The details of messages that were sent to Meadows were released by the committee currently investigating what happened on January 6 last year. After turning over the texts to the committee, Meadows has since stopped cooperating with them and caused the panel to support a contempt of Congress charge against him.
Rep. Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the committee, read out the dozens of texts sent to Meadow by the president’s eldest son, as well as other members of Congress, and Fox News journalists asking for the president to do something.
—@Liz_Cheney reads texts sent by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, and Donald Trump Jr. to Mark Meadows… https://t.co/gwKECLGmVA
At the time, Donald Trump was criticised for his slow response in not taking action to intervene in the riot.
“He’s got to condemn this s*** ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Cheney read, the text the president’s eldest son sent to Meadows while chaos ensued as rioters broke into the Capitol building.
“I’m pushing it hard. I agree,” Meadows replied.
“We need an Oval office address. He [ex-President Trump] has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand,” Trump Jr. added.
Members of Congress described how there was “an armed standoff at the House [of Representatives] chamber door.” “POTUS needs to calm this s*** down,” another member wrote, and a third said: “We are all helpless,” as politicians, journalists and staff hid from the angry crowd.