A House panel tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol will vote later today to advance contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows,

The seven Democrats and two Republicans who make up the panel believe former President Donald Trump is responsible for provoking the riot, and they say Meadows is withholding critical information by refusing to cooperate with the committee.

“According to documents and testimony obtained by the Select Committee, Mark Randall Meadows is uniquely situated to provide critical information about the events of January 6, 2021, as well as efforts taken by public officials and private individuals to spread the message of widespread fraud in the November 2020 election and to delay or prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” committee members wrote in the contempt resolution they’ll vote on at 7 p.m. Monday.

Meadows last week announced he would not appear for a deposition before the committee.


His lawyer told the panel Meadows would not testify because the committee would have asked him questions that veered into privileged matters from his time as White House chief of staff.

Committee lawmakers viewed it differently.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, and Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and staunch Trump foe, released a statement accusing Meadows of refusing to testify before the committee ”about the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6th attack, including conversations with President Trump, in the book he is now promoting and selling.”

Meadows has provided thousands of pages of documents and was willing to testify voluntarily about privileged matters, his lawyer said.

The committee vote is likely to be unanimous and will send the matter to the House floor, where a vote this week is expected.

The Democratic majority is all but guaranteed to find Meadows in contempt of Congress, and he’ll face possible criminal charges by the Justice Department.

Meadows is suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, arguing the Jan. 6 panel is “without legal authority” to compel him to testify on privileged matters.


The House earlier this year voted to find former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 12. He has pleaded not guilty.