier this month, he failed to show up for a deposition with the House Jan 6 Panel, citing “executive privilege,” despite the fact that Trump is no longer president.
Now, the House is considering a vote for a criminal referral against Meadows for failing to appear before the panel’s investigators, which would lead to the Department of Justice determining whether to pursue criminal charges.
“I can’t talk specifically about a particular witness. But I can tell you, with a variety of witnesses, we have had engagement with them through their counsel, some who, like Bannon, flatly refused to cooperate,” Schiff said on CNN.
Bannon last week pleaded “not guilty” to contempt of Congress charges after being indicted by the Justice Department earlier this month.
Watch the interview below via CNN:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says 1/6 committee will “probably make a decision this week” regarding referring Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt charges after he defied a subpoena. pic.twitter.com/0M4uP8ynW5
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