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Trump's Chief of Staff Wanted National Guard 'to Protect Pro-Trump People' on Jan 6 in Surfaced E-mail

Trump's Chief of Staff Wanted National Guard 'to Protect Pro-Trump People' on Jan 6 in Surfaced E-mail
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Former President Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has ceased cooperation with the House Select Committee investigating the deadly failed insurrection of January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol to prevent congressional certification of Biden's victory.

As a result, the Committee is recommending Meadows be held in contempt of Congress, and they're citing documents he's already turned over to make the case for why he should be compelled to testify before the committee.

One such document was a powerpoint contained in an email of Meadows' with harrowing hypotheticals for how Trump could override the people's vote and install himself for another term.

If that wasn't concerning enough, a report compiled by the committee details that further correspondence from Meadows.

According to the report:

"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."

Meadows sent the email on January 5—the night before the insurrection.

The implication, of course, is that Meadows and, by extension, the Trump administration weren't concerned with protecting those who weren't "pro Trump" as the former President's supporters shattered windows, ransacked offices, beat police officers, and called for the execution of lawmakers.

It's worth noting that it was hours after the insurrection was underway that Trump finally told his supporters to vacate the Capitol, noting that he loved them and that they were "very special." At least one Republican lawmaker has said Trump was overjoyed at reports of the riot.

People were deeply disturbed by this latest revelation.

Others weren't surprised.

The committee is likely to introduce more revelations as the investigation continues.