According to a new book by a former adviser to the Jan. 6 committee.
The big picture: “The violation” by former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) claims former President Trump’s chief of staff received text messages from 39 House members and five U.S. senators. He cites texts from GOP lawmakers to paint a picture of how invested many are in Trump’s efforts to nullify the election.
Driving the news: The book, which was not cleared by the committee, is due out on Tuesday and was obtained in advance by Axios. Riggleman left his position as senior technical adviser to the committee in April, before the start of its successful summer hearings.
Why is it important: The Meadows texts are the “crown jewels” that “gave us the keys to the kingdom”, writes Riggleman.
- The timing of the book’s release gives it a narrow window to impact committee work and public understanding.
- Wednesday The hearing may be the last public before the release of a final report on the committee’s findings and recommendations.
Details: The book reveals Sen. Kevin Cramer (RN.D.) sent Meadows a memo forwarded by North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, who shared his own idea of a ‘last ditch effort’ to demand recounts statewide mail-in and absentee ballots. in crucial states.
- Meadows received late 2020 text messages from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) about “dead voters” and Dominion voting machines. Riggleman notes that one of Gosar’s texts included a link to a “cyberwar” movie from an anti-vaccine conspiracy blog called “Some Bitch Told Me.”
- On Nov. 5, 2020, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) touted his experience as a lawyer and offered to come to the White House, to which Meadows replied, “Most of that is handled during the campaign. I would love your help and I would love to have you on TV.”
- Republican Representatives Chip Roy and Brian Babin, both of Texas, also contacted Meadows about how to contest the election on the morning of Nov. 5.
- Meadows was in contact with a rally organizer who led protests against the election, as well as ordinary citizens peddling QAnon conspiracy theories.
Between the lines: Riggleman’s headline-grabbing book and accompanying media tour puzzled some members of the committee, who sought to downplay his insight into the panel’s investigation.
- “In his role on the staff of the select committee, Mr. Riggleman had limited knowledge of the committee’s investigation. He left the staff in April before our hearings and much of our most important investigative work” , a spokesperson for the January 6 committee told Axios. in a report.
- Thousands of Meadows texts are known to be in the possession of the committee, however, and numerous communications between Meadows family members and Trump, lawyers and political advisers linked to Jan. 6 have already been reported.
- “I’m an intelligence officer by training,” Riggleman writes in the book’s introduction. “There’s nothing more valuable than raw data. I’ve done my best to get by. I’m not asking you to like me or even trust me. I want to let the data do the talking .”
Editor’s note: This story was updated with committee comments on January 6.