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April 13, 2023
Just a few days before President Joe Biden’s inauguration in mid-January 2021, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican of Georgia, sent a text message to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
In the note, she informed him that several GOP members of Congress had privately suggested that former President Donald Trump declare martial law.
Last week, Greene testified that she does not recall whether she encouraged Trump to institute martial law. “In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law,” the congresswoman wrote to Meadows on January 17, 2021, according to the messages obtained by CBS News.
“I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else.”
Greene apparently sent many texts to Meadows in the period after the election and around January 6, 2021. She apparently also told Meadows “we think” the individuals who rioted at the Capitol “are Antifa” members dressed to look like Trump supporters.
Meadows later handed his text messages over to the January 6 investigative committee before declining to cooperate further with the probe.
Greene is currently fighting a challenge by her constituents to block her from showing up on the Georgia ballot, but she testified during an administrative hearing on Friday that she does not remember if she did encourage Trump to impose martial law to remain in power following the election.
“I don’t recall,” Greene said in court on Friday. She texted Meadows during the assault as well. “Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people This isn’t the way to solve anything,” she noted on January 6, 2021.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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