Saturday, January 28

Meadows reveals alleged role of National Guard in assault on Capitol


(CNN) — Former White House Secretary General Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be ready to “protect Trump supporters” in the days leading up to the US Capitol uprising, according to a new contempt report released by the Sunday night by the select commission that investigates the events that occurred on January 6.

It was just one of several new details in the report on Meadows’ actions before and during January 6, as well as its role in trying to overturn the 2020 election. The resolution comes after the panel briefed Meadows on the last week that he had “no choice” but to advance in the criminal contempt procedure against him, since he had decided to stop cooperating.

The commission notes that in an email Meadows sent to a person on Jan. 6, it said that “the National Guard would be present to ‘protect Trump supporters’ and that many more would be available on hold,” according to the report. . The new documents come at a time when Meadows’ role is under new scrutiny following its decision to stop cooperating with the commission last week.

The commission’s chairman, Bennie Thompson, appeared to allude to this Jan. 5 email about the National Guard’s availability in a letter to Meadows’s attorney last week informing him that the panel would go ahead with the contempt procedure.

Thompson also referred to an email from November 7, 2020 discussing the appointment of alternative voter lists as part of a “direct and collateral attack” and to an email from January 5 that had a report in PowerPoint. 38-page length entitled “Voter Fraud, Foreign Interference, and Options for January 6” to be provided “on the hill (the United States Capitol).”

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Meadows, according to the report, “received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican lawmakers in certain states to submit alternate voter lists to Congress, a plan that a member of Congress acknowledged was” highly controversial. “and to which Mr. Meadows replied,” I love it. “

“Mr. Meadows responded to a similar message saying ‘We are’ and to another such message saying ‘Yes. Put a team of work on it,'” the report says.

In addition, the commission notes that Meadows “exchanged text messages with an organizer of the January 6 rally in front of the White House and provided guidance after the organizer told him that ‘things have gone crazy and I desperately need some address'”.

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If Meadows continued to cooperate, the commission also said it would inquire into a text exchange with a media personality “that had encouraged the presidential statement asking people to, I quote, ‘peacefully leave the Capitol,'” as well as a text sent “to one of the President’s family members stating that Mr. Meadows is, quote, ‘pushing hard’, end of quote, for a statement by President Trump to, quote, ‘condemn this shit’, end of the appointment, that is happening in the Capitol “.

The commission previously sought communications between Meadows and certain rally organizers, as the panel remains focused on identifying any level of coordination with the Trump White House. The report goes on to note that Meadows was directly involved in efforts to overturn the relection results in key states that Trump lost and helped push unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.

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“Mr. Meadows participated in meetings and calls during which participants allegedly discussed the need to ‘fight’ the ‘mounting evidence’ of alleged electoral fraud after the courts had overwhelmingly considered and rejected the claims of the Trump campaign. on electoral fraud and other electoral irregularities, “he says.

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“He participated in one such meeting in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump and members of Congress, about which he publicly tweeted from his personal Twitter account shortly thereafter. He participated in another such call a few days before the September 6 attack. January with Mr. Trump, members of Congress, attorneys for Trump’s re-election campaign and ‘some 300’ state and local officials to discuss the goal of nullifying the electoral college results of certain states on January 6, 2021, “he adds The report.

In response to pressure from the panel to initiate criminal contempt proceedings, Meadows filed a demand against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the members of the select commission, asking a federal court to block the application of the subpoena that the commission issued to her, as well as the subpoena it issued to Verizon for its telephone records .

Meadows alleges that the subpoenas are “excessively broad and unduly burdensome,” while asserting that the commission “lacks legal authority to seek and obtain” the information requested.

However, prior to Meadows’ decision to stop cooperating with the commission, it had provided approximately 6,000 pages of documents. That includes information from your personal email account and personal mobile phone that is relevant to the commission’s investigation.

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