WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is reviewing a 38-page PowerPoint document full of extreme plans to suspend the 2020 elections that Mark Meadows, President Donald J. Trump has handed over to the blackboard.
The document recommended that Mr. Trump declare a national emergency to delay certification of election results and alleged that China and Venezuela had gained control of electoral infrastructure in most states.
A Mr. Meadows attorney, George J. Terwilliger III, said Friday that Mr. Meadows made the document available to the committee because he only received it by email in his inbox and did nothing with it.
“We created the document because it was not privileged,” said Terwilliger.
Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel and an influential voice in the election contesting movement, said Friday from a bar he owns outside of Austin, Texas that he had the document entitled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference, and Options for 6 “circulated JAN” – among Mr. Trump’s allies and on Capitol Hill prior to the attack. Mr Waldron said he did not personally send the document to Mr Meadows, but it was possible that someone on his team passed it on to the former chief of staff.
It’s unclear who created the PowerPoint, but it resembles a 36-page document available online, and it appears to be based on the theories of Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a Texan entrepreneur and self-proclaimed inventor who appeared with Mr. Waldron in podcasts about electoral fraud.
Mr Waldron said he was not surprised that Mr Meadows received a version of the document, which exists in various forms on websites.
“He would have got a copy of the situational awareness for what was briefed on the hill back then,” said Mr. Waldron.
On Jan. 4, members of Mr. Waldron’s team – he did not identify them – spoke to a group of senators and briefed them on the allegations of alleged electoral fraud contained in the PowerPoint, Mr. Waldron said. The next day, he said, he personally briefed a small group of members of the House of Representatives; This discussion centered on unsubstantiated claims of foreign interference in the elections. He said he made the document available to lawmakers.
Mr. Meadows is not known to have worked directly with Mr. Waldron, who referred to his military background as “information warfare.” However, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer in the struggle to maintain power, has cited Mr. Waldron as a source of information for his legal campaign.
Mr. Meadows remains involved in a lawsuit with the Jan. 6 committee that believes he is criminally contempt of Congress for refusing to appear on a proposed testimony or to hand over documents he believes are Trump’s allegations Executive might violate privilege. Mr Trump has filed a lawsuit claiming he still has the authority to keep White House documents secret, a claim that several courts have dismissed despite the fact that the case is apparently being referred to the Supreme Court.
Mr Meadows responded with a lawsuit to convince a federal judge to block the committee’s subpoenas. His lawsuit alleges that the committee issued “two overly broad and inappropriately incriminating subpoenas,” including one sent to Verizon about his phone and text message.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, cited the 38-page PowerPoint as one of the reasons he wanted to question Mr. Meadows under oath.
Before entering into an argument with the panel, Mr Meadows had provided the committee with some useful information, including a November email asking for an alternate list of voters to be appointed to keep Mr Trump in power , and a January 5th message about the removal of the National Guard on standby. Mr. Meadows also delivered his text messages to a member of Congress in which lawmakers admitted that a plan would love the victory of Joseph R. Biden Jr. “
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However, Mr Meadows also told the committee that he had given the cell phone he used on Jan. 6 to his service provider and that he was withholding about 1,000 text messages associated with the device.
In December, after Mr. Pulitzer testified before the Georgia State Senate claiming he had “hacked” the state’s electoral system, Georgia’s foreign secretary issued a press release describing him as a “failed treasure hunter” who “provided no evidence.” had.
Mr. Pulitzer did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr Waldron was featured in a film by Mike Lindell, the contested CEO of MyPillow, who helped fund Mr Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results. In the film, Mr. Waldron defended the unsubstantiated claim that the Chinese government had access to files and data through voting machines. He also claimed that overseas servers in Germany, Spain, and the UK somehow played a role in manipulating the results.
Although Mr. Meadows did not appear to act according to PowerPoint, he took steps to pursue other unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.
In five emails sent in late December and early January, Mr. Meadows asked Jeffrey A. Rosen, then assistant attorney general, to investigate debunked allegations of election fraud in New Mexico and a series of savage conspiracies alleging Trump was it the actual winner of the election according to emails to Congress.
The emails contained a fantastic theory that people in Italy had used military technology and satellites to remotely manipulate voting machines in the United States, switching votes for Mr Trump to votes for Mr Biden.
Mr. Rosen did not consent to the investigation proposed by Mr. Meadows. He also refused to broker a meeting between the FBI and a man who had posted videos online promoting the Italian conspiracy theory known as Italygate.