New Congress evidence: Yes, Trump allies knew what was coming on January 6th

Some of Donald Trump‘s top allies and congressional loyalists may have had a bad start to the weekend. The House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly pro-Trump uprising on Friday unveiled a 248-page lawsuit that further highlights the role of Trump allies in helping plan the January 6 rally. The archive contains testimonies and other material related to discussions, as helpers, such as the then Chief of Staff of the White House Mark Meadowsand members of the hard right Freedom Caucus, including Rep. Jim Jordan, had spearheaded up to the fateful day. Jordan, Meadows and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was among them on a planning call where Rep. Scott Perrythe current leader of the Freedom Caucus, supported the idea of ​​encouraging people to march to the US Capitol on January 6, according to testimony from Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson. “I do not think there is a participant in the call who necessarily had deterred the idea,” she told investigators in the committee.

The committee and the Ministry of Justice “have both investigated the issue of how the crowd moved from the Ellipse to the Capitol”, while investigating who was responsible for the violence, New York Times reports. The new information is particularly striking, as Meadows in his book claimed that Trump, when he asked the crowd to march to the Capitol, “ad-libred a line that no one had seen before,” according to the broadcast. The president, Meadows wrote, “knew as well as anyone else that we would not arrange such a trip at such short notice.” But Hutchinson told investigators Meadows had said in “random conversation”: “Oh, we’re going to have this big meeting. People are talking about it on social media. They’m going up to the Capitol.”

The House committee also claimed that before January 6, Meadows was aware of the potential for violence that day, but nevertheless encouraged the demonstration. “I only remember Mr. [Anthony] Ornate comes in and says we had intelligence reports that said there could potentially be violence on the 6th, ”Hutchinson said, referring to the former White House chief of operations. “And Mr. Meadows said, ‘Okay. Let’s talk about it,'” Hutchinson recalled. Joe Bidens election victory would be dangerous; the committee has evidence that an organizer’s “urgent concerns” reached their way up to Meadows, according to Times.

“Meadows was told that the plans to try to overthrow the 2020 election using so-called deputies were not ‘legally sound’,” he says. Times reports, although Meadows apparently nevertheless supported such efforts. “I’ve been pushing for this. Not sure it’s going to happen,” Meadows said in a text message to Jordan on the morning of January 6, referring to the then vice president. Mike Pence take unilateral measures to reject the counting of electoral votes that day.

On Friday night, the select panel asked a federal court to enforce its lawsuit against Meadows, which has been trying for months to block the committee’s demand that he testify and provide records, citing executive privileges. Information from the panel last Friday in their attempt to force Meadows’ testimony also provides insight into the involvement of several Republican members of Congress in Trump and his inner circle’s efforts to overthrow the December 2020 election. “Members exchanged theories on ways to push then vice-chairman Mike Pence to single-handedly stop Biden’s election, they parried with the White House law firm on the limits of the law on presidential candidates, and they met directly with Pence’s staff to encourage him to act directly on January 6, when Congress met to count elections. votes, ”Politico reported.

Hutchinson’s testimony claimed that reps. Perry, Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Marjorie Taylor Greeneand Mo Brooks was among members of Congress involved in discussions to prevent Biden from taking office, such as by forcing Pence to “send votes back to the states or voters back to the states,” Hutchinson said. Perry also “repeatedly” texted Meadows to replace the Justice Department leadership in the days before Jan. 6 with people who may be more supportive of Trump’s evidence-free allegations of electoral fraud, according to the archive.

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