ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl on Tuesday explained why the Gmail account of Donald Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows may provide critical evidence for the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
During an appearance on CNN, Karl explained his interest in Meadows to anchor John Berman, saying part of the backstory behind Trump's notorious phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes."
Meadows reportedly voiced frustration when he finally connected on the phone to a Raffensperger deputy.
"We've been trying to reach out to you 18 different times, and you've ignored our inquiries," Meadows reportedly complained.
Initially, Raffensperger's office was mystified, but then they figured out what had been going on.
"Raffensperger himself had been receiving text messages from a Gmail account, Mark Meadows' Gmail account, that he thought was certainly a prank," Karl said. "You know, his number had been put out on the internet, he'd been getting all kinds of prank calls, so Mark Meadows was reaching out to a top official in Georgia on a private Gmail account."
"What else was going on where his private Gmail account?" he wondered. "He was at the intersection of everything."
"What else was Mark Meadows up to?" Karl asked.
"Will we ever find out?" Berman asked. "He will fight this appearance as long as he possibly can, citing executive privilege."
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