The House Select Committee investigating January 6th has been looking into the finances of former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as part of its investigation. With talk of finding a “patsy” coming from Trump’s camp, Meadows could very well take the fall for the former president and his coup plotting. The wagons are circling, and Trump is already claiming not “to know” what Meadows was doing.
An attorney in Trump’s inner circle told Rolling Stone:
“Everyone is strategizing around the likelihood that Mark is in a lot of trouble. Everyone who knows what they’re doing, anyway.”
Sources close to the case revealed the select committee’s interest in possible financial arrangements Meadows had with other Trump advisers who were involved in Trump’s attempts to illegally overturn the election
Less than a month after the House voted to form a select committee to investigate the Capitol riot, Meadows’ non-profit – the Conservative Partnership Institute – received $1 million from Donald Trump’s Save America PAC. Meadows PAC received the bulk of the $1.35 million donated to the campaigns of those considered to be “loyal” to the ex-President and who echoed his “Big Lie.”
Follow the money.
With the release of over two thousand texts between Meadows, Trump’s inner circle, and the Trump family – even Don Jr. had to go through Meadows to talk to his own father – his role as the “go-to” guy for all things before and during the insurrection is undeniable. And his lack of action when alerted to potential violence on Jan. 6th, as well as his dismissing of the danger to then-Vice President Mike Pence, may open Meadows up to more serious charges than simply “contempt.”
Meadows’ unpopularity in the West Wing with White House staffers may make it easier for them to throw him under the bus. We already know that Trump always puts Trump first, so Meadows is unlikely to get help from his old boss. And, with Cassidy Hutchinson’s damning testimony, it will be difficult for Meadows to continue to escape accountability.
One of Trump’s current legal advisers told Rolling Stone:
“Mark is gonna get pulverized…and it’s really sad. Based on talking to Meadows in the past, it felt like he doesn’t actually believe any of this election-theft stuff, or at least not most of it. He was obviously just trying to perform for Trump, and now he’s maybe screwed himself completely.”
While the Justice Department failed to act on the House Select Committee’s referral to prosecute Meadows for contempt, the evidence of his integral role in efforts to overturn the election continues to mount. If following the money is how we have to get the accountability and justice that America deserves to see Meadows receive for his role – I say go for it.
Original reporting by Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley at Rolling Stone.
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