CNN has obtained thousands of text messages exchanged between Mark Meadows and prominent Donald Trump supporters, revealing never-before-seen conversations about the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and other efforts to prevent Joe Biden from taking office .
Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff under Trump, provided the text log to the House committee investigating the insurgency in December, shortly before he ceased cooperating with the investigation.
The committee has already made some of those messages public, but CNN reported Monday that it had obtained the 2,319 messages Meadows had delivered, all of which were sent and received between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s seven-week inauguration. later. Meadows refused to give the committee about 1,000 more text messages, the panel said in a court filing.
The message cache includes conversations between Meadows and several members of Trump’s inner circle, including his adult children, campaign officials, Cabinet members, senior White House officials, more than 40 current and former Republican members. Congress, Fox News personalities and organizers of the Jan. 6 event where Trump encouraged his supporters to rally at the Capitol.
Some of the most notable exchanges took place between Meadows and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). The Republican lawmaker is currently facing a legal challenge that could disqualify her from re-election due to her alleged role in the January 6 events.
In a text message to Meadows on Dec. 31, 2020, Greene asked for help organizing the congressional objection to Biden’s victory.
“Hello Mark, I’m here in DC. Need to get organized for the 6th,” she wrote. “I would love to see Rudy Giuliani again. We couldn’t speak with him long. Also anyone who can help. We’re onboarding a lot of members. And we have to present the best case for each state.
During the attack, Greene urged Meadows to force Trump to disavow what was happening, writing, “Mark, I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol, please , tell the president to calm people down. That’s not the way to solve anything.”
Several other Republican lawmakers sent similar appeals, though they publicly downplayed Trump’s responsibility for the ensuing attack.
Greene texted Meadows again later that day, claiming far-left activists were posing as Trump voters.
“Marquez, we don’t think these attackers are our people. We believe they are Antifa. Dressed like Trump supporters,” she wrote.
Investigations into last year’s attack revealed that the rioters were, in fact, Trump supporters.
Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller appeared to push Meadows to have the president perpetuate the idea that his supporters weren’t behind the riot, according to texts obtained by CNN.
“Call me crazy, but ideas for two tweets from POTUS: 1) Rotten apples, probably ANTIFA or other crazed leftists, have infiltrated today’s (sic) peaceful protest against the count vote fraud. Violence is never acceptable! MAGA supporters embrace our policing and the rule of law and should leave the Capitol now! 2) The fake media that encouraged violent and radical riots this summer are now trying to blame peaceful and innocent MAGA supporters for violent actions. It’s not who we are! Our people should go home and let the criminals suffer the consequences!
In the final days leading up to Biden’s inauguration, Greene urged Meadows to reflect on Trump’s declaration of martial law, in which military rule would take over from civilian rule.
“In our private member-only chat, many say the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call Marshall Law (sic),” she wrote. “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!
Meadows also frequently texted Fox News host Sean Hannity, CNN reported. In conversation, Hannity appears to ask Meadows how he could help improve Trump’s election results.
“NC, how are you? Hannity wrote, referring to the swing state of North Carolina. Meadows replied that Hannity should remind her viewers that “every vote counts”, to which Hannity replied, “Yes sir”. Meadows added that the Trump campaign needed a vote boost in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada.
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