President Donald Trump released a lengthy and glowing statement Wednesday night about the forthcoming memoir by his former chief of staff Mark Meadows – just before a deadline imposed by the Jan. 6th committee for Meadows and other witnesses to appear.
Trump’s statement did not indicate whether or not he had read an advance copy of the book, but he noted it ‘is available for pre-order now, and doing really well.’
His praise came after the Jan. 6th select committee subpoenaed Meadows, demanding he appear and provide documents about Trump’s activities on and before Jan. 6th.
Trump gushed about the book in a statement by his ‘Save America’ PAC – and even provided a link for advance purchases. It is available in hardcover for $28.
President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to pre-order a meadow by former chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6th select committee
‘If you want to learn about politics, truth, our great administration, and exciting achievements that took place in government, pre-order your copy now. Remember, there has never been an administration like ours. We did things that no other administration even thought they could do,’ he said.
Trump wrote that the memoir ‘would make an incredible Christmas present, and with United States supply lines totally dead, and with thousands of ships having no way of unloading because of incompetent leadership, you will have no other thing you can buy anyway. Seriously, it’s a fantastic book, and Mark Meadows and his wonderful wife Debbie are great people,’ Trump wrote.
Meadows memoir, The Chief’s Chief
The committee has identified Meadows as a key figure who may have information about Trump’s election overturn efforts – including his push for state and local election officials to pursue Trump’s fraud claims.
According to the subpoena: ‘We understand that in the weeks after the November 2020 election, you contacted several state officials to encourage investigation of allegations of election fraud, even after such allegations had been dismissed by state and federal courts, and after the Electoral College had met and voted on December 14, 2020.’
Emails also indicate Meadows pushed former acting attorney general Jeff Rosen to investigate claims Italians hacked voting machines using satellites.
His level of cooperation is unknown. The committee last week released a statement that blasted former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who is resisting the committee’s efforts, citing Trump’s claim of executive privilege.
‘While Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel are, so far, engaging with the Select Committee, Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President,’ said a statement from chair Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). ‘The Select Committee fully expects all of these witnesses to comply with our demands for both documents and deposition testimony.’
‘It is available for pre-order now,’ wrote Trump
The committee is demanding information about Meadow’s efforts to encourage the Justice Department to pursue election fraud claims, and his outreach to state election officials amid Trump’s election overturn effort
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has said lawmakers who don’t comply will be held in criminal contempt
Meadows cast the Jan. 6th probe as not needed when asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham about a threat by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers to hold witnesses in criminal contempt if they ignore subpoenas.
‘Listen, I’m going to let the attorneys handle all of that, Laura,’ he said.
‘I can say this. When I talk to people, they say, well, we’ve already been through two impeachments. Why did we go through an impeachment of Donald Trump on this very issue? And now we’re holding hearings. They don’t quite understand that. The American people know that it’s politics as usual.’
His memoir, The Chiefs Chief, features a cover quote by Trump calling him a ‘great chief of staff.’
According to a blurb touting the book by its publisher: ‘You’ve heard the Fake News about President Trump’s harrowing final year in the White House. Now read the truth, written by the man who saw it all happen.’
The Meadows letter says it appears he was within the ‘vicinity’ of Trump on Jan. 6, and had communications with Trump and others ‘regarding the events at the Capitol’ and ‘are a witness concerning events that day.’
It also cites documents already obtained from the Justice Department, and states that ‘while you were the President’s Chief of Staff, you directly communicated with the highest officials at the Department of Justice requesting investigations into election fraud matters in several states.’
The panel seeks documents and testimony from Meadows.