The committee voted on Monday to ask prosecutors to press charges for his refusal to testify before Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff. Before Meadows finally refused to cooperate with the committee, he gave it thousands of text messages and emails, some of which were read at Monday’s meeting.

“It all went too far.”

“employment [prezydent Trump] President Trump’s son, Donald Jr., wrote to Meadows just after the Capitol siege began. “We need a letter from the Oval Office. He has to drive now. All this has gone too far and out of control.”

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Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Brian Kilmead also sent similar messages.

“Mark, the president should tell the people on the Capitol to go home,” Ingraham wrote. “It hurts us all. He’s destroying his legacy.”

The committee also released anonymous text messages from Republican members of Congress who were in the besieged Capitol at the time. “Mark, protesters literally storm the Capitol. They break windows and doors and rush inside. Is Trump going to say something?” One lawmaker wrote.

Cheney: Hours passed without the president acting

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney stressed that, despite frantic pleas from her allies, the then-president delayed action by more than three hours. In the end, he released a videotaped message urging protesters to go home while maintaining his account of the “stolen” elections.

Hours passed without the president doing what was necessary. Cheney said these texts are further evidence of President Trump’s complete neglect of President Trump’s duties during those 187 minutes.

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On Monday, the commission of inquiry unanimously upheld the request to file a complaint with the prosecution against Meadows for its refusal to cooperate with the commission.

The House of Representatives will likely support that proposal on Tuesday. If that happens, Meadows will be the second person he meets. Previously, a similar request was made against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. In November, Bannon was charged in the case, for which he faces 1 to 12 months in prison.

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