House votes to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of congress

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House votes to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of congress

1 00:00:00,330 –> 00:00:05,970 >> We’ve learned that Mr. Meadows made a surprise visit to a state run audit in Georgia which 2 00:00:05,970 –> 00:00:11,670 led to the now infamous call in which Mr. Trump improperly asked the Georgia secretary 3 00:00:11,670 –> 00:00:17,190 of state to find votes. We need to talk to Mr. Meadows about that. We 4 00:00:17,190 –> 00:00:22,920 need also to ask him about text messages which he provided to our committee that 5 00:00:22,920 –> 00:00:28,260 show an official in Georgia texting Mr. Meadows during the 6 00:00:28,260 –> 00:00:34,560 Trump wraps and Berger call saying that they quote need to end this call unquote 7 00:00:34,560 –> 00:00:40,020 and emphasizing quote I don’t think this will be a productive will be productive much 8 00:00:40,020 –> 00:00:43,830 longer and quote We need to talk to Mr. Meadows about that. 9 00:00:43,830 –> 00:00:49,770 >> How did the following text from a House lawmaker. Influenced Trump’s 10 00:00:49,770 –> 00:00:55,740 plans to overthrow Joe Biden’s Electoral College majority 11 00:00:55,740 –> 00:01:01,680 of 306 to 232. After Joe Biden beat Donald 12 00:01:01,680 –> 00:01:04,290 Trump and he here’s what that lawmaker wrote him. 13 00:01:04,890 –> 00:01:10,860 >> On November 4th. A member of this body wrote to Meadows. Here’s an aggressive strategy 14 00:01:10,860 –> 00:01:16,500 one day after the election. Why can’t the states of Georgia North Carolina 15 00:01:16,500 –> 00:01:21,840 Pennsylvania and other Republican controlled state houses declare this 16 00:01:21,840 –> 00:01:27,300 is B.S. where conflicts an election not called that night and just send 17 00:01:27,300 –> 00:01:32,180 their just send their own electors to vote and have it go to the SCOTUS. 18 00:01:32,190 –> 00:01:37,860 >> The Supreme Court of the United States on January 3rd. Mr. Meadows was exchanging 19 00:01:37,860 –> 00:01:43,650 text messages with a lawmaker about the pressure campaign to get state legislatures to 20 00:01:43,650 –> 00:01:49,100 overturn the results of the election. In one text message to a lawmaker Mr. 21 00:01:49,100 –> 00:01:54,600 Meadows wrote he he presumably being President Trump. Quote 22 00:01:54,600 –> 00:02:00,210 He thinks the legislatures have the power. But the V.P. has power to 23 00:02:00,210 –> 00:02:05,710 end quote the power to do what we could guess 24 00:02:05,710 –> 00:02:08,920 the power to overturn the election results. 25 00:02:09,040 –> 00:02:14,260 >> The power to reject the will of the voters. And days later a violent mob tried to 26 00:02:14,260 –> 00:02:17,640 get Vice President Pence to do just that. 27 00:02:17,680 –> 00:02:23,230 >> We’d like to ask Mr. Meadows about that. Now the gentleman who just spoke. The gentleman from 28 00:02:23,230 –> 00:02:28,650 Indiana laments the fact that we have 29 00:02:28,650 –> 00:02:34,520 this committee but the gentleman from Indiana voted against 30 00:02:34,520 –> 00:02:39,710 forming an equally numbered committee to 31 00:02:39,710 –> 00:02:45,320 be set up to judge this issue. I am not surprised 32 00:02:45,320 –> 00:02:46,640 that the gentleman from Indiana. 33 00:02:49,290 –> 00:02:56,490 >> Does not want to see this subpoena honored because 34 00:02:56,490 –> 00:03:01,880 Mr. Madam Speaker I believe that he fears the information that 35 00:03:01,880 –> 00:03:02,890 would be brought forward. 36 00:03:02,900 –> 00:03:08,720 >> It seems to me that my friend the gentleman from Maryland disparaged the gentleman from Indiana 37 00:03:08,720 –> 00:03:12,700 here personally and should have his words taken down. 38 00:03:12,710 –> 00:03:18,590 >> Make no mistake. Make no mistake When Democrats vote in favor of this resolution it 39 00:03:18,590 –> 00:03:23,990 is a vote to put a good man in prison. That is what they don’t pretend to argue 40 00:03:23,990 –> 00:03:29,630 either. Don’t even attempt the argument. No no no. This is just this is just a house acting 41 00:03:29,630 –> 00:03:35,100 the Justice Department will make a decision whether to prosecute or not. Come on. Is there anyone who 42 00:03:35,100 –> 00:03:35,850 believes that. 43 00:03:36,630 –> 00:03:42,180 >> It took the attorney general all of five days to treat parents as terrorists all 44 00:03:42,180 –> 00:03:47,430 in five days. If the left wing political group can right the White House asking the Department of Justice to use 45 00:03:47,430 –> 00:03:53,100 the Patriot Act against moms and dads and five days later the attorney general United States does just 46 00:03:53,100 –> 00:03:58,340 that then what do you think he’s going to do when two hundred twenty five Democrats in 47 00:03:58,340 –> 00:04:02,900 the House of Representatives ask him to put President Trump’s chief of staff in prison. 48 00:04:02,910 –> 00:04:08,360 >> Me just make sure people understand some facts in light of 49 00:04:08,360 –> 00:04:14,240 some of the charges that my colleague from Ohio just made which are flat false 50 00:04:14,240 –> 00:04:19,490 . Number one Mr. Meadows refused to show up for his deposition. The 51 00:04:19,490 –> 00:04:24,740 Committee scheduled a deposition after extensive coordination with Mr. Meadows at 52 00:04:24,740 –> 00:04:30,110 a day that he chose that he selected. And then he refused to show up and he refused to show 53 00:04:30,110 –> 00:04:34,790 up to testify about non privileged questions. 54 00:04:34,790 –> 00:04:40,130 >> So my colleague from Ohio can talk as much as he’d like about executive privilege and 55 00:04:40,130 –> 00:04:45,650 about George Washington and about the extent to which it’s it’s crucial for the survival of the republic with which I 56 00:04:45,650 –> 00:04:50,990 agree. But we are talking here about testimony about non privileged materials. 57 00:04:52,910 –> 00:04:58,470 >> On this vote the yeas are 222 and the nays are 208. 58 00:04:58,470 –> 00:05:03,920 The resolution is adopted Without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on 59 00:05:03,920 –> 00:05:04,610 the table.