Common Cause Urges House Members to Support Mark Meadows Criminal Contempt Charges for Ignoring Congressional Insurrection Subpoena

Today, Common Cause urged every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “yes” on the resolution to certify a criminal contempt citation against former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to his role in, and knowledge of, the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol – a brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election which resulted in multiple deaths and left hundreds seriously injured. The letter emphasizes that the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection referred the criminal contempt charges to the full House in a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The letter also notes that Common Cause plans to key-vote this legislation in our Democracy Scorecard, which we send to our 1.5 million members.

“Americans expect and deserve the full truth about the attack on January 6th when a violent, racist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election,” Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn said. “Mark Meadows cannot claim executive privilege to hide the Trump administration’s efforts to stage what amounted to a coup attempt after Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. If Meadows will not comply with Congressional subpoenas, then Congress must find him in contempt and see that he is prosecuted accordingly. It is imperative that the American people are told the truth about the bloody insurrection, and Mark Meadows is withholding intimate knowledge of the actions of former president Trump and his inner circle before, during, and after the attack on the Capitol.”

The full House is expected to vote on the criminal contempt resolution later today or tomorrow. Following passage of the resolution by the full chamber, it would be referred to the Department of Justice. If found guilty of contempt of Congress, Meadows would face a fine and up to 12 months in prison.


To read the letter to the full House, click here.

To read the House Select Committee’s Report Recommending that the House of Representatives cite Mark Meadows for criminal contempt of Congress, click here.