Mark Meadows said the National Guard was on standby to ‘protect pro Trump people’ in an email sent the day before the Capitol riot, investigators say

Mark Meadows
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

  • The January 6 committee released a resolution recommending Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress.
  • The resolution said Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard was ready to protect Trump supporters.
  • Meadows stopped cooperating with the committee’s investigation into the Capitol riot last week.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in an email on January 5 that the National Guard was on standby to “protect pro Trump people,” according to the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot. 

The email was described in a document released by the January 6 committee on Sunday recommending that Meadows be held in contempt of Congress after he stopped cooperating with the committee’s investigation. The full House is expected to vote on holding Meadows in contempt this week.

Before Meadows stopped cooperating, he shared some documents with the committee. The document released Sunday describes some of the documents and exchanges Meadows had provided, including the one about the National Guard.

“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,” the document said.

The context of the January 5 email is unclear, and no additional details about it have been given. But the National Guard has come under fire for its slow response to the attack on the Capitol and the conflicting timelines that have been given.

The committee’s document also describes other exchanges Meadows had leading up to and on January 6, as well as questions the committee would have asked him if he had sat down for a deposition.

In addition to asking about the National Guard email, the committee said it would have asked about exchanges in which Meadows reached out to members of Congress asking them to help President Donald Trump get in touch with state lawmakers.

The committee said it also would’ve asked about an exchange between Meadows and an unnamed “media personality” who was urging Trump to release a statement asking people at the Capitol to leave peacefully.

A lawyer for Meadows and the National Guard did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

Meadows filed a lawsuit Wednesday against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the January 6 committee, asking the court to invalidate “two overly broad and unduly burdensome subpoenas” issued by the panel.

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