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Meadows a no show on House Democrat-led deposition deadline for Jan 6

If full House votes to find Meadows in contempt, matter goes to Justice Department for possible criminal charges.

Published: November 12, 2021 1:23pm

Updated: November 12, 2021 3:03pm

Former Trump administration Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday failed to meet the deadline imposed by the Democrat-controlled Jan. 6 House committee to give a deposition on the matter — risking him being held by the chamber in contempt and possible federal criminal charges.

The specially appointed, or "select," committee is seeking information related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Meadows did not show up Friday on Capitol Hill by the 10 a.m. deadline, according to multiple news reports. 

If the full House votes to find Meadows, a former North Carolina congressman, in contempt for failing to comply with the subpoena, the matter goes to the Justice Department. 

Meadows' attorneys indicated earlier this week their client would not appear, according to The Hill newspaper

Meadows' attorney George Terwilliger said Friday that his client does not want to speak to the committee without a court settling the matter — which includes whether the National Archives can release related materials, including phone logs, to the panel.

"Our correspondence over the last few weeks shows a sharp legal dispute with the committee," Terwillinger said. "The issues concern whether Mr. Meadows can be compelled to testify and whether, even if he could, that he could be forced to answer questions that involve privileged communications. Legal disputes are appropriately resolved by courts."

Former President Trump had previously directed several of his former aides not to cooperate with the committee. He claims executive privilege while the committee argues only sitting presidents are able to make such claims, The Hill also reports.

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