Mark Meadows Says 1/6 Commission Because Democrats Don't Want to Discuss Economy

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has suggested that the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 is a distraction because Democrats don't want to talk about the U.S. economy.

Meadows spoke to Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday after Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a member of the committee, said on Sunday that the panel was willing to recommend criminal charges against those who do not cooperate with the probe.

Meadows is one of four former aides to former President Donald Trump who have been issued with subpoenas by the select committee and were required to meet a deadline of midnight on October 7 to submit documents relating to riots of January 6.

Ingraham asked Meadows why Democrats weren't focusing on matters like inflation, supply chain issues and the border.

Meadows said: "I can tell you what we're seeing here is basically Democrats want to talk about anything other than the economy, anything other than the fact that there are more people that could be working that aren't working right now."

Meadows criticized Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and mentioned oil and gasoline prices.

"And yeah, we are paying people not to work," he went on. "We've got a supply chain issue that's gonna affect not only our economy in the near term but the long term. But here's what the Democrats are trying to do Laura: they're trying to replace a robust economy with big government and we can't let that happen."

Later in the interview, Ingraham asked Meadows about comments Schiff had made on Sunday in an interview with CBS's Face the Nation.

The Democrat, who represents California's 28th congressional district, said the select committee: "wants to make sure that these witnesses come in and testify, and we are prepared to go forward and urge the justice department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty."

Meadows told Ingraham: "Listen, I'm gonna let the attorneys handle all of that."

"I can say this, when I talk to people they say we've already been through two impeachments. Why did we go through an impeachment of Donald Trump on this very issue and now we're holding hearings? They don't quite understand that. The American people know that it's politics as usual. Hopefully, we'll get beyond that," he said.

The select committee issued a subpoena for Meadows last month seeking documents and requiring him to sit for an interview with investigators. The three other former Trump aides subpoenaed were Defense Department official Kash Patel, White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino.

A lawyer for Trump had sent a letter to the four men instructing them not to comply with the subpoenas, citing the doctrine of executive privilege. However, the select committee issued a statement on October 8 saying that suggested Meadows was complying.

"While Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel are, so far, engaging with the Select Committee, Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President. The Select Committee fully expects all of these witnesses to comply with our demands for both documents and deposition testimony," the statement said.

While the committee initially struggled to physically locate Scavino in order to serve him, he was later served with the subpoena.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to the media at the White House in Washington, DC, October 21, 2020. Meadows has said Democrats don't want to discuss the economy. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images