Fox NewsRepublican legislators and hosts Donald Trump’s oldest son all texted the former president’s chief of staff, Mark MeadowsAccording to text messages, people pleaded with the president to stop the devastation in Congress that was taking place as the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol began.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a co-chair of the House panel, read aloud a series of text messages between some of Trump’s most vocal supporters and Meadows during a unanimous, 9-0, voteWe recommend that former Trump aide is held in contempt by Congress for refusing to testify before legislators.
“Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol?” Fox News’ Sean HannityMeadows was contacted during the riot to request action by Trump.
“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham texted.
“Please get him on TV,” the network’s Brian Kilmeade wrote. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.”
Cheney said there were “dozens” of texts encouraging Meadows to intervene to encourage “immediate action by the president.” The Wyoming congresswoman, one of two Republicans on the select committee, said Donald Trump Jr.Meadows was frequently texted during the Capitol Riot.
“He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr., texted.
“I’m pushing it hard,” Meadows replied. “I agree.”
“We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. said. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”
Trump, however, did not respond to the pleas, an absence of action that Cheney called his “supreme dereliction of duty.”
As part of the select committee’s investigation, Meadows has turned over about 6,600 pages of recordsThe Associated Press reports that the information was taken from Meadows’ personal email account and approximately 2,000 texts messages. In one of those emails, Meadows said the National Guard would be available to “protect pro-Trump people” during the initial Jan. 6 gathering protesting the results of the 2020 presidential election.
According to the panel, it wants to know moreMeadows, however, has refused to give evidence about the plans. He is the latest member of Trump’s inner circle who the panel has recommended be held in contempt of Congress. The list includes Trump’s former confidant and White House strategist Steve Bannon.