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“Plan for coup” unveiled in internal panel report on Mark Meadows, columnist says

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“Plan for coup” unveiled in internal panel report on Mark Meadows, columnist says

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Report released last week on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows by the Special House Committee investigating the January 6 riot on the Capitol reads like a ‘plan for a coup’ , wrote Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent.

And this is not just for the attempt at the start of the year, but “also for a future,” he wrote on Monday.

Supported by the 51-page report, the House select committee voted on Monday in favor of a resolution recommending that criminal charges be brought against Meadows for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena to appear before the panel to answer questions about the Capitol riot.

The report gives a chilling glimpse of a plot to “prevent a legitimately elected government from taking power”, first by “corrupt pressure” on government actors and “then by mob violence,” said Sargent.

It was then that then-President Donald Trump watched the violence unfold on live television in the White House and yet reportedly ignored “frantic calls for him to intervene” for the stop, said Sargent. Trump even seemed to “enjoy” the violence, a presidential adviser told the Post.

Minority parliamentary leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Said he begged Trump over the phone that day to intercede to stop the violence on Capitol Hill, but Trump berated him: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.

Details in documents given to the committee by Meadows before he decided to stop cooperating uncovered a plot to overturn the election results, including a galvanizing “PowerPoint coup” plan concocted by a group of Trump allies in a “war room” in a downtown Washington hotel and presented to lawmakers.

The PowerPoint plan involved then President Trump declaring a national security emergency to delay certification of the Electoral College vote count for 2020, then manipulating the votes to keep it in the White House.

Although Meadows’ attorney said he had done nothing about the PowerPoint plan, a contributor to the project, retired Army Col. Phil Waldron, told the Post he had spoken with Meadows about it until ‘at 10 times and Meadows seemed eager to help. (Waldron also said he was part of a team that briefed several lawmakers about the plot the day before Jan.6.)

Meadows was also on text and email channels discussing efforts to get GOP lawmakers to send deputy voters to Congress with the apparent aim of undermining the Joe Biden Electoral College vote, Sargent noted. He also sent emails urging the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, according to the House committee report.

Additionally, he referred in an email to the National Guard’s readiness to “protect pro-Trump” at a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6.

“The whole coup plan is there in black and white,” Sargent warned. “The same is true of the scope and scope of what Meadows and others blocking the Jan.6 committee are so keen to cover. But now we’ve learned that the committee has many receipts, and soon enough we’ll see them all. “

Read the full column here.

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