Recap: January 6 House Committee voted unanimously to recommend a criminal contempt of Congress charge against Mark Meadows

Monday evening, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress.

Three Fox News hosts and Donald Trump Jr. texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the Jan. 6 riot urging him to press then-President Donald Trump to call off his mob of supporters clashing with police at the Capitol, the congressional committee investigating the attack revealed in newly released text messages.

The panel’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., discussed the texts from Fox hosts Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity in detail at a committee meeting in which the panel advanced a measure referring Meadows to the Justice Department for a contempt of Congress charge over his refusal to testify.

“Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately” on Jan. 6, Cheney said.


The full House could approve that contempt referral as early as today, and then the Justice Department will decide whether to prosecute — if so, Meadows could face a year of jail and fines.

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