Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee has begun litigation against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, claiming he is in contempt of the subpoenas served on him. Despite that dispute, Meadows has already voluntarily handed over thousands of pages of documents to the committee, including some of his text messages.
Meadows received and sent several text messages on January 6 to numerous people. A few of those messages asked Meadows to have President Trump speak out about the situation at the Capitol building to restore peace.
One group of those messages came from Donald Trump Jr., and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) proudly waved the message around as if she had some fantastic “smoking gun” to reveal to the world. In reality, Cheney only demolished the committee’s fevered claims of a grand conspiracy to “commit insurrection.”
Cheney is one of two Trump-hating Republicans to land on Pelosi’s committee after the Speaker rejected several Republican representatives proposed by Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). After McCarthy withdrew all of his recommendations. As a result, Pelosi picked Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as the two House Republicans she could count on to promote an aggressive anti-Trump agenda.
The text exchange Cheney read out in the committee’s Monday session had Trump Jr. telling Meadows, “He’s got to condemn this s**t ASAP.” Meadows responded by saying he agreed and was “pushing it hard.” Trump Jr. went on to say that the situation had “gotten out of hand” and that President Trump should make an address from the Oval Office.
It was also revealed that Fox News broadcasters Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Brian Kilmeade also all texted Meadows separately to recommend that President Trump take steps to calm the situation during the day on January 6.
Cheney’s feeble attempt to use Meadow’s text messages as evidence of wrongdoing flies in the face of logic and common sense. She and the committee expect Americans to believe that Trump was masterminding some conspiracy to overthrow the government but did not include his oldest son in the plan. It further implies that his chief of staff was also in the dark.
All of the evidence related to January 6 shows that President Trump was as taken by surprise by the riot at the Capitol as anyone else. Trump denounced the violence and ultimately left the White House on time and without disturbances.
Every passing day further establishes the real purpose behind the January 6 Committee. Pelosi is using the panel not to investigate any potential criminal acts but in an attempt to create political damage and harass Republicans in advance of next year’s midterm elections.