The day after the New York Times reported that Don Jr. and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro communicated privately through text messages, a grand jury indicted her on Wednesday for perjury charges related to claims she made in court against him
Meadows was referred to the Justice Department on a criminal contempt of Congress charge, and the committee published the stunning new allegations Monday night as it gathered to move the referral.
The vivid communications showed the former President’s inner circle’s displeasure as the Capitol brawl intensified, and they acted as proof of Trump’s “supreme failure of duty,” according to the committee’s vice chairwoman, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Cheney made the motion for the committee to vote on the contempt resolution, which the 9-member committee unanimously approved. The proposal will be voted on by the whole House on Tuesday.
Those messages, as numerous committee members pointed out, have previously been given up to the panel and are not protected by any claim of privilege, which Meadows has maintained since reversing his decision to participate with the probe.
Meadows did not mention the text texts when he spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity later Monday about the committee’s decision.
Meadows remarked, “Obviously, it’s frustrating, but not unexpected.”
Meadows’ communications with legislators and Trump’s son are released by the committee.
The committee made public visuals of messages exchanged to Meadows over the days leading up to the insurgency at Monday night’s hearing.
Meadows’ messages with politicians, Fox News personalities, and Trump’s oldest son on the need for the previous president to intervene to end the siege were cited by the committee.
Former Vice President Mike Pence “should call out any electoral votes that he feels are illegitimate as no electoral votes at all,” according to texts provided to Meadows by anonymous legislators.
Other communications detailing the events as they occurred, according to Cheney, were sent in real time.
“These SMS messages are unequivocal. The White House was fully aware of the situation at the Capitol “Cheney said the following. “One text Mr. Meadows received said, ‘We are under attack here at the Capitol,’” according to the report.
“In a third, ‘Mark,’ demonstrators are attacking the Capitol, smashing windows and surging in. Is Trump going to make a statement?’ ‘There’s an armed standoff at the House chamber entrance,’ says the fourth. ‘We are all powerless,’ says someone from within the Capitol.”
Cheney also reviewed text messages from Fox News personalities and Trump’s children.
“‘He’s got to denounce this ASAP,’ one of the President’s sons texted Mr. Meadows as the violence escalated. ‘The tweet from the Capitol Police isn’t enough,’ Donald Trump Jr. texted. ‘I’m pushing it hard,’ Meadows answered. ‘I concur.’”
Cheney went on to say: “Donald Trump Jr. texted repeatedly, pleading with the President to take action. ‘We need an Oval Office address,’ says one source. Now he must take command. It’s gotten out of hand. And it’s gone out of hand,’ says the author. However, hours passed without the President taking the required steps “Cheney said the following.
Meadows got a text from a friend who described January 6 as a “awful day” when the Electoral College certification took place in the early hours of January 7.
“Yesterday was a very bad day. In our objections to the six states, we did all we could “the text said “I apologize, but nothing worked.”
‘Key witnesses’ are expected to testify.
Meadows, as well as a handful of other Trump allies who continue to defy the panel, were painted as outliers by Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, who used the opportunity on Monday to highlight the committee’s progress and paint Meadows, as well as a handful of other Trump allies who continue to defy the panel, as outliers.
“Approximately a dozen significant witnesses are expected to testify on the record in our probe this week. As we continue to collect information regarding the violence of January 6th and its causes, we’ll hear from many more people informally “Thompson remarked. “In terms of witnesses who have provided us with information, it should put us well north of the 300 threshold. There are over 30,000 entries in our database, as well as approximately 250 meaningful tips on our tip line.”
Meadows was notified last week that the committee had “no option” but to pursue criminal contempt proceedings against him since he had opted to stop cooperating with the probe.
“Mr. Meadows began by doing what was expected of him: participating. He turned over data that he did not attempt to hide under any pretext “On Monday, Thompson said.
“But, in a case like ours, that’s only the beginning. You must come in and answer those questions if the records raise any issues, which they very surely do. When it came time for him to obey the law and come in and testify on those topics, he changed his mind and instructed us to pound sand instead. He didn’t even bother to show up.”
The report of the committee has been issued. Sunday
Meadows’ activities before and on January 6, as well as his involvement in seeking to reverse the 2020 election, were detailed in the committee’s contempt report, which was issued on Sunday.
Meadows claimed in an email to a person on January 6 that “the National Guard will be there to ‘defend pro Trump folks’ and that many more would be available on standby,” according to the committee.
Meadows also “exchanged text messages with, and gave counsel to, an organizer of the January 6th event on the Ellipse after the organizer warned him that ‘[t]hings have become insane and I really need some direction,’” according to the committee’s findings.
The fresh records were released as Meadows’ participation was re-examined after his decision last week to stop participating with the committee.
Meadows and specific event organizers have been sought by the committee in the past, and the panel is still looking for any sort of collaboration with the Trump White House. Meadows was also intimately engaged in attempts to reverse Trump’s election results in crucial swing states, according to the report, and helped propagate bogus accusations about voting fraud.
Meadows’ lawyer had requested the panel to rethink its intentions before Monday’s decision.
Meadows’ lawyer, George Terwilliger III, wrote to the committee that the “contemplated referral” would be “contrary to law” since his client is a senior officer who invoked “good-faith executive privilege and testimonial immunity.”
“A referral of a top presidential adviser would likewise be undesirable,” Terwilliger concluded, “since it would do enormous harm to the Presidency’s institution, as restraint in the use of the Act over time attests.”
Meadows’ refusal to take a deposition, according to Terwilliger, is an effort to fulfill his “legal duties” as a former Trump advisor. Terwilliger remarked, “History and the law show that this endeavor is not a crime.”
Terwilliger also advised that the committee wait for the civil complaint Meadows brought against the panel to be resolved before proceeding to contempt, since a decision in that case would clarify the disputed issues of privilege.
On Monday, the article and headline were changed to reflect new information.
Kristin Wilson of CNN contributed to this story.