Washington – In mid-January 2021, a few days before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the Republican rep. Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene texted then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to tell him that some GOP members of Congress had privately suggested that former President Trump should declare martial law according to texts obtained by CBS News and first reported by CNN. Greene testified last weekwhether she called on the president to introduce martial law.
“In our private chat with members only, several say that the only way to save our republic is for Trump to demand Marshall Law,” Greene wrote to Meadows on January 17, 2021. “I do not know about those things. “just have you tell him. They stole this choice. 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!”
It is one of several texts that Greene sent to Meadows in the post-election period, around January 6, 2021. Greene also told Meadows that “we believe” that the people who attacked the Capitol on January 6, “is Antifa” dressed as Trump supporters. Meadowsto the committee on January 6, which investigated the assault and then refused to cooperate further with the committee.
CNN first reported the texts along with more than 2,000 texts Meadows exchanged with top aides, TV personalities, members of Congress and GOP activists.
It is unclear from the records whether Meadows responded.
Greene, who is fighting for a voter challenge to block her from appearing on the ballot in Georgia, testified in an administrative hearing on Friday that shewhether she called on the president to introduce martial law as a way to remain in power.
“I do not remember,” Greene said in court Friday.
Greene also wrote to Meadows during the attack. “Mark I was just told that there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol. Please tell the President to reassure people. This is not the way to solve anything,” she wrote on January 6, 2021.
January 7, the day afterGreene texted Meadows that “we tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states,” and she accused anarchists of the melee at the Capitol, even though she offered no evidence to support her accusation.
“I’m sorry nothing worked,” she continued. “I do not think President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol. It is not his fault. Antifa was mixed into the crowd and instigated it, and people certainly followed. But when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, think , They think they have no other choice.Absolutely no apology and I fully condemn it all but after year round closures and a stolen election people say they have no other choice.I defended “Trump last night on Newsmax. He has been the greatest president. I will continue to defend him. And if anyone attacks you. I hope you are okay. I feel sorry for everyone.”
“Thank you Marjorie,” Meadows replied.
Greene also sent a text message to Meadows prior to January 6, December 31, 2020, although it is not clear from the records whether Meadows responded.
“Good morning, Mark, I’m here in DC,” Greene wrote on December 31st. We have to be organized on the 6th. I would like to meet with Rudy Giuliani again. We did not manage to talk to him for long. Also anyone who can help. We get many members on board. And we have to put together the best case for each state. ”
Others also texted Meadows on Jan. 6 after protesters did soaround. 14. In a text confirmed by CBS News, Donald Trump sent Jr. a text message to Meadows: “He has to condemn this shit. Asap. The Captiol police tweet is not enough.”
“It’s his you go to the mattresses on,” Trump Jr. wrote. to Meadows. “They will try to swear his whole legacy on this if it gets worse.”
Trump Jr.’s tweets were probably a response to his father’s14:38, who did not mention the riots: “Please support our Capitol police and law enforcement. They are really on our side of the country. Stay peaceful!”
Meadows even provided the texts to the panel, and rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, told “Face the Nation” last month that he is “
“He collaborated with us for a little while, and then, in an attempt to make Donald Trump happy, he stops collaborating,” Kinzinger said. “We gave him plenty of room to come back and resume it. He does not.”
Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.