December 13, 2021

Congressman Schiff on Meadows Contempt Referral

“Last week, Mark Meadows abruptly informed the January 6 Select Committee that he would not cooperate further with our investigation, choosing instead to hide behind broad and unsound claims of immunity and privilege. Why Mr. Meadows has chosen to forgo his legal and moral obligation to comply with our investigation is difficult to fathom, especially in light of his public efforts to promote and sell a book in which he repeatedly discloses details about the facts and circumstances leading up to the January 6 insurrection.

“Mr. Meadows’ decision leaves no choice for us but to recommend that the House cite him for contempt of Congress and refer him for criminal prosecution. We will not allow witnesses to selectively withhold information from Congress, or to contemptuously refuse to appear when subpoenaed.

“Once passed by the House, the Department of Justice must take up the referral without delay and make it abundantly clear to Mr. Meadows, and any potential future intransigent witnesses, that they have a legal obligation to appear and will face potential jail time if they do not.”