The Lower House of the United States, with a Democratic majority, voted this Tuesday in favor of declaring in contempt Mark Meadows, who was Donald Trump’s chief of staff (2017-2021) at the time of the assault on the Capitol and who stopped cooperating with the legislative committee investigating the event.
The plenary session of the House, with a Democratic majority, it carried forward the resolution against Meadows with 222 votes in favor and 208 against.
Now, the accusations against Meadows go to the Department of Justice, which You must decide whether to summon a grand jury to formally charge you with criminal contempt.
The charge of contempt carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of $ 100,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Monday night The committee investigating the Capitol robbery held Meadows in contempt and revealed that Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., and personalities of the conservative chain Fox were scared by the attack on the legislative headquarters.
Specifically, both Don Jr. and three Fox presenters texted Meadows asking him to persuade Trump to take the attack seriously and asked his followers to leave the Capitol.
“We need a speech in the Oval Office. You have to lead now. This has gone too far and gotten out of hand, “said Don Jr., in a message to Meadows.
The text messages, read aloud during the hearing by Republican Liz Cheney, are part of a package of 9,000 documents that Meadows handed over to the committee before changing his mind and stopping to help.
Meadows decided to stop cooperating on the grounds that his work on the White House had to remain secret because Trump had invoked “executive privilege”, a doctrine that allows the president of the United States to prevent the dissemination of certain materials.
The far right Steve Bannon tried to use that same argument without success and was charged with contempt by the House of Representatives so that, on November 12, a federal grand jury indicted him on two counts of contempt.
The committee investigating the assault on the Capitol was created by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – who are at odds with Trump.
Your mission is to investigate why the assault occurred, who was responsible and what can be done to prevent another similar event.
On January 6, about 10,000 people – most of them Trump sympathizers – marched to the Capitol and about 800 stormed into the building to prevent the victory of the now US president, Joe Biden, from being ratified against the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections.
Five people died and about 140 officers were attacked.
(With information from EFE)
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