Meadows held in contempt (the official kind); Fox News tries to explain hosts’ texts

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If Mark Meadows’ actions weren’t criminal before, they are now. (Tip: Badgering Georgia officials to alter vote totals was almost certainly criminal.)

In the news today: There’s been significant public movement of late in multiple investigations of the Jan. 6 coup attempt, and all of it points to an organized, pre-planned effort to erase the 2020 U.S. presidential election by proclaiming that Trump’s loss was invalid—based entirely on a Republican hoax campaign pretending so. Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows was personally involved in at least two separate acts to illegally erase the election, and today he was held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify on his knowledge of the plans. Those charges have already been delivered to the Department of Justice.

On Fox News, the pro-Trump hosts who helped spread hoaxes about the election and the resulting insurrection finally mustered a response to the revelation that several had texted Meadows to plead for Trump to end the violence. But it wasn’t a response that addressed why each of those pro-Trump hosts immediately began spreading conspiracy theories blaming Trump’s enemies for that violence, even as in private they fully recognized that Trump was the one who both incited it and could end it.

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