Former US White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be on hand to ‘protect Trump supporters’ against the US congressional uprising, according to a new report released by the committee. announced on the evening of Sunday, January 6.
That’s just one of a number of new details in the report about Meadows’ actions before and during January 6, as well as his role in the effort to overturn the 2020 election. It is important for the committee to send a referral for contempt of the National Assembly to the Ministry of Justice. The panel informed Meadows last week that they had “no choice but to initiate criminal proceedings against him because he had decided not to cooperate with their investigation any longer.” .
The panel will meet on Monday to formally submit the report to a full-fledged House vote later this week at the earliest. The vote of the full House of Representatives is the final step before the recommendation is sent to the DOJ.
The report is an important component for the committee to send a referral for contempt of Congress to the Department of Justice. The panel will meet on Monday to formally submit the report to a full-fledged House vote later this week at the earliest. The vote of the full House of Representatives is the final step before the recommendation is sent to the DOJ.
Meadows’ attorney asked the panel on Monday to review its plan. In a letter to the committee, Meadows attorney George Terwilliger III said the “expected referral would be against the law” because his client, a senior official, had made “a plea for goodwill.” of executive privilege and immunity from probate.”
“It would also be unwise to introduce a senior aide to the president,” Terwilliger wrote, “because it would do great damage to the President’s institution, given the limited application of the statute over time.”
Terwilliger said that Meadows’ choice to refuse impeachment was an attempt to comply with his “legal obligations” as a former Trump adviser. “History and law teach that this attempt is not a crime,” Terwilliger wrote.
Terwilliger also suggested that the commission should allow the civil action Meadows filed against the commission to go forward before it moves to the contempt stage – because a ruling in that case would address questions around the specifics. rights in dispute.
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 a January 5 email about the National Guard being on standby in a letter to Meadows’ attorney last week informing him that the panel would proceed. 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 some states to send alternative groups of electors to Congress.” , a plan that one member of Parliament admitted was ‘major controversial’ and 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 ‘
If Meadows remains cooperative, the committee also said it will inquire about a text exchange with a media figure “who encouraged the president’s statement asking people, to quote,” to leave the Capitol. peacefully”, as well as a text sent “to one of— by one of the President’s family members indicating that Mr. Meadows, quoted, ‘prompted’, last quote, for a statement by President Trump, quoting, ‘condemn this,’ quoted last, occurred at the Capitol.”
The committee has previously sought communications between Meadows and certain protest organizers as the panel remains focused on determining any degree of coordination with Trump’s White House. The report went on to note that Meadows was directly involved in efforts to overturn election results in key pivot states that Trump lost and helped push baseless claims of electoral fraud. tri.
“Mr Meadows participated in meetings and calls in which participants reportedly discussed the need to ”fight” against ”collected evidence” about fraudulent behavior. intentional voter fraud after courts have reviewed and outright dismissed the Trump campaign’s claims of voter fraud and other practices it says.
“He attended one such meeting in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump and members of Congress, which he publicly tweeted from his personal Twitter account shortly after. He attended. engaged in another such call just days before the January 6 attacks with Mr Trump, members of Congress, lawyers for Trump’s re-election campaign, and ‘about 300’ state officials and local to discuss the goal of overturning the electoral college results of several states by January 6, 2021,” the report added.
In the wake of the panel’s push for criminal proceedings, Meadows filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and selected committee members, asking a federal court to block enforcement of subpoenas. the court the commission issued to him as well as the subpoena Verizon issued to him. phone records.
Meadows alleges that the subpoena is “too broad and too burdensome”, while claiming that the committee “lacks the legal authority to seek and obtain” the requested information.
However, before Meadows decided to stop cooperating with the committee, he turned over approximately 6,000 pages of documents. That includes information from his personal email account and personal cell phone that are relevant to the commission’s investigation.