Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will be the third Trump ally to be subject to a contempt of Congress charge from the Jan. 6 select panel if he refuses to show for a deposition Wednesday.
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Meadows told them he does not plan to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry. In turn, they warned that if he doesn’t sit for the scheduled deposition, they will have no choice but to recommend the House hold him in contempt for noncompliance with a congressional subpoena.
“Tomorrow’s deposition, which was scheduled at Mr. Meadows’s request, will go forward as planned,” Cheney and Thompson said in a statement Tuesday. “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.” Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, served in the House from 2013 until his resignation to take the White House job on March 30, 2020.