Mark Meadows Doubles Election Fraud Allegations Debunked, Whitewashes Jan.6 Riot in New Book – .

Mark Meadows Doubles Election Fraud Allegations Debunked, Whitewashes Jan.6 Riot in New Book – .

Meadows relieves Trump of responsibility for the attack, giving only superficial details and echoing unfounded claims about the events of the day.

Throughout the memoir, Meadows describes work-related conversations with Trump since his time in the White House, including private talks about the election, efforts to find voter fraud, and Trump’s speech at the Ellipse near the White House on January 6.

Meadows had previously told the House special committee investigating the attack that conversations like these were protected by executive privilege – but these new disclosures in his new briefs could undermine his claims of privilege, the Democratic representative said. the Adam Schiff Room.

“He is clearly waiving any claims that he must keep his communications with the former president or what happened in the White House confidential,” Schiff, a California Democrat who sits on the House select committee, said Thursday. , to CNN’s Don Lemon. “After all, if he can say it in a book, why can’t he say it in front of Congress in an inquiry?”
Meadows is working with the committee on some aspects of his subpoena, but the privilege issues remain unresolved. His lawyer did not respond to questions on Friday whether Trump had waived privilege for those parts of the book.

The book touches on other key topics of the last year of Trump’s presidency, ranging from Trump’s battles with the Pentagon leadership, the early confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and the contested timeline for the positive test. of Trump for Covid-19 shortly before debating Joe Biden in fall 2020.

To absolve Trump from January 6

The penultimate chapter of the book contains Meadows’ take on January 6.

“The idea of ​​reuniting on Jan.6 was organic,” Meadows wrote, although he did not discuss Trump campaign officials, donors, informal advisers and family members deeply involved in the campaign. planning.

“(Trump) didn’t call for violence and he didn’t expect anyone to walk into Capitol Hill,” Meadows says, although Trump explicitly encouraged his supporters to walk to Capitol Hill and “Fight like hell” against lawmakers who refused to overthrow Biden’s Election Victory.

Meadows only revealed one conversation with Trump from Jan. 6, claiming that Trump improvised when he said ‘we’re going down’ to Capitol Hill, ‘and I’ll be there with you’.

“When he walked off the stage, President Trump let me know he had spoken metaphorically about the march to Capitol Hill,” Meadows wrote. “He knew as well as anyone that we couldn’t organize such a trip on such short notice. It was clear the whole time that he had no intention of walking down Pennsylvania Avenue with the crowds. ”

The book rightly notes that only a fraction of rally enthusiasts found themselves inside the Capitol, and some people were already wreaking havoc on Capitol Hill before Trump finished speaking.

But Meadows’ account that crowds of supporters did not take Trump’s comments seriously was contradicted by many rioters themselves. According to court documents, many rioters later said in interviews with the FBI that they did not intend to go to the Capitol but were inspired by Trump’s speech and that they expected him to be there too.

He called the insurgency “shameful” and “regrettable” but said the violence was orchestrated by “a small group of people” and “a handful of fanatics”. Officials said about 2,000 people raped the Capitol that day and more than 680 people were charged with federal crimes. There have been hundreds of assaults on police, injuring 140 people.

From the first pages of the memoir, Meadows embraces and promotes the lie that Trump won the election.

At one point, Meadows falsely claims that almost everyone who voted for Trump in the last year believes the election was rigged. Referring to the “forgotten men and women Trump served so well,” Meadows said, “There are over 70 million of these people, all of whom believe they have been swindled during President Trump’s four more years.”

A wide range of cybersecurity officials, federal judges and election officials from both sides, as well as post-election audits and recounts confirmed that the 2020 election was not tainted. Trump lost the Electoral College vote and lagged behind Biden in the popular vote of more than 7 million ballots. Trump finished with around 74 million votes, compared to Biden’s 81 million.

Meadows describes private conversations with Trump where he and other officials attempted to explain to the former president how he lost the election. Members of the select committee said Trump’s efforts to overturn the election are a key part of their investigation, and the disclosures could help the committee as it tries to unveil details to Trump’s aides.

In other sections of the book, Meadows describes Team Trump’s conspiracy theories on election results. He claimed it was their duty to investigate the allegations as they firmly believe Trump won by a wide margin, based on rally attendance and Twitter traffic. He recounts a conversation with Trump where they were trying to explain how he lost the election.

“I didn’t know what to say to him, standing in front of the Resolute Desk with some of the best advisers in the campaign, when we, he asked me what got us so far into states we were sure of – like certain that. we could win, ”Meadows wrote.

Le test Covid de Trump

Meadows details that other members of Trump’s inner circle, besides himself, were told he tested positive for Covid-19 three days before attending the first presidential debate in Cleveland.

Meadows writes that as soon as Trump’s doctor, Dr Sean Conley, called him to inform him that President Trump tested positive on September 26, he called White House social media director Dan Scavino, who was on board the Marine One helicopter at the time.

“To my shock, Dan answered the phone and he could hear every other word I was saying to him,” Meadows wrote in a copy of the book obtained by CNN.

“What he heard was probably something like, ‘Dan… President… positive… Covid… keep… six feet… don’t let anyone near -.’ ”

Meadows does not comment on whether Trump was retested before hosting White House events in the days that followed, or before arriving in the Cleveland Debating Room later in the week.

“We’ll probably never know if President Trump was positive that night,” he wrote.

Trump said in a statement Wednesday, “The story of me having COVID before or during the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID before the debate. “

Several senior Trump officials quickly tested positive for Covid-19, including Stephen Miller and Kayleigh McEnany. Meadows claims to have been informed of his positive result. Others who were constantly around the president, including Hope Hicks, also tested positive soon after.

In his book, however, Meadows even refused to consider that Trump could have transmitted the virus to his aides.

“Who, for example, had infected Hope (Hicks), and where was that person now?” ” he writes. “Even in the only pre-debate sessions – where Hope, Chris Christie and Jared Kushner had all approached him a few feet away – would have been enough to infect him. ”

This story was updated with additional details on Friday.


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