Mark Meadows Discussed a 'Direct and Collateral Attack' Plan to Overturn Election Results, Committee Says - 2021-12-08
Mark Meadows so wrote in a Nov. 6, 2020, text message to a member of Congress who proposed a "highly controversial" plan overturn the election results by appointing alternate electors in certain states. The exchange was obtained by the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, and described in a letter informing the former chief of staff that the committee has "no choice" but to move forward with referring him for criminal contempt prosecution resulting from his refusal to testify.
The letter includes details about some of the thousands of pages of documents Meadows had already provided to the committee before reversing his decision to cooperate, including the text in which he said he loved the plan to keep Trump in office. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote that the committee has an email from the next day, Nov. 7, that discussed appointing alternate electors as part of a "direct and collateral attack" after the election. He also writes that Meadows handed over another email from Jan. 5 that contained a 38-page PowerPoint briefing called "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN" that was to go to people "on the hill." A separate email from that same day, Thompson wrote in the letter, discussed having the National Guard on standby.
"All of those documents raise issues about which the Select Committee would like to question Mr. Meadows and about which you appear to agree are not subject to a claim of privilege," Thompson wrote, adding that Meadows has also withheld "several hundred additional documents" from his personal email and more than 1,000 text messages based on privilege claims.