The January 6th Committee’s first public hearing included live and recorded testimony. Much of this was centered on demonstrating two facts: that Donald Trump was involved in an attempt to overturn an election he knew he had lost, and that the attack on the Capitol was not spontaneous.
Along the way, the Committee released evidence connected to Mark Meadows, Trump’s Chief of Staff, who seems to have played middle man, being the primary contact for many of those trying to reach Trump to plan events, and later to beg him to call off the attackers.
They released part of a deposition from Alex Cannon, who served as an attorney for the Trump Campaign. Alex testifies that in a conversation that he believes took place in November, Meadows asked him about evidence that was surfacing for election fraud. Cannon responded by telling Meadows that there was none to be found, and Meadows acknowledged this.
"I remember sharing with him that we weren’t finding anything that would be sufficient to um change the results in any of the key states."
– Alex Cannon, one of President Trump’s campaign lawyers pic.twitter.com/sTeFvi85Iw
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 10, 2022
“I remember a call with Mr. Meadows, where Mr. Meadows was asking me what I was finding and if I was finding anything. I remember sharing with him that we weren’t finding anything that would be sufficient to change the results in any of the key staets…Probably in November, mid to late November…I believe that the words he used were ‘So there’s no there there.'”
Despite this, Meadows continued to publicly promote Trump’s false claims that the election had been ‘stolen.’
In late Noveber, he tweeted out further statements falsely suggesting there was evidence of election fraud in some of these key states.
BIG news in Nevada: a Judge has allowed NV Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing. Americans will now hear evidence from those who saw firsthand what happened—a critical step for transparency and remedying illegal ballots. Stay tuned.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) November 25, 2020
MORE BIG NEWS out of Georgia: the 11th Cir. just granted an emergency motion for expedited review on a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s election certification. We’ll know more next week starting December 1st. Stay tuned.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) November 26, 2020
Just days before the attacks, he boasted that House and Senate Republicans were willing to also endorse these false claims — claims that he himself had acknowledges as “no there, there” over a month before — by objecting to certification of the election.
We’re now at well over 100 House members and a dozen Senators ready to stand up for election integrity and object to certification.
It’s time to fight back.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) January 3, 2021
The public hearings continue on Monday morning.
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