The promise that Donald Trump foisted upon Republican members of Congress for that fateful day, January 6, appeared like an invisible shield around them. But much like the emperor who wore no clothes, that shield was only a flimsy, empty Trump promise.
On January 5 just prior to the failed coup, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent a memo that the National Guard was poised ready to protect Trump and his people. That information came via email. That is one reason that the Committee was so eager to have Meadows testify before them.
The January 6 Select Committee received massive mounts of information in its requests for documents surrounding the event. The POLITICO reported that Meadows had told the National Guard, and it was advised to stand ready. The Guard had come to the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. three hours following the calls from Capitol Police for assistance.
He The Committee did not know the recipient (s) of that particular email. It was included within a 51-page Meadows document, according to The Houses Select Committee Repository.
Meadows’ was assured the National Guard would be there to protect him and some of the others, and they were there — a full three hours after the first calls for help came. The Committee did not releasing the recipients’ names in his email. The 51-page report made public was a parcel in their contempt charge by Congress against the former Chief of Staff.
Earlier Meadows was agreeable to working with the Committee investigation, but after his book came out and Trump unexpectedly trashed it, he realized he had to do something outstanding to make up for it, and it had to be big. That was when he decided to testify before the committee, but take the Fifth Amendment.
After all, he had already released over “9,000 documents and records,” according to The National Beast:
‘Citing concerns about executive privilege, he suddenly rescinded that cooperation last Tuesday. The House panel threatened him with the contempt charge if he failed to appear for a scheduled deposition that week. Meadows’ continued “willful failure to comply with a subpoena,” as Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) put it, has left the select committee slated to vote on Monday on whether to recommend a contempt charge against Meadows to the full House.’
The Select Committee Repository. released by the House committee laying out its case for contempt of Congress charged against him:
‘[Meadows] suddenly rescinded that cooperation last Tuesday. The House panel threatened him with the contempt charge if he failed to appear for a scheduled deposition that week. Meadows’ continued “willful failure to comply with a subpoena.’
The January 6 Select Committee has been chaired by Bennie Thompson (D-MS) since it began last summer. And he said that his committee intended to present Meadows’ activity to the full house for a vote on whether to refer the case to the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing contempt charges. That vote date was set for Monday, May 13.
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