New Congressional Evidence: Yes, Trump Allies Knew What Was Coming on Jan. 6

Some of donald trump‘s main allies and congressional loyalists may have gotten off to a rocky start to the weekend. The House committee investigating the deadly pro-Trump insurrection released a 248-page court document Friday that further clarifies the role of Trump allies in helping plan the rally that turned into a riot on March 6. January. The presentation contains testimonials and other material related to the discussions that attendees, such as the then White House chief of staff mark meadowsand members of the far-right Freedom Caucus, including Rep. jim jordan, had in the run-up to the fateful day. Personal Attorney for Jordan, Meadows and Trump Rudy Giuliani were among those on a planning call during which Rep. Scott Perrythe current leader of the Freedom Caucus, backed the idea of ​​encouraging people to march on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, according to testimony from a Meadows aide. Cassidy Hutchinson. “I don’t think there was a participant on the call that necessarily discouraged the idea,” she told committee investigators.

The committee and the Justice Department “have been looking into the question of how the crowd moved from the Ellipse to the Capitol” as they examine who was responsible for the violence. The New York Times reports. The new information is particularly surprising given that Meadows, in his book, claimed that in telling the crowd to march on Capitol Hill, Trump “improvised a line that no one had ever seen before,” according to the outlet. The president, wrote Meadows, “knew better than anyone that we would not organize a trip like that in such a short time.” But Hutchinson told investigators that Meadows in an “informal conversation” had said, “Oh, we’re going to have this big rally. People talk about it on social media. They are going to go up to the Capitol.”

The House committee also alleged that Meadows knew before Jan. 6 about the potential for violence that day, but encouraged the rally anyway. “I just remember Mr. [Anthony] Flowery coming in and saying we had intelligence that said there could be violence on the 6th,” Hutchinson said, referring to the former White House chief of operations. “And Mr. Meadows said: Very good. Let’s talk about it,” Hutchinson recalled. It was previously reported that rally organizers feared a march to the Capitol while Congress certified Joe Biden‘s electoral victory would turn dangerous; the committee has evidence that an organizer’s “urgent concerns” reached the Meadows, according to the Times.

“Meadows was told that plans to try to overturn the 2020 election using so-called surrogate electors were not ‘legally sound,'” said the Times reports, though Meadows apparently supported such efforts anyway. “I have lobbied for this. I’m not sure it’s going to happen,” Meadows said in a text message to Jordan on the morning of Jan. 6, referring to the then-vice president. mike pence taking unilateral steps to reject the counting of electoral votes that day.

The select panel’s Friday night court filing asked a federal court to enforce its subpoena against Meadows, who for months has been trying to block the committee’s demands that he testify and provide records, citing executive privilege. The information provided by the panel on Friday in its attempt to compel Meadows’ testimony also offers insight into the involvement numerous Republican members of Congress had in the efforts of Trump and his inner circle to topple the December 2020 election.” Members exchanged theories on ways to push then Vice President mike pence to single-handedly stop Biden’s election, they stopped with the White House Counsel’s Office on the limits of the law regarding presidential electors and met directly with Pence’s staff to encourage him to take direct action on the 6th. January, when Congress met to carry out the electoral recount. votes,” Politico reported.

Hutchinson’s testimony asserted that Representatives Perry, louie gohmert, matt gaetz, Andy Biggs, marjorie taylor greeneY mo brooks they were among members of Congress involved in discussions about how to prevent Biden from taking office, such as pressuring Pence to “send votes to states or voters to states,” Hutchinson said. Perry also “repeatedly” texted Meadows about replacing Justice Department leadership in the days leading up to Jan. 6 with people who may further support Trump’s claims of voter fraud without evidence, according to the filing.

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