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House Jan. 6 committee votes to hold Meadows in contempt, details texts from Trump allies who wanted him to call off rioters

“History will record that in a critical moment in our democracy, most people were on the side of finding the truth, of providing accountability, of strengthening our system for future generations. And history will also record, in this critical moment, that some people were not.”

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol voted Monday night to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena, while also releasing a series of texts from Fox News hosts and Donald Trump Jr. urging Meadows to implore then-President Trump to call off the violent mob ransacking the building, the Washington Post reports.

The seven Democrats and two Republicans tasked with investigating the insurrection all supported the resolution that could be taken up by the full House as soon as Tuesday.

Last week, Meadows backed away from cooperating with the committee just days after saying he would, arguing that the panel was pressuring him to discuss issues that former president Donald Trump said are protected by executive privilege. However, he had already produced thousands of documents for the panel, including text messages and emails related to the events of the day.

At a public meeting ahead of the vote Monday, members of the committee used information already provided by Meadows to make the case that he is a key figure in understanding Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, what role the White House played in planning the rally that preceded the attack and why Trump did not immediately come out and forcefully call on his supporters to stop their assault on the Capitol once it was underway.

“History will not look upon you as a victim. History will not dwell on your long list of privilege claims or your legal sleight of hand,” Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said of Meadows and others who are refusing to cooperate. “History will record that in a critical moment in our democracy, most people were on the side of finding the truth, of providing accountability, of strengthening our system for future generations. And history will also record, in this critical moment, that some people were not.”

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