Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff to Donald Trump, has been at the center of hundreds of incoming messages about ways to aid Trump in his efforts to reverse the 2020 election results, according to texts he submitted to the select committee of the United States on January 6. handed over to the House. published in a new book.
The texts contain previously unreported messages, including a group chat with cabinet officials from the Trump administration and plans to object to Joe Biden’s January 6 election certification by Republican members of Congress and a former U.S. attorney, as well as other Trump officials. allies.
The book, The Breach, was obtained by the Guardian ahead of its scheduled release on Tuesday. Written by former Republican congressman and senior research adviser Denver Riggleman, the work has already become controversial after it was condemned by the panel as “unauthorized.”
While most of the texts to and from Meadows that Riggleman includes have been public for months, the book offers new insight and fills in some gaps about how all three government departments were seemingly involved in devising ways to hinder congressional certification on Jan. 6.
Less than an hour after Biden’s election was called, Rick Perry, Trump’s former energy secretary, texted a group chat with Meadows; the housing secretary, Ben Carson; and Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, that Trump should contest the call.
“POTUS line should be: Biden says hes [sic] president. America will see what big data says,” Perry wrote. “This forms the basis for what we are going to prove.” While Carson was more cautious, Perdue seemed unconcerned about seeing concrete evidence of election fraud. “No stopping!” He wrote.
The former president’s last White House chief of staff also considered a text from Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, who forwarded a note from then-US Attorney for North Dakota, Drew Wrigley, offering his own advice to reverse the results. because “Trump’s legal team is making a joke of this whole thing”.
“Request a statewide recount of absentee/mail-in ballots in accordance with pre-existing state law regarding signature comparisons,” Wrigley wrote. “If state officials refuse that recount, the legislature would act according to the constitution and select the list of voters.”
Wrigley’s suggestion echoed what Trump’s legal team would eventually pursue by sending fake voters to Congress on Jan. 6 to have then-Vice President Mike Pence refuse to certify Biden’s victory — a plan now part of a criminal investigation by US attorney in Washington DC.
Wrigley’s text is significant, as justice is supposed to be above political struggle. Wrigley’s note appears to highlight a case of a federal prosecutor approving a legally dubious plan when there was no fraud sufficient to alter the outcome of the 2020 election.
A spokesman for justice was not immediately available for comment. Wrigley, now the state attorney general of North Dakota, was also not immediately available for comment.
Texts to Meadows also show that Republican lawmakers began rounding up objections to the certification of the 2020 election just hours after Trump tweeted about a “major protest” that the House Committee on Jan. 6 said it was mobilizing far-right groups to prepare to storm the government. Capitol.
The former president sent the pivotal tweet in the early hours of December 19, 2020. The panel previously described it as the catalyst that prompted the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups, as well as “Stop the Steal” activists, to hinder certification. .
But the tweet also coincided with efforts by Republican lawmakers to finalize objections to congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, new lyrics sent to Meadows from some of Trump’s most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill.
Hours after Trump sent his tweet, Republican Congresswoman Jody Hice sent a message to Meadows, according to the texts in the book, saying he would “lead his state’s objection on Jan. 6” — days before Trump is known to be dead. met with Republicans in the White House to discuss it.
The congressman also told Meadows that Trump “spoke” to Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Republican elected to a Georgia house seat but yet to be sworn in, and was interested in meeting the ultra-conservative House Freedom Mediator.
Hice’s messages to Meadows came at a critical time: It was the Saturday after a controversial Friday meeting at the White House, where Trump amused himself by confiscating voting machines and installing a conspiracy theorist attorney, Sidney Powell, as a special counsel to investigate electoral fraud.
The meeting to object to Biden’s January 6 victory was originally scheduled for the following Monday, December 21, 2020, but was moved to the following Tuesday, according to the book, citing additional messages from Republican Congressman Brian Babin.
Nine days after meeting Trump, Republican members of Congress appeared to be finalizing their objection plans, and Babin texted Meadows to say the “objections” would hold an additional strategy session at the Conservative Partnership Institute, which was hosting for other 6 January. attempts.
The timing of the new texts to Meadows raised the prospect that Trump’s tweet advanced several plans that worked together, with Republican objections over alleged fraud giving Pence a pretext to throw out Biden votes because rioters blocked proceedings.