Mark Meadows said the National Guard would be 'on standby' to 'protect pro-Trump people' on Jan. 6: report

Mark Meadows said the National Guard would be 'on standby' to 'protect pro-Trump people' on Jan. 6: report
Mark Meadows in February 2020, Wikimedia Commons

With former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refusing to cooperate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6 insurrection, the committee is now recommending that the Trump loyalist be held in contempt of Congress. Meadows, however, did share some documents with the committee before he stopped cooperating, and one of them — released on Sunday, December 12 — shows a promise that the National Guard, on January 6, would be on standby to “protect pro-Trump people.”

Business Insider’s Kelsey Vlamis reports that according to the document, “Mr. Meadows sent an e-mail to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby.”

Meadows sent that e-mail on January 5, the day before then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally and the subsequent storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by a violent mob of Trump supporters.

“The context of the January 5 e-mail is unclear, and no additional details about it have been given,” Vlamis explains. “But the National Guard has come under scrutiny for its slow response to the attack on the Capitol and the conflicting timelines that have been given.”

Vlamis adds, “The committee's document also describes other exchanges Meadows had leading up to and on January 6, as well as questions the committee would have asked him if he had sat down for a deposition. In addition to asking about the National Guard e-mail, the committee said it would have asked about exchanges in which Meadows reached out to members of Congress asking them to help President Donald Trump get in touch with state lawmakers.”

Liberal Washington Post opinion column, in response this new reporting on Meadows, January 6 and the National Guard, tweeted:

Back on September 8, Sargent tweeted:


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