Mark Meadows, who served as Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff in the White House, is still avoiding testifying before the January 6th Committee. However, at least two witnesses have told the Committee that Meadows agreed that Trump had lost the election, and said that he should concede, before the efforts to overturn the election culminated on January 6th.
Pat Cipollone, White House Counsel, testified, as the January 6th Committee shared in clips during Tuesday’s live hearing, that he believed that Donald Trump had lost the election, had brought no sufficient evidence of fraud to alter the outcome of the election, and that he believed there was a point at which Trump should have conceded the election.
Barr told the January 6 committee that Trump should have acknowledged the election was over in mid-December. Cipollone testified that Mark Meadows shared those sentiments. pic.twitter.com/7wlatHJuFO
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In the above testimony, Cipollone adds to that, addressing Mark Meadows’ position on the issue. He says that Meadows assured him, and Attorney General Bill Barr, that Trump would be ready, at some point, to concede that he had lost the election, and allow a transfer of power.
“Again, without getting into that meeting, I would say that [assurances that Trump would agree to a graceful exit] is a statement and a sentiment that I heard from Mark Meadows…it wasn’t a one-time statement.”
Meadows is one of many individuals who was central to the activities leading up to the end of Trump’s term, a part of meetings and something of a communication hub, who many individuals contacted directly in order to reach the then-president, both with suggestions in advance of January 6th, and with calls for a stop to the violence during that day’s attack.
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