Mark Meadows says National Guard will be ready to ‘protect Trump supporters’ against Capitol uprising, House investigators say
The committee noted that in an email Meadows sent to an individual around January 6, he said that “the National Guard will be there to ‘protect Trump supporters’ and many others.” will be ready on standby,” according to the report. The new documents come as Meadows’ role is being re-monitored after he decided to stop cooperating with the committee last week.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson appeared to be alluding to this January 5 email about the National Guard being on standby in a letter to Meadows’ attorney last week informing him that the panel would conduct contempt proceedings.
Thompson also mentioned a November 7, 2020, email discussing the appointment of alternative groups of electors as part of a “direct and collateral attack,” and a January 5 email containing 38-page PowerPoint summary titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for the 6 JANs “offered” up the hill.”
Meadows, according to the report, “received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican lawmakers in several states to send alternative sets of electors to Congress, a plan that one member of Congress admitted was ‘major controversial’ to which Mr. Meadows replied, “I like it.”
“Mr Meadows responded to a similar message by saying ‘[w]e are’ and another similar announcement by saying “Yes. There’s a team in there,” the report said.
Additionally, the committee noted that Meadows “exchanged text messages and provided instructions to an organizer of the January 6 rally on Ellipse after the organizer told him ‘