New analysis sheds light on the collapse of the Jan. 6 'coverup'
Quite a bit has happened over the last several weeks as the House Select Committee continues its efforts to investigate the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
While there have been multiple setbacks due to individuals like former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refusing to cooperate, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) recently explained how there may be an impending collapse regarding efforts to cover up all that transpired amid the U.S. Capitol riots. The Bulwark's Charlie Sykes recently highlighted key details that may suggest a shift in the investigation.
On Thursday, December 9, Cheney took to Twitter with a full thread update detailing the progress lawmakers have made with the investigation.
Thread for those interested in the @January6thCmte's progress: The Committee has already met with nearly 300 witnesses; we hear from four more key figures in the investigation today. We are conducting multiple depositions and interviews every week. (1/4)— Rep. Liz Cheney (@Rep. Liz Cheney) 1639073103
"We have received exceptionally interesting and important documents from a number of witnesses, including Mark Meadows. He has turned over many texts from his private cell phone from January 6th.
"We have litigated and won Trump’s executive privilege case in Federal District Court. The Federal Appellate Court has expedited the appeal, and we anticipate a ruling regarding many more Trump White House documents soon. [As indeed happened moments later.]
"The investigation is firing on all cylinders.
"Do not be misled: President Trump is trying to hide what happened on January 6th and to delay and obstruct. We will not let that happen. The truth will come out."
New details about Meadows' actions during the Capitol riots have also been reported by CNN. According to an inside source, Meadows provided the House Select Committee with records of his text messages and emails that suggest he was "exchanging with a wide range of individuals while the attack was underway,"
The inside source also noted that although Meadows is now refusing to communicate with investigators, the records he provided “offer a window into what people were texting to Meadows on January 6, what he was telling them about Trump in real time, and what the former President was doing for those hours while the Capitol was under attack and rioters were chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence."
Other sources have also explained how critical Meadows' text messages may be to the investigation.
"In a letter sent to Meadows' attorney on Wednesday, the committee hinted at the content of the texts it has received from Trump's former chief of staff. The letter noted Meadows provided the committee with "text messages about the need for the former President to issue a public statement that could have stopped the January 6th attack on the Capitol."
The source familiar with the communications tells CNN the texts may not reflect well on the former president.
The investigation into the U.S. Capitol insurrection will likely be ongoing.
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