Greene, in a text to Meadows, raised the topic of martial law to keep Trump in power

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) told then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in January 2021 that some members of Congress were calling on Donald Trump to impose martial law to remain president, according to text messages Meadows recently provided to the select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

The news of the text messages, which was first reported by CNN on Monday, comes days after Greene testified in a separate case that she could not recall whether she argued for martial law at the time.

According to CNN, Greene raised the topic in a text at Meadows on Jan. 17, 2021, more than a week after the uprising and days before Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.

“In our private members-only conversation, many say the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call Marshall Law,” Greene sent to Meadows, misspelling the word “martial.” “I don’t know about these things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can prosecute Biden and anyone else!

Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

In an earlier text message, Greene also asked for Meadows’ help as she and other Republican members of Congress prepare to oppose the counting of electoral votes on January 6, 2021. She alluded to having met previously Rudy Giuliani, who was Trump’s staff. lawyer at the time.

“Hello Mark, I’m here in DC. We need to get organized for the 6th,” Greene said in a Dec. 31, 2020, text, according to CNN. “I’d like to see Rudy Giuliani again. We couldn’t talk to him for long. Also anyone who can help. We ship a lot of members. And we have to present the best case for each state.

Giuliani was one of several Trump advisers who met at a “command center” at the Willard Hotel before Jan. 6, The Washington Post previously reported.

Last week, while testifying about her alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack as part of a case to disqualify her for re-election, Greene said she could not recall whether she had urged Trump to impose martial law.

“I don’t remember,” Greene said in response to questioning from an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case.

“So you’re not denying that you did it?” Andrew G. Celli Jr. “You just don’t remember?

“I don’t remember,” Greene replied.

The exchange marked one of dozens of times during Friday’s hearing where Greene said she did not recall his tweets or statements related to the Capitol attack. Greene’s appearance in an Atlanta courtroom was one of the first times a member of Congress has been questioned under oath about the attack.

The case against Greene was brought by Free Speech for People, a campaign finance reform organization, on behalf of a group of voters in his district. The Free Speech group alleges that Greene, who has become a lightning rod for controversy and earned a reputation as one of the most far-right members of the Republican Party, helped facilitate the rampage of the Capitol in an effort to prevent the certification of Biden’s victory. .

Jacqueline Alemany and Matt Brown contributed to this report.


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