On Thursday, the House Select Committee inquiring the U.S. Capitol insurrection subpoenaed former President Donald Trump operative Phil Waldron, the retired Army colonel who circulated a PowerPoint offering recommendations for how to undermine the 2020 Presidential election result. Waldron spoke for about one and a half hours at a Louisiana election commission hearing prior this week.
The thirty-eight-page document, which is among numerous pages of materials Mark Meadows, ex-White House Chief of Staff, produced to the January 6 Committee, was circulated by the retired Army Colonel to allies of Donald Trump and legislators on the residential neighborhood in Washington. Mr. Waldron told The New York Times that he didn’t directly pass the document to Mr. Mark Meadows, but someone on his team had probably transferred it along to the ex-White House Chief of Staff.
Phil Waldron presented to the commission, which is assigned a task with updating Louisiana’s voting system, a separate PowerPoint claiming the state’s electoral system was susceptible to fake voters, fake ballots, and fake tallies.
Moreover, he lamented black box voting and urged the thirty-member Voting System Commission instead to implement a system reliant only on hand-tallying ballots. However, several members of the Commission said that such a system would be tough to implement and would extend the process of vote-reporting.
A Mississippi Democrat, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Chair of the January 6 Committee, said that the retired Colonel reportedly played a part in promoting election fraud claims and circulating potential strategies for challenging the 2020 election outcomes. Moreover, he was apparently in communication with Trump White House officials and officials in the U.S. Congress discussing his theories in the weeks leading up to the 6th January Capitol riot.
Meadows Did Nothing With PowerPoint Presentation
The document he purportedly provided to Administration officials and Congressional members is an alarming blueprint for overturning a countrywide election. The House Select Panel needs to hear from him about all these actions.
Furthermore, CNN earlier reported that in the panel’s letter to George Terwilliger, Mark Meadows’ Attorney, proclaiming its decision to seek criminal contempt of Congress proceedings against Mr. Meadows for ceasing to cooperate with the Committee, it wrote that members of the Panel were in possession of a 5th January e-mail regarding a 38-page PowerPoint document briefing titled ‘Election Fraud, Foreign Interference, & Options for 6 Jan’ that was to be provided on the Capitol Hill.
Additionally, to his sharing of the PowerPoint presentation, the panel also wants to ask Mr. Waldron about the reports he participated in meetings at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. in early Jan. 2021.
The panel hasn’t publicly revealed that PowerPoint presentation and hasn’t offered any details about what the document contained. Meadows’ Attorney has acknowledged that his client received that briefing document but did nothing with it.
Also, according to numerous sources, including ex-Trump officials and others with the knowledge of what was happening secretly at the White House, Mr. Meadows also communicated with some of the nation’s top national security officials in an attempt to connect them to allies of Donald Trump who were pushing baseless claims of foreign election meddling and massive voter fraud.