White House official allegedly said National Guard troops would protect Trump supporters Jan. 6

A report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration chief of staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges that he said National Guard troops would keep President Donald Trump’s supporters safe Jan. 6.

In bullet points listing urgent questions for Meadows, the report by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot cites an email he is alleged to have sent Jan. 5 about the security of Trump supporters who would hit the streets the next day.

The recipient of the email is not identified.

“Mr. Meadows sent an email to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to ‘protect pro Trump people’ and that many more would be available on standby,” it said.

An attorney for Meadows did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The claim adds a different angle to the government response to the Jan. 6 violence.

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