Marjorie Taylor Greene texted Adjutant Meadows about Martial Law: Report

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wears a “Trump Won” face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House of Representatives to take her oath of office as a newly elected Member of the 117th House of Representatives in Washington, USA. January 3, 2021.

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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene urged a senior White House adviser to speak with then-President Donald Trump about imposing martial law in the wake of the Capitol Hill riots, according to text messages published in a new report.

“In our private chat with members only, several say the only way to save our republic is for Trump to call for the Marshall Act,” Greene wrote to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 17, 2021. CNN reported Monday.

The reference to “Marshall Act” is an apparent misspelling of martial law, the emergency power that puts the military in charge of government.

“I dont know. I just wanted you to tell him,” the first-term lawmaker’s text read. “You stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to release as much as he can so we can go after Biden and everyone else!”

Meadows didn’t appear to answer Greene, CNN reported. Greene’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the report.

Greene reportedly sent this text three days before Trump was due to leave office following his loss to President Joe Biden. Less than two weeks earlier, on Jan. 6, a violent crowd of Trump supporters broke through police lines and stormed the US Capitol, forcing congressmen into hiding and temporarily delaying efforts to confirm Biden’s victory.

The mob was herded to the Capitol that day by Trump, who had spent weeks falsely claiming he had beaten his Democratic challenger and that the election had been rigged against him. Greene, who has a well-documented history of adopting right-wing conspiracy theories, also frequently sowed doubts about the integrity of the 2020 election after Biden’s victory.

Election experts, politicians from both parties and even Trump’s own attorney general have all disputed Trump’s claims that the election result was influenced by widespread voter fraud.

Greene reached out to Meadows for advice on how to prepare for objections to the Jan. 6 election confirmation in a December 2020 text published by CNN: “We need to get organized for the 6th,” she wrote .

She also asked Meadows to have a follow-up meeting with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former attorney who contributed to failed efforts to topple Biden’s victories in key swing states.

CNN said it received Greene’s texts as part of a trove of 2,319 texts broadcast to and from Meadows between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration two months later. The texts show Meadows communicating with dozens of Republican lawmakers, as well as other White House officials and several of Trump’s adult children.

Meadows shared that news with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot in late 2021, but then stopped working and is now suing to overturn two of the panel’s subpoenas.

In a recently filed filing in that civil case, the committee shared a transcript of an interview with an ex-Trump aide who said Meadows was warned in advance of the potential for violence on Jan. 6.

A spokesman for the special committee declined CNBC’s request to review the texts reported by CNN.

On Friday, Greene testified under oath in a court challenge barring her from running for a second term for her alleged involvement in the Capitol riots.

In nearly four hours of testimony, Greene repeatedly said she could not recall details of the events and planning surrounding that day.

“Did you lobby the President of the United States for martial law before his inauguration in 2021?” Greene was questioned by attorney Andrew Celli during that hearing.

“I don’t remember, I don’t remember,” Greene replied.

Ron Fein, an attorney who led the bid to remove Greene from the ballot, told NBC News Monday that the newly revealed texts show “dishonesty as to her request for martial law” and suggest that “they do not have a credible witness” was on the witness stand.

Read CNN’s full report. Marjorie Taylor Greene texted Adjutant Meadows about Martial Law: Report

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