Many of those involved have admitted

Yesterday at the hearing:

Prior to a unanimous vote to refer Mark Meadows for contempt of Congress charges, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the ranking Republican on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, read a series of text messages she said Meadows received during the Capitol attack.

In the messages, several figures, including Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, urge Meadows to get then-President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.

Cheney said Meadows, who was Trump’s White House chief of staff during the siege, turned over the materials before he stopped cooperating with the panel.

Cheney says Meadows is refusing to testify about text messages “that he admits are not privileged.”

On January 6th, our Capitol building was attacked and invaded. The mob was summoned to Washington by President Trump. And, as many of those involved have admitted – on videotape, in social media, and in Federal District Court – they were provoked to violence by President Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen. On January 6th, our Capitol building was attacked and invaded.

The violence was evident to all – it was covered in real time by almost every news channel. But, for 187 minutes, President Trump refused to act when action by our President was required, indeed essential, and compelled by his oath to our Constitution. Mr. Meadows received numerous text messages, which he has produced without any privilege claim – imploring that Mr. Trump take the specific action we all knew his duty required.

Emphasis mine. It’s clearly wrong and bad and illegal on its face but in addition to that he swore an oath to prevent it. That will mean precisely nothing to him, but that’s because he’s a psychopath, not because the oath is meaningless.

These texts leave no doubt: the White House knew exactly what was happening at the Capitol. Republican members of Congress and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway:

-“Hey, Mark, protestors are literally storming the Capitol. Breaking windows on doors. Rushing in. Is Trump going to say something?”

-“We are under siege up here at the Capitol.”

-“They have breached the Capitol.”

-“There’s an armed standoff at the House Chamber door.”

-“We are all helpless.”

Dozens of texts, including from Trump administration officials, urged immediate action by the President:

-“POTUS has to come out firmly and tell protestors to dissipate. Someone is going to get killed”

-“Mark, he needs to stop this. Now”


-“POTUS needs to calm this shit down.”

Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the President needed to act immediately. They texted Meadows that:

-“Hey Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home…this is hurting all of us…he is destroying his legacy.” Laura Ingraham wrote.

-“Please get him on tv. Destroying everything you have accomplished.” Brian Kilmeade wrote.

-“Can he make a statement?…Ask people to leave the Capitol.” Sean Hannity urged.

As the violence continued, one of the President’s sons texted Meadows:

“He’s got to condemn this s*** Asap. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.” Donald Trump, Jr. texted.

Meadows responded: “I’m pushing it hard. I agree.”

But that was then. Now Meadows refuses to cooperate.

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