Meadows Accuses Jan. 6 Committee of ‘Weaponizing’ Texts From That Day to Attack Trump

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President Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows is accusing the House Jan. 6 committee of intentionally leaking messages from that day and twisting the narrative to claim Trump did nothing to stop the Capitol riot. Leaked messages Meadows received from Fox News opinion hosts reveal multiple were pressuring him to ask Trump to immediately condemn the rioters, saying they were destroying his legacy.

The Hill reports:

“They’ve got reports of text messages they say that you gave them that show Fox hosts saying, ‘Hey, you gotta get this under control, Trump needs to say something. Don Jr. saying something,’ ” a host on conservative news network Newsmax said to Meadows on Monday night after the select congressional committee investigating the Capitol riot revealed the texts.

“What’s your response to all this tonight?”

“We’ve tried very hard, in a very transparent and accommodating way, to share nonprivileged information,” Meadows said. “And what we found out tonight is that not only did that just get disregarded, but then they tried to weaponize text messages, selectively leaked them, to put out a narrative, quite frankly, that the president didn’t act.”

The committee leaked a number of texts Meadows received from hosts like Brian Kilmeade, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham on Monday that showed them begging him to get in touch with Trump to try and stop the Capitol rioters.

“Mark, president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy,” Ingraham texted Meadows, according to phone records obtained by the committee.

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