On January 6, the House held a hearing about Trump aide Mark Meadows' records. Before the House votes on whether to hold him in contempt, the hearing shed some light on Meadows' past work for Trump.
A vote is set for Monday on whether or not to recommend that the House hold Mark Meadows, who was President Trump's White House chief of staff, in contempt of Congress.
There will be a vote at 7 p.m. ET that will make Meadows the third person who works for President Trump to face possible criminal charges because of the investigation into the deadly attack. Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and forced Congress to flee for their own safety.
During his time in office, Trump kept spreading false claims about a "rigged" 2020 election, which led many of his supporters to violently break into the building. Since leaving office, Trump has continued to spread these false claims about the 2020 election, which led many of his supporters to violently break into the building.
Voting is set to take place on a report that is 51 pages long and says that Meadows should be held in contempt of Congress because he didn't give up a lot of records and took the stand. The House could then vote to send a contempt of Congress resolution to the Department of Justice for possible criminal charges.
In a report that came out before the panel's vote, it shows how many documents Meadows gave to investigators before he changed his mind and filed a lawsuit to overturn two of them.
According to the report, the documents show Meadows talking about the attack on Jan. 6 and how Trump and his allies are trying to change President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. They aren't shown in full.
It's a legal doctrine that allows some communications between the White House and the public to be kept private. Trump says that many of the materials sought by the House investigators should be kept private because of this law called executive privilege.
The former president has also said that claims of privilege were the reason he told several former aides, including Meadows, not to cooperate with the committee's subpoenas.
As a result of this, Trump filed a civil lawsuit to keep the committee from getting the White House records from National Archives. Biden, on the other hand, waived executive privilege over many of the White House records.
Donald Trump says that when it comes to executive privilege, his claims should overrule the decisions of the current president. Both a federal district court judge and a panel of three appeals court judges have ruled against him. To overturn the appellate court's decision, Trump is likely to ask the Supreme Court to do so,
In a letter on Monday, a lawyer for Meadows argued that a contempt of court referral in this case would be "contrary to law, manifestly unfair, unwise, and unfair." It says that invoking privilege for Meadows was done in good faith, and that referring Meadows for contempt would "do a lot of damage" to the Presidency, among other things.
The House had already voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for not complying with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel. In the next step, a federal grand jury charged Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress, then.
Bannon has said that he is not guilty. It could be up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if he's found guilty. During a hearing in federal court, a judge set a tentative start date of July 18.
There was a vote last week to move forward with contempt proceedings against Jeffrey Clark, an ex-Justice Department official. Investigators also gave him more time to cooperate with the investigation.
Meadows' lawsuit asks the court to throw out subpoenas that the panel had sent to him and Verizon, Meadows' former cell phone provider, because they were "too broad and too burdensome."
A big part of his argument comes from Trump telling him not to comply with the subpoena, claiming that it was his right to do so. Meadows "has been forced to choose between two conflicting claims of privilege," the lawsuit says.
It was filed a day before Trump lost his appeal to stop the committee from getting the disputed White House records that he didn't want.
Meadows' argument has been rejected by the group. In the contempt report, it says: "To be clear, Mr. Meadows's failure to comply, and this recommendation for contempt, are not based on good-faith disagreements over privilege claims."
Instead, Meadows hasn't done what he was supposed to do and should be found in contempt because he hasn't shown up to give any testimony and hasn't answered questions about even clearly non-privileged information, which Meadows himself has identified as non-privileged in his own documents.
The report says that Trump himself hasn't told them about any privilege claims he might have made about Meadows' involvement in their probe. Note that Biden, the president in office at this time, hasn't used privilege to stop Meadows from doing what he's supposed to do.
There had been a deal made after a long time of talks. Meadows agreed to share some records and give a deposition to the January 6 probe. As a committee member, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said, he has given about 9,000 pages of records with no claims of privilege attached.
In fact, Meadows told the committee the day before his deposition that he wouldn't even show up to answer questions about the documents that he thinks are relevant and not private that he had just given them, a report says.
Meadows' book, which documents many of his experiences in Trump's White House, came out on the same day as this change of heart.
You can read this book to learn about how the coronavirus was found in Trump's body three days before his debate with Joe Biden in September of last year. The White House didn't tell anyone about that positive test at the time. Instead, they only told people about a later test that came back negative before the debate.
Before or during the debate, Trump has said that he didn't have Covid. The virus took him to the hospital for a few days.