POLITICO could not independently verify the veracity of the claim regarding Meadows’ comments.
Two of the people who spoke about this story said that the committee had heard testimony on this subject from more than one person. The three people spoke on condition of anonymity.
Reached for comment, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich blasted the committee.
“The vague ‘leaks’, anonymous testimonies and willingness to alter the evidence of this partisan committee prove that this is just an extension of the Democrats’ smear campaign that has been repeatedly exposed to have been fabricated and dishonest,” he said. “Americans are tired of Democratic lies and charades, but, sadly, that’s the only thing they have to offer.”
An aide to Pence, as well as a representative from Meadows, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meadows has refused to testify before the select committee investigating the pro-Trump siege since being subpoenaed in September. He first entered into negotiations with the panel and provided thousands of private text messages, but then sued the select committee and Verizon to block a subpoena for his phone records. In December, the House found Meadows in contempt of Congress and referred him to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution. The DOJ has not charged him with any crime.
Testimony on Meadows’ story represents some of the committee’s most detailed allegations about Trump’s state of mind as a crowd of his supporters broke police lines and disrupted the electoral vote count that would confirm victory. of Biden in the 2020 election. The panel meticulously reconstructed Trump’s actions, comments and movements that day, with particular emphasis on his activity as the violence escalated.
Trump did not speak to Pence during the riot, even after learning that the Secret Service had led him to a safe location under Capitol Square. Their last call came at 11:20 a.m. that morning, when Trump urged Pence to refuse to count Biden voters and Pence later refused.
Trump publicly expressed his outrage at Pence over the riot via a 2:24 p.m. tweet.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution,” he said, sparking a fresh wave of anger among the crowd who had violated the Capitol.
Trump’s tweet came 10 minutes after rioters broke into the Capitol through a window in the Senate wing, and it was posted four minutes before Pence arrived at the Capitol’s secure location where he locked himself in with his security team for hours.
The New York Times was the first to report on Trump’s comments as reported to the Jan. 6 select committee.