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Mark Meadows Sent a Disturbing Email Ahead Of Jan 6 Riot And People Are Outraged

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On the morning of January 5, then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard was on standby to “protect pro Trump people,” seemingly expecting violence on the U.S. Capitol the next day, Politico reported Sunday night.

The email, which part of a trove of documents Meadows shared with the bipartisan House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, was highlighted as “of high interest to congressional investigators probing whether Trump played a role in the three-hour delay between the Capitol Police’s urgent request for Guard support and their ultimate arrival at the Capitol, which had been overrun by pro-Trump rioters.”

The revelation came after the Committee announced in a 51-page document it will seek to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress.

“Mr. Meadows sent an email to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to ‘protect pro Trump people’ and that many more would be available on standby,” are the exact words from the Jan. 6 Committee’s report, according to Politico.

“The comment also aligns with testimony from former Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who said that in a Jan. 3 conversation with Trump, the then-president told him to ‘do whatever was necessary to protect the demonstrators that were executing their constitutionally protected rights,'” Politico added.

Politico also noted that the Committee shows it is trying to draw a direct line from Trump to the coup itself.

Here’s how legal experts reacted to the news:

“In the House 1/6 committee’s just-released report, we hear some of the most troubling words ever uttered by a government official: Mark Meadows sent an email saying National Guard troops would “protect pro Trump people.” The corollary? They would not protect anti Trump people,” tweeted former federal prosecutor and NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner.

Others were more direct, accusing Trump and Republicans of orchestrating a coup.