The American rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wears a “Trump Won” face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House to relinquish her office as the newly elected member of the 117th House of Representatives in Washington, USA, January 3, 2021.
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The Republican rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene urged a White House staffer to talk to then-President Donald Trump about introducing martial law in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot, according to text messages revealed in a new report.
“In our private chat with members only, several say the only way to save our republic is for Trump to demand a Marshall Act,” Greene had sent a text message to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the 17th. January 2021, CNN reported. Monday.
The reference to the “Marshall Act” is an apparent misspelling of the law of war, the emergency power that puts the military in charge of the government.
“I do not know about those things. I just wanted you to tell him,” the first-period legislator allegedly said. “They stole this election. We all know it. They will destroy our country next time. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and everyone else!”
Meadows did not appear to be responding to Greene, CNN reported. Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
Greene reportedly sent that text three days before Trump was due to leave office after his loss to President Joe Biden. Less than two weeks earlier, on January 6, a violent crowd of Trump supporters broke through police lines and stormed the U.S. Capitol building, forcing them in Congress to hide and temporarily delaying efforts to confirm Biden’s victory.
The mob was incited against the Capitol that day by Trump, who had spent weeks falsely claiming he was beating his Democratic challenger and that the election was manipulated against him. Greene, who has a well-documented history of embracing right-wing conspiracy theories, also often cast doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election following Biden’s victory.
Election experts, politicians from both parties and even Trump’s own justice minister have all rejected Trump’s claims that the election result was influenced by widespread voter fraud.
Greene contacted Meadows in a December 2020 text published by CNN for advice on how to prepare for objections to confirming the January 6 election: “We need to get organized by the 6th,” she wrote.
She also asked Meadows for a follow-up meeting with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former lawyer, who had contributed to failed efforts to overturn Biden’s victories in key swing states.
CNN said it received Greene’s texts as part of a collection of 2,319 texts sent to and from Meadows between election day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration two months later. The texts show Meadows’ communication with dozens of Republican lawmakers, as well as other White House officials and several of Trump’s adult children.
Meadows had shared these messages by the end of 2021 with the House’s select committee investigating the Capitol riot, but then stopped cooperating and is now suing to cancel two of the panel’s subpoenas.
In a recent filing of the civil case, the committee shared a transcript of an interview with a former Trump aide who said Meadows had been warned in advance about the potential for violence on January 6th.
A spokesman for the select committee rejected CNBC’s request to verify the texts reported by CNN.
On Friday, Greene testified under oath in a lengthy legal challenge to disqualify her from running for another term because of her alleged involvement in the Capitol riot.
Over the course of nearly four hours of testimony, Greene repeatedly said she could not remember the details of the events and the planning around that day.
“Prior to the inauguration in 2021, did you speak for martial law with the President of the United States?” Greene had been questioned during the hearing by attorney Andrew Celli.
“I can not remember, I can not remember,” Greene replied.
Ron Fein, a lawyer leading the attempt to remove Greene from the ballot, told NBC News on Monday that the recently revealed texts show “dishonesty around her call for martial law” and suggest that “she was not a credible witness” in the stands .
Read the full CNN report.