Mark Meadows threatened with contempt charges from Jan 6. Committee

Former President Trump's chief of staff may face criminal contempt charges if he does not cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee.

Updated: December 7, 2021 - 6:57pm

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The House select committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack plans to launch criminal contempt charges against Mark Meadows if he does not cooperate with the investigation, according to a statement by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

President Donald Trump's chief of staff announced Tuesday that he would stop cooperating with the committee. Meadows cited concerns "that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege" in future depositions.

The committee leaders asserted they "need to hear from him about voluminous official records stored in his personal phone and email accounts."

In a letter obtained by CNN, Meadows' attorney George Terwilliger II said his client has already given the committee "thousands of pages."

Cheney and Thompson also wrote that they have "numerous questions" about the trove records obtained from the former North Carolina representative.

"Tomorrow's deposition, which was scheduled at Mr. Meadows's request, will go forward as planned. If indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution," the letter concluded.