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Rep. Adam Schiff: Jan. 6 committee decision on criminal contempt charges against Mark Meadows could be released this week

“I think we’ll probably make a decision this week on how we should deal with this particular witness and possibly others,” Schiff told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union. “I can’t go into … what communications we have or haven’t had with any particular witnesses, but we move forward eagerly with anyone who is obstructing the committee, and that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon. It will be. the case with Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Clark or whatever.

The committee’s looming decision comes amid attempts to convince Meadows – the former White House chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, who defied his subpoena and failed to show up for a deposition – to comply with the panel’s request as it seeks more information on events at the United States Capitol on January 6.
The committee has already referred charges of criminal contempt against Donald Trump’s former ally Steve Bannon and last week issued new subpoenas to five allies of the former president, including Roger Stone and the theorist of the Alex Jones plot. Earlier this month, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark blocked the House select committee, responding to a subpoena requiring him to appear for a panel interview, but not not responding to questions put to him, sources close to his appearance told CNN.

Schiff also told Bash that one of the main issues the committee considered was Trump’s involvement.

“And I can’t go into the evidence we’ve gathered, but I’ll say this, I think one of the most important issues we’re investigating is the full role of the former president,” the Democrat said. .

Meadows, who was still serving in the White House when the riots at the U.S. Capitol took place, has potentially plausible arguments for executive privilege. CNN previously reported that two members of the committee had indicated that there were several investigative leads that would not be covered by executive privilege regarding Meadows.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democrat who is also a member of the committee, told CNN earlier this month that Meadows may have a “minor claim” to executive privilege over some conversations, but stressed the committee had questions for ask him that “had nothing to do with the conversations he had directly with the president.

Earlier this month, the White House indicated that there was no need to make concessions for Meadows, advising him that President Joe Biden would not claim executive privilege or immunity for him on matters related to the investigation.

Schiff also suggested on Sunday that he would like the Justice Department to be more aggressive in investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn elections in some states, such as Georgia.

“I’m afraid there seems to be an investigation, unless it is done very discreetly by the Justice Department, for example the former president on the phone with the Georgia Secretary of State, asking him to find, really demanding that he find 11,780 votes that don’t exist, ”he told Bash.

This story has been updated with additional information.

CNN’s Sarah Fortinsky contributed to this report.

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