DOJ Lets Two Republicans Off The Hook

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These two are safe…

After former Trump adviser Peter Navarro was indicted by the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress, the DOJ confirmed that Trump-Era White House officials Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino would not be indicted.

Meadows was one of the first targets of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack to be threatened with contempt of Congress after the committee voted to hold Meadows in contempt in December for refusing to testify. The committee only voted on Scavino in April. The panel recommended that both men be prosecuted by the DOJ.

Despite the recommendation and Navarro’s indictment, reports emerged that neither Meadows nor Scavino would be charged, information confirmed by the New York Times, which received a memo Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, sent to the House committee.

“Based on the individual facts and circumstances of their alleged contempt, my office will not be initiating prosecutions for criminal contempt as requested in the referral against Messrs. Meadows and Savino,” Graves wrote.

Graves also indicated that no further contempt charges would be pursued, stating, “My office’s review of each of the contempt referrals arising from the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation is complete.”

George J. Terwilliger III, a lawyer for Meadows, responded to the news, stating, “The result speaks for itself.”

However, Terwilliger’s sentiment was not shared by those on the panel, with Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY.) addressing the decision in a joint statement released on Friday evening.

“While today’s indictment of Peter Navarro was the correct decision by the Justice Department, we find the decision to reward Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino for their continued attack on the rule of law puzzling,” the statement read.

They continued, “Mr. Meadows and Mr. Scavino unquestionably have relevant knowledge about President Trump’s role in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the events of January 6th,” with the pair adding that they hope the DOJ provides further clarity on their decision.