Meadows filed a fraud lawsuit against Barr the day after the 2020 election.

Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election just a day after it was held, texting Etty. Gene. Bill Barr, Nov. 4 on the investigation of the fraud allegation, according to reports released by the Department of Justice.

The reports show how quickly Meadows began looking for evidence of fraud after it became apparent that Trump would lose the election. On September 6, 2021, the uprising, as stated in recent hearings, was central to the former president’s plan to stay in power.

The nightly exchange began with a text message from Meadows to Barr.

“I don’t know how sound or who is the best to investigate, but I thought you should be aware of this. Tom Fitton posted this on Twitter and it will probably get some attention,” Meadows wrote to Barr at 10:44 pm. Fitton is president of Judicial Watch, a right-wing activist organization that perpetuates unfounded allegations of voter fraud.

The text was accompanied by a link to a tweet by far-right provocateur James O’Keeffe, which was subsequently deleted. but can be found online.arguing that postal workers in Michigan were ordered to mail ballots backdated to appear to have arrived in time for Election Day.

Barr replied two minutes later, “Got it.”

Messages included in entries related to the 2020 election issued by the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act appear to be the earliest documented cases of Meadows indicting Barr for electoral fraud, an attempt that continued for several weeks as the president, his legal team, and his supporters promoted theories conspiracy. in an attempt to change the outcome of the election. Trump, Meadows and others have also pressured the Justice Department to become directly involved in the ongoing election lawsuits and issue general allegations that there was fraud.

Barr repeatedly said after the election: including in dec. 1 Associated Press interview, that he found no evidence of widespread electoral fraud and that most of the allegations made by Trump and those around him were related to individual cases rather than a larger systemic problem.

Jan’s house. Committee 6 held hearings earlier this month on this pressure campaign. The bulk of their presentation, however, highlighted Trump’s growing insistence in the final weeks of his presidency that the department be involved in pushing his baseless allegations of fraud, going so far as to consider removing the acting attorney general to put a supporter in that role in three days. before Congress approved the election results on January 1. 6.

Barr told the committee in his testimony that Meadows would send him the information and allegations that were brought to the attention of the president or others, and he would forward them to staff to determine whether they should be further examined, according to a person familiar with Barr’s testimony, who was asked remain anonymous to tell The Times candidly about the proceedings.

“[Meadows] actually just sent them as if he took them from his desk. He never pushed or baited [the Justice Department] about doing something with the information, the man, according to Barr, told the committee, noting that Barr regarded it as a perfectly normal message from the White House chief of staff.

It’s unclear if Barr’s messages are among the thousands of text messages Meadows selectively passed on to a House committee before he abruptly ceased cooperating with his investigation. The lyrics to Barr are not among those leaked and published by various media outlets. CNN and the Washington Post have reviewed hundreds of Meadows’ messages, including texts from conservative figures pushing him to challenge Trump in court, and texts he received from lawmakers and conservative media during the January election. 6 uprising.

November. 4 messages from Meadows is the only one in which Barr replied to Meadows. The former Attorney General immediately forwarded the link to his chief of staff, Will Levy, with the note: “Please reach out to the right people.”

Meadows did not respond to requests for comment.

Texts from Meadows continued, especially after Barr made an unorthodox decision problem memo telling federal prosecutors they were allowed to investigate “specific allegations” of voter fraud before the presidential election results were confirmed. The memo warned that “false, speculative, far-fetched, or contrived claims should not be grounds for initiating federal investigations.”

The memorandum ran counter to the Department of Justice’s longstanding non-intervention policy, which prohibited investigations into allegations of fraud or other open investigative actions until the election results were confirmed so as not to affect the outcome.

Meadows messaged Barr again in November. 10 by sending him a .pdf file marked “Carone_Affidavit”, which Barr in turn forwarded to Levy without any instructions. In a separate message, Meadows wrote, “Called the FBI in affidavit.”

The affidavit was obtained from Melissa Carone, a contract IT professional who made several allegations of election fraud at a Detroit counting center, including allegations that she had seen illegally scanned ballots on several occasions and that vans intended for delivering food to election workers went into hiding. tens of thousands of ballots. The document was included in a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign in Wayne County, Michigan. Later District Judge rules Nov. 13 that Carone’s claims are “simply not credible” and declined the campaign’s request for the county to block confirmation of the results.

Despite the decision, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani used Carone as his main witness. in Dec. February 2, 2020 Election Fraud Hearing belongs to Michigan House.

Meadows also sent Barr a link to another O’Keeffe tweet on November 1. 10, 2020, which was also deleted but can be found online. with the message “with the sound of a problem”. O’Keeffe’s tweet included alleged audio snippets of a Pennsylvania postal worker interviewing federal agents after he claimed his superiors instructed workers to backdate mail-in ballots. Although the worker retracted his story that day, O’Keeffe’s tweet contained a statement from the worker that he did stand by his original claims.

The charge is one of several that the Justice Department has considered since the election, Barr said.

The next day, Meadows sent Barr a video file and a message saying, “Dale Harrison in Colorado. Maybe it’s manipulation, but it’s worth checking.” Harrison, a TikTok prankster, was seen in a video destroying Trump’s ballot while dressed as a postal worker.

Barr also sent a video of Levy along with a message from Meadows. Levy quickly responded with a link to a Newsweek article in which Harrison confessed to faking the destruction of the ballot to attract followers.

Meadows Barrou’s latest messages included a Microsoft Word document detailing efforts by the Lincoln Project, a political action committee led by anti-Trump Republicans, to get Pennsylvania lawyers working on election fraud legislation fired. Barr did not respond or forward the document.