WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a stunning announcement Tuesday night, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, (R)-N.C., said some House lawmakers are “seriously” considering holding officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in contempt of Congress.
Meadows’ comments come in the wake of growing Republican frustration over DOJ officials’ failure to produce subpoenaed documents related to the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s a Judiciary Committee decision. They would vote it out and it would go to the House floor,” Meadows told reporters. “It is being seriously considered.”
The comments follow days of speculation over whether President Donald Trump will choose to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who ordered an FBI raid of the office of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, and/or Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who last week signed off on the raid. Federal prosecutors were reportedly seeking information on payments made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had affairs with Trump years ago, in exchange for a confidentiality agreement she signed during Trump’s 2016 presidential election.
Trump, slammed the decision to raid Cohen’s office during a press conference at the White House on Monday, has made no secret of his disdain for Mueller, who he feels is being one-sided in regard to his investigation.
Meadows, who has been a vocal supporter of the president, said that while he feels there is sufficient cause to fire Rosenstein, he thinks things need to be handled one matter at a time.
“It’s too early to put forth a case on that,” he said.