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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote Tuesday on recommending criminal contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, rebuking him after he said he would no longer cooperate with the panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
That panel voted 9-0 Monday to recommend the contempt charges. A House vote to hold Meadows in contempt would refer the charges to the Justice Department, which will decide whether to prosecute the former Republican congressman. It would be the first time the House has voted to hold a former member in contempt since the 1830s, according to House records.
The vote comes as the committee released a series of frantic texts Meadows received as the attack was underway. The texts, provided by Meadows before he ceased cooperating with the committee, revealed that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters.
“We need an Oval Office address,” Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows, the committee said, as his father’s supporters were breaking into the Capitol, sending lawmakers running for their lives and interrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. “He has