DNC Statement on House Republicans Protecting Mark Meadows

Today, nearly every House Republican voted against holding Mark Meadows in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement: 

“I wish we could say we’re surprised, but Republican lawmakers have repeatedly proven they’re devoid of morals, without any semblance of a conscience or a spine. By voting to defend Mark Meadows – a man who some of these very same members texted fearing for their lives on January 6 – House Republicans have made clear that they couldn’t care less about protecting our democracy, just like they don’t care about helping hardworking Americans or lowering costs for families. Republicans sold out their party long ago, and the only thing they care about now is whitewashing the violent assault on our democracy and spreading Donald Trump’s Big Lie in a desperate attempt to cling to power.” 

Just a reminder of who and what exactly House Republicans went on the record to defend today:

CNN: “Newly revealed text messages to Meadows undercut GOP whitewashing of the insurrection”

CNBC: “Fox hosts, Donald Trump Jr., GOP reps begged Mark Meadows in texts to get Trump to stop Capitol riot on Jan. 6”

CNN’s Manu Raju: “Cheney says dozens of texts to Meadows ‘urged immediate action by the president’ on Jan. 6. She says multiple Fox hosts, including Ingraham and Hannity, urged Meadows to get Trump to deter riots. Even Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows multiple times to get his dad to do something”

Washington Post: “Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the Jan. 6 committee’s vice chairman, had stunned the proceedings Monday night by reading several of the texts … These, she said, were from Republican members of Congress to Meadows. ‘It is really bad up here,’ one said. Another one texted, ‘The president needs to stop this ASAP.’ ‘Fix this now,’ another lawmaker urged Meadows.”

The Hill: “Yet Meadows, a former House lawmaker from North Carolina, has refused to appear before the panel to discuss those communications. And he’s also declined to submit any documents related to his correspondences with Trump himself, citing the executive privilege powers of the former president.”