A top aide in Trump's office implies in one of his emails that the National Guard would have moved to protect those loyal to President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows alleged that the National Guard would protect those supportive of Trump on Jan. 6, according to details in a new report from the Jan. 6 Select Committee.

"The National Guard would be present to 'protect pro-Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby," Meadows said in an email to an unidentified person about the events on Jan. 6.


The email was one of many details released in a Dec. 13 report by the Jan. 6 Select Committee one day before it is set to vote on advancing contempt of Congress charges against Meadows.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson also noted in the report that Meadows "received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican legislators in certain states to send alternate slates of electors to Congress, a plan which one member of Congress acknowledged was 'highly controversial' and to which Mr. Meadows responded, 'I love it.'"

These included a Dec. 7 email discussing the appointment of alternate electors sent as part of a "direct and collateral attack" and a Jan. 5 email containing a 38-slide PowerPoint titled "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN. 6," according to the committee report.

The committee also pointed out that Meadows "exchanged text messages with, and provided guidance to, an organizer of the January 6th rally on the Ellipse after the organizer told him that '[t]hings have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction.'"

The committee also noted that if Meadows had not withdrawn his cooperation with them, they would have asked about texts sent to a media personality "who had encouraged the presidential statement asking people to, quote, 'peacefully leave the Capitol,'" as well as a text sent "to one of — by one of the president's family members indicating that Mr. Meadows is, quote, 'pushing hard,' end quote, for a statement from President Trump to, quote, 'condemn this s***,' end quote, happening at the Capitol."

Meadows also made efforts to have members of Congress connect Trump with state lawmakers after his Nov. 6 defeat, claims the committee.

Meadows's remarks regarding the National Guard may offer some insight into questions about the military group's delayed response to Jan. 6. A former National Guard official claimed on Dec. 6 that top generals may have lied about delaying their response to the Jan. 6 events.


The Jan. 6 committee had previously determined on Dec. 8 that Meadows had maintained "real-time communications" with several individuals as the Jan. 6 riots occurred.

Meadows is now suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Jan. 6 committee, requesting they invalidate the two subpoenas the committee issued against him.