Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) told then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that some GOP members of Congress had privately suggested former President Donald Trump should declare martial law to remain in power.
On January 17, 2021, three days before Joe Biden was sworn in as president, Greene texted Meadows saying: “In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law (sic). I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!”
Greene testified last week that she does not remember urging Trump to declare martial law.
CNN first reported the texts, along with more than 2,000 texts Meadows exchanged with top aides, right wing television personalities, members of Congress, members of the Trump family and GOP activists.
Other text messages show Greene urging Meadows to have Trump “calm” the people on Jan. 6.
“Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people This isn’t the way to solve anything,” Greene texted Meadows, according to CNN.
In a separate text Greene told Meadows that the people who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 are not “our people” but rather Antifa and BLM supporters dressed as Trump supporters.
“Mark we don’t think these attackers are our people. We think they are Antifa. Dressed like Trump supporters,” Greene wrote.