A committee examining the January 6 uprising also suggested that Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows be charged criminally and revealed text messages from the 9,000 records he turned up.
Former US President Donald Trump’s eldest son and many Fox News anchors had pleaded with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to persuade the president to call off the swarm of Trump fans who had descended on the US Congress on January 6, despite their outspoken public support for it.On Monday, a House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 uprising suggested that Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows be charged criminally, and published text messages from 9,000 documents turned up by him. Meadows had received a text message from Donald Trump Jr, the former president’s eldest son, saying, “He’s got to condemn this garbage ASAP.” “A tweet from the Capitol Police isn’t enough.”
“I’m putting a lot of effort into it.” Meadows said, “I agree.” “We require an address in the Oval Office.” Now he must take command. Trump Jr replied back, “It’s gone too far and gotten out of hand.” Sean Hannity and Laura Ingram, both vocal Trump supporters, emailed Meadows pleading with him to encourage Donald Trump to call off his supporters, which they have done since, downplaying the uprising. “Mark, the president ought to order everyone in the Capitol to leave,” Ingram wrote, adding, “This is affecting us all.” He’s sabotaging his own legacy.”
Meadow defied a congressional subpoena to testify about his role and what was going on at the White House at the time, and Liz Cheney, the top Republican on the investigation committee, read out these texts before she and the other eight members of the panel voted to recommend criminal prosecution of Meadow for defying a congressional subpoena to testify about his role and what was going on at the time.
Meadows will become the second witness to face contempt charges in this case if the full House approves the panel’s decision this week. Previous Trump aide Steve Bannon was the first to refuse to testify, invoking the former president’s executive privilege, which was later overturned by a court. Meadows used the same ruse with Trump’s executive privilege, which was waived by Vice President Biden. Only the president in the office can invoke executive privilege to keep the contents of his or her conversations, including those of select officials of his or her administration, private.