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Former Trump aide Mark Meadows fails to appear before Jan. 6 committee

Former Trump aide Mark Meadows fails to appear before Jan. 6 committee

Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump final White House chief of staff, failed to appear for a deposition Friday before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Meadows did not appear for the deposition on Capitol Hill Trump .

according to two sources familiar with his absence. It was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

and about 10 minutes later around a dozen committee staff and investigators walked out of the room along with the stenographer.

Committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and ranking member Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., later confirmed Meadows was a no-show.

Threatened to pursue contempt of Congress proceedings:

“Mr. Meadows’s actions today—choosing to defy the law—will force the Select Committee to consider pursuing

contempt or other proceedings to enforce the subpoena,” the two lawmakers said in a joint statement.

adding that Meadows has “failed to answer even the most basic questions.”

“If his defiance persists and that process moves ahead.

the record will reveal the wide range of matters the Select Committee wished to discuss with Mr. Meadows until his

decision to hide behind the former President’s spurious claims of privilege. Many of those matters are not even

conceivably subject to any privilege claim,” they said.

The statement was released shortly after the Justice Department announced former Trump adviser Steve Bannon had Trump.

been indicted for contempt of Congress for ignoring the committee’s subpoenas.

His failure to show up comes a day after his attorney, George Terwilliger, suggested that Meadows would not cooperate with the committee.

Thompson had warned in a letter that the panel still expected Meadows to produce “all responsive documents.

Appear for deposition testimony tomorrow Trump :

“If there are specific questions during that deposition that you believe raise legitimate privilege issues, Mr.

Meadows should state them at that time on the record for the Select Committee’s consideration and possible judicial review,” Thompson wrote Trump .

The committee had also been expecting to receive documents related to Trump and the Jan. 6 attack from the.

National Archives on Friday, but a federal appeals court on Thursday granted Trump’s request to temporarily block them from being handed over.

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