Former White House official Alyssa Farah confirmed Monday she was the one who, in a text, encouraged Mark Meadows to issue a statement to end the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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CNN's Michael Smerconish showed on the screen the text message that appeared in the House Jan. 6 committee's resolution to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress and asked Farah, who was making her first appearance on CNN as a political commentator, if that message was hers.
"That is my text," Farah said, adding that she made a "horrifying" realization that the text message was sent "about an hour before Ashli Babbitt died, and it was a few hours before we learned that officer [Brian] Sicknick died. There was a window where people of good conscience could have spoken up and stopped the violence," she said.
Former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah says the Mark Meadows she knew well, "was a man who cared about the Constitution... cared about the congressional role in oversight."— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 14, 2021
"It's never too late to do the right thing," she adds. pic.twitter.com/ItQ3LPqtxj
The message itself read, "You guys have to say something. Even if the president’s not willing to put out a statement, you should go to the [cameras] and say, ‘We condemn this. Please stand down.’ If you don’t, people are going to die."
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Farah, who had left the White House by that time, said she sent the message from her personal phone to Meadows's personal phone. She also said Meadows did not respond and that she tried to reach former President Donald Trump through the White House.
The panel voted unanimously on Monday to advance contempt proceedings against Meadows, Trump's White House chief of staff on Jan. 6, who last week stopped cooperating with its investigation into the Capitol riot.