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Schiff says decision likely this week on whether to refer criminal contempt charges against Meadows

PoliticsNov 28, 2021 10:16AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during the opening hearing of the U.S. House (Select) Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Pool 2/3

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House Representative Adam Schiff said on Sunday that the committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot would likely decide this week whether to refer former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt charges for refusing to testify.

"I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others," Schiff said on CNN, referring to Meadows.

"I can't get into what communications that we're having or haven't had with particular witnesses but we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee," said Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Jan. 6 panel. "And that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon, and it will certainly be the case with Mr. Meadows and Mr. (former Justice Department official Jeffrey) Clark or any others."

Former U.S. President Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month, the first to be criminally charged for defying a subpoena issued by a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

Bannon is one of more than 30 people close to the former Republican president who have been ordered by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to testify about what happened in the run-up to Jan. 6, when thousands of people stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn Trump's election defeat.

House investigators hope the action against Bannon will motivate other witnesses, such as Meadows, to testify.

Bannon has refused, citing Trump's insistence - already rejected by one judge - that he has a right to keep the requested material confidential under a legal doctrine called executive privilege.

Schiff says decision likely this week on whether to refer criminal contempt charges against Meadows
 

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John McKeachnie
John McKeachnie Nov 28, 2021 7:20PM ET
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What a joke, can't wait till we see him testifying to all his liberal lies!! (One can only hope!!)
Jack Peterson
Jack Peterson Nov 28, 2021 6:00PM ET
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Schiff should be in jail for perjury for his lying about the fake Russian dossier, he is NFG..
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Nov 28, 2021 4:01PM ET
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LOL
Paul Ferla
Paul Ferla Nov 28, 2021 11:32AM ET
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Why is January 6 demonstration still referred to as an insurrection, attempt to overturn the election results, etc.?
Adrian White
Adrian White Nov 28, 2021 11:32AM ET
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If you have to ask this question then you clearly only saw choice edits, from right-wing news coverage. It maybe started out as a (misguided) demonstration, but it certainly ended up as something much more like insurrection.
Kaveh Sun
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Smart move: If he testify, they will charge him for ‘lie under oath’ which is a much more serious crime.
Patrick Johnston
Patrick Johnston Nov 28, 2021 10:28AM ET
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Why is Mr (insert adjective) Schiff even considered credible? He is simply a partisan hack.
William Hineser
William Hineser Nov 28, 2021 10:23AM ET
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Where are the charges against Schiff for lying to the American people?
Adrian White
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If it were a crime to lie "to the American people", just about every politician would be in jail. And Trump would be serving the longest sentence of them all.
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Schiff was the same guy that pushed fake Russian collusion story for years lying to the American people
 
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