Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows had been advised of intelligence reports indicating the potential for violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to new evidence released Friday night connected to the House committee’s investigation into the riot.
Cassidy Hutchinson was a White House special assistant during Trump’s presidency. She told Meadows that “there were concerns raised” before a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol. According to newly released transcripts, the transcripts are now available.
Hutchinson stated that it was not clear what Meadows did with his intelligence.
” I just recall Mr. Ornato saying that intel reports had indicated that violence could occur on the 6th,” Hutchinson stated, apparently in reference to Anthony Ornato who is a top Secret Service officer. “And Mr. Meadows replied: ‘All right. Let’s discuss it .'”
Hutchinson’s testimony was submitted to by lawmakers to federal court in Washington DC in an effort to legally compel Meadows to meet with the panel after he sued them in an attempt to prevent speaking on the record.
The select committee said Friday that Meadows initially turned over 2,319 text messages, but withheld more than 1,000 others on grounds of executive privilege, which was waived by President Biden.
Friday’s filing also includes a number of new texts that Meadow submitted to the committee, including some from House Republicans pushing him to act.
Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio suggested in a late document on Jan. 5, that Vice President Mike Pence should “call out all electoral votes that are considered unconstitutional, as there is no election votes .”
Meadows replied to Jordan via SMS the following morning. “I’ve pressed for it.
Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry was texting Meadows as early as Dec. 26: “Mark, just checking in as time continues to count down. 11 days to 1/6 and 25 days to inauguration. We gotta get going!”
Hutchinson, according to the testimony released Friday, also described several calls involving Meadows and members of the House Freedom Caucus in late November and early December.
Participants discussed the role of Pence on January 6, in addition to the role that he had to perform as a ceremonial agent for certifying election results.
With AP wires