Rep. Cheney: Non-Privileged Texts Further Evidence of Trump’s Supreme Dereliction of Duty During The Capitol Riots
[guest post by Dana]
The Democratic-led House select committee investigating the Capitol attack has voted to hold Mark Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress, sending to the full House a referral for the former Trump White House chief of staff to face a criminal charge.
The Monday night vote was months in the making. Meadows had initially cooperated with the panel and turned over thousands of emails and text messages, but he reversed course last week, saying a day before he was due to appear for a deposition that he would no longer be cooperating with the probe.
Ahead of the vote, the panel’s ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, read a litany of text messages she said Meadows received during the Jan. 6 siege, urging him to get then-President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.
We now know with certainty that the White House knew what was happening outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. It was so bad that even Donald Trump Jr. repeatedly begged Meadows to get his father to make a statement from the Oval Office to stop the violence and tell his supporters to go home. Despite his son, Republican leaders, and even Fox News personalities pleading with Meadows to get the president to act during the harrowing 187 minutes as the Capitol was attacked, Trump refused.
Here is Cheney making her statement:
Full @RepLizCheney statement on holding Mark Meadows in contempt, including texts from Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and others:
"These text messages leave no doubt…multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately. They texted Mr. Meadows." pic.twitter.com/KxrVMS4CTZ
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 14, 2021
Unfortunately, Trumpers will not be swayed in the least by the revealed text messages nor impacted by then-President Trump’s decision to not immediately address the mob from the Oval Office and send them home. Instead of looking at the texts with any objectivity, or grasping how Trump not only encouraged the mob to go to the Capitol and then refused to make an effort to stop them, they will attack Cheney because she continues to dishonor their hero. To them, she represents all the evils of the pre-Trump Republican Party. They see her as the enemy, despite her solid conservative voting record and unwavering protection of the Constitution. Think about that: Republicans today hate a true conservative who has the voting record to back up her claims all because she is willing to risk even losing her political career to hold accountable a corrupt president who betrayed his country. Once upon a time, she would have been the ideal Republican.
This sums up the absolutely damning views held by any number of Republican lawmakers about the events of Jan. 6:
A GOP lawmaker texted Meadows on Jan. 7. The lawmaker wrote: “Yesterday was a terrible day. We tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states. I’m sorry nothing worked,” per Jan. 6 committee. They don’t say who it was
It’s nothing less than stunning and dangerous that this individual is a sitting member of Congress. Yet certainly they are not alone in their misguided disappointment and regret. Given that, it is far past time for those still sane members who have kept their heads down and mouths shut for fear of retribution from their Trump-loyal colleagues to speak up with unrelenting force and push back against this rot coming from within their own party. Sadly, and in yet one more example of how deep the rot goes, when you consider which lawmaker may have made the above comment, it’s far more than just one name that comes to mind.