Former top Trump aide Mark Meadows facing possible jail after snubbing subpoena

Donald Trump's former chief-of-staff is facing possible jail time after he didn't show up last week for a congressional testimony into the Capitol riot.

The House of Representatives panel voted unanimously to recommend contempt charges for Mark Meadows.

The panel subpoenaed Mr Meadows to appear to testify about the White House's actions before and during the riot on January 6.

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Mark Meadows (left, unmasked) was chief of staff while Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

But Mr Meadows refused to appear.

In the subpoena, committee chairman Bennie Thompson wrote that they had "credible evidence of your involvement" in events within the inquiry's scope.

"You were the President's Chief of Staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry," Mr Thompson wrote.

"It has been reported that you were engaged in multiple elements of the planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes."

He is the second Trump associate to face contempt charges.

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January 6 investigation committee chairman Bennie Thompson pushed for Mark Meadows to be charged with contempt.

The contempt recommendation will be passed on to the Department of Justice, where a grand jury will be convened to determine if charges are merited.

Former White House counsel Steve Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt last month.

If found guilty, he could face between 30 days and a year in jail.

Earlier today, the committee released text messages sent to Mr Meadows during the riots, including ones sent by Donald Trump's own children.

Republican committee member Liz Cheney read out some of the texts.

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Mark Meadows could be jailed for up to a year if found guilty of contempt.

"As the violence continued, one of the President's sons texts Mr Meadows, 'He's got to condemn this ASAP. The capitol police tweet is not enough,' Donald Trump Jr texted. Meadows responded, 'I am pushing it hard. I agree'," Ms Cheney said.

"Donald Trump Jr texted again and again, urging action by the President. Quote, 'We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far. And gotten out of hand,' end quote. But hours passed without necessary action by the President."

They also released an email sent by Mr Meadows saying that the National Guard would be there to "protect pro Trump people".

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The storming of the US Capitol happened immediately following Donald Trump's rally last week.

Mr Meadows' lawyer George J. Terwilliger III cited "executive privilege", which allows a president to keep things secret, as the reason for the defiance of the subpoena.

"We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily … to answer questions about non-privileged matters," Mr Terwilliger said.

"Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable."

Trump White House senior staffers Stephen Miller and Kayleigh McEnany have also been subpoenaed to appear before the investigation.

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