Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is facing possible criminal charges related to his refusal to comply with a subpoena by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
He initially turned over thousands of documents, however, including some text messages that were read aloud by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) this week.
“Destroying everything you have accomplished”
Among the concerned individuals who pleaded with Meadows to convince then-President Donald Trump to intervene in the situation were three Fox News Channel personalities and Trump’s eldest son.
The committee and much of the mainstream media have attempted to publicize these private messages as part of the prevailing narrative that Trump was complicit in encouraging the breach of the Capitol building by his supporters.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham, for example, texted Meadows out of concern that Trump was “destroying his legacy” by allowing the riot to continue.
Her colleague, Brian Kilmeade, struck a similar tone with his message, writing: “Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished.”
Likewise, host Sean Hannity hoped to convince Trump to “make a statement” and implore “people to leave the Capitol.”
“We need an Oval Office address”
For his part, Donald Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows with a request related to his father, insisting: “He’s got to condemn this s*** ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.”
In a follow-up message, Trump Jr. added: “We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”
Of course, some of those responsible for sending such messages are now offering some harsh criticism for Cheney. During his program on Tuesday, Hannity accused the GOP lawmaker of being “interested in one thing and one thing only — smearing Donald Trump and purging him from the party.”
Similarly, Ingraham argued that her message had been taken out of context and expressed her dismay in a monologue the same night, asserting: “The entire Jan. 6 campaign has become one of revenge and defamation, of false characterization and false equivalencies.”
For what it is worth, the House panel voted unanimously to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress a short time after Cheney publicly read the text messages.