PowerPoint Sent to Mark Meadows Is Examined by Jan. 6 Panel

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Mark Meadows’s lawyer said the erstwhile White House main of unit did not enactment connected the document, which recommended that President Donald J. Trump state a nationalist exigency to support himself successful power.

Mark Meadows remains successful  a ineligible  conflict  with the Jan. 6 committee, which is moving guardant  with holding him successful  transgression  contempt of Congress.
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Dec. 10, 2021, 7:46 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the Capitol is scrutinizing a 38-page PowerPoint papers filled with utmost plans to overturn the 2020 predetermination that Mark Meadows, the past main of unit to President Donald J. Trump, has turned implicit to the panel.

The papers recommended that Mr. Trump state a nationalist exigency to hold the certification of the predetermination results and included a assertion that China and Venezuela had obtained power implicit the voting infrastructure successful a bulk of states.

A lawyer for Mr. Meadows, George J. Terwilliger III, said connected Friday that Mr. Meadows provided the papers to the committee due to the fact that helium simply received it by email successful his inbox and did thing with it.

“We produced the papers due to the fact that it wasn’t privileged,” Mr. Terwilliger said.

Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel and an influential dependable successful the question to situation the election, said connected Friday from a barroom helium owns extracurricular Austin, Texas, that helium had circulated the papers — titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” — among Mr. Trump’s allies and connected Capitol Hill earlier the attack. Mr. Waldron said that helium did not personally nonstop the papers to Mr. Meadows, but that it was imaginable idiosyncratic connected his squad had passed it on to the erstwhile main of staff.

It is unclear who prepared the PowerPoint, but it is akin to a 36-page papers disposable online, and it appears to beryllium based connected the theories of Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a Texas entrepreneur and self-described inventor who has appeared with Mr. Waldron connected podcasts discussing predetermination fraud.

Mr. Waldron said helium was not amazed that Mr. Meadows had received a mentation of the document, which exists successful varied forms connected net sites.

“He would person gotten a transcript for situational consciousness for what was being briefed connected the Hill astatine the time,” Mr. Waldron said.

On Jan. 4, members of Mr. Waldron’s squad — helium did not place them — spoke to a radical of senators and briefed them connected the allegations of expected predetermination fraud contained successful the PowerPoint, Mr. Waldron said. The pursuing day, helium said, helium personally briefed a tiny radical of House members; that treatment focused connected baseless claims of overseas interference successful the election. He said helium made the papers disposable to the lawmakers.

Mr. Meadows is not known to person worked straight with Mr. Waldron, who has described his subject inheritance arsenic involving “information warfare.” However, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s idiosyncratic lawyer arsenic helium fought to effort to enactment successful power, has cited Mr. Waldron arsenic a root of accusation for his ineligible campaign.

Mr. Meadows remains successful a ineligible conflict with the Jan. 6 committee, which is moving guardant with holding him successful transgression contempt of Congress for refusing to look for a scheduled deposition oregon to crook implicit documents helium believes could interruption Mr. Trump’s assertions of enforcement privilege. Mr. Trump has filed suit claiming helium inactive has the powerfulness to support White House documents secret, an assertion respective courts person rejected, though the lawsuit appears headed for the Supreme Court.

Mr. Meadows has responded by filing suit successful an effort to transportation a national justice to artifact the committee’s subpoenas. His suit accuses the committee of issuing “two overly wide and unduly burdensome subpoenas” against him, including 1 sent to Verizon for his telephone and text-message data.

Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the president of the committee, has cited the 38-page PowerPoint arsenic among the reasons helium wants to question Mr. Meadows nether oath.

Before coming to loggerheads with the panel, Mr. Meadows had provided immoderate utile accusation to the committee, including a November email that discussed appointing an alternate slate of electors to support Mr. Trump successful powerfulness and a Jan. 5 connection astir putting the National Guard connected standby. Mr. Meadows besides turned implicit his substance messages with a subordinate of Congress successful which the lawmaker acknowledged that a program to entity to Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s triumph would beryllium “highly controversial,” to which Mr. Meadows responded, “I emotion it.”

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But Mr. Meadows besides informed the committee that helium had turned successful the cellphone helium utilized connected Jan. 6 to his work provider, and that helium was withholding immoderate 1,000 substance messages connected with the device.

In December, aft Mr. Pulitzer testified earlier the Georgia State Senate and claimed to person “hacked” the state’s voting system, Georgia’s caput of authorities issued a quality merchandise calling him a “failed treasure hunter” who had “provided nary evidence.”

Mr. Pulitzer did not respond to a petition for comment.

Mr. Waldron was featured successful a movie by Mike Lindell, the embattled main enforcement of MyPillow who helped concern Mr. Trump’s efforts to situation the predetermination results. In the film, Mr. Waldron pushed the unfounded claim that the Chinese authorities had entree to files and information done voting machines. He besides claimed that overseas servers successful Germany, Spain and Britain somehow played a relation successful manipulating results.

Even though Mr. Meadows did not look to enactment connected the PowerPoint, helium did instrumentality enactment to prosecute different baseless claims of elector fraud.

In 5 emails sent successful precocious December and aboriginal January, Mr. Meadows asked Jeffrey A. Rosen, past the acting lawyer general, to analyse debunked claims of predetermination fraud successful New Mexico and an array of chaotic conspiracies that held that Mr. Trump had been the existent victor of the election, according to emails provided to Congress.

The emails included a fantastical mentation that radical successful Italy had utilized subject exertion and satellites to remotely tamper with voting machines successful the United States and power votes for Mr. Trump to votes for Mr. Biden.

Mr. Rosen did not hold to unfastened the investigations suggested by Mr. Meadows. He besides refused to broker a gathering betwixt the F.B.I. and a antheral who had posted videos online promoting the Italy conspiracy theory, known arsenic Italygate.

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