Trump will 'be furious' when he realizes how many documents Meadows already turned over: CNN reporter
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," correspondent Jamie Gangel broke down the significance of former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows handing over a significant number of documents, even as he moved to renege on his pledge to cooperate.
"Let's start with your new reporting," said anchor Erin Burnett. "What is included in what Meadows did hand over? The roughly 6,000 pages of documents, what is in there, as far as you know?"
"So let's remember, this was voluntary, no claim of privilege," said Gangel. "We are told by the committee that in those documents Meadows has handed over include messages sent and received during the riot, texts, e-mails, calls, while the events of the insurrection were actually going on on January 6th. Committee member Zoe Lofgren told us earlier today the records include, quote, 'volumes of material,' including real-time communication."
"So, look, Erin, we don't know yet the details of who Meadows was communicating with that day," added Gangel. "But we do know a lot of people had Meadows' cell phone. So, think about it. White House officials, rally organizers, Trump loyalists, members of Congress. All should be aware that if they were communicating with Meadows, texting, emailing on January 6th, the committee may already have those documents. I just want to add one thing. If Donald Trump is as mad about Mark Meadows' book as we're hearing, he's going to be furious when he realizes that Meadows handed over all these records with no claim of privilege."
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Former President Donald Trump was known for always projecting confidence in his ability to win even in the face of overwhelming odds of defeat.
However, former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows recalls that the former president was "despondent" when the United States Supreme Court rejected his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
As reported by Business Insider, Trump seemed to really think that the Supreme Court, which included three justices whom he appointed, would step in to throw out President Joe Biden's certified election win.
"To this day, I don't think I've ever seen President Trump quite as despondent as he was when I walked into the Oval Office in late December," Meadows recalled. "My head hanging low, I informed him that the Supreme Court would not be hearing out challenges to the election results."
Trump reportedly then asked incredulously, "Can you believe that?"
In reality, the vast majority of legal experts expected the Supreme Court to reject Trump's bid to overturn the election results, as the Trump campaign lost dozens of court cases in lower courts before heading to the Supreme Court.
Trump's election lie falls flat again as right-wing Wisconsin group finds 'no evidence of widespread fraud'
In a blow to former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories, Forbes reported on Tuesday that a right-wing legal group in Wisconsin has released the results of its investigation into the 2020 presidential election — and concluded that there was no evidence the election was corrupted by voter fraud.
"The investigation by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) found 'no evidence of widespread voter fraud,' which it defined as 'an intentional effort to subvert the election' by preventing voters who support a specific candidate from voting or having their vote counted, 'attempting to procure votes that were never cast' or 'falsely increasing' one candidate’s vote share," reported Alison Durkee.
In an extra blow, WILL found that Democrats performed "worse than expected" in areas that used equipment from Dominion Voting Systems — an elections company that has been the target of conspiracy theories from Trump allies who have claimed their machines switched votes to Joe Biden.
"In all likelihood, more eligible voters cast ballots for Joe Biden than Donald Trump," concluded WILL — although the report was sure to note the group still recommends new voting restrictions.
WILL has previously stirred controversy by filing a lawsuit to force hundreds of thousands of voters to be purged from the Wisconsin voter rolls.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 presidential election was corrupt or rigged, even though reports indicate his own lawyers knew that his accusations were completely unfounded. His conspiracy theories have formed the basis for crackdowns on voting rights all around the country, as well as partisan "audits" of vote counts, most notably in Maricopa County, Arizona.