News from July 21 on the hearings of January 6, day 8

Then-Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia wrote a memo to President Trump after the Capitol riot asking if the Cabinet could meet — a more formal plea than previously known, and a hint at how Trump appointees tried to confront him after the violence. .

On the morning of Jan. 7, 2021, “The most constructive thing I could think of was asking for a Cabinet meeting,” Scalia said in a taped interview that the House Select Committee aired. “I thought that trying to work within the administration to stabilize the ship was probably more valuable than resigning, after which I would have been powerless to really affect things within the administration.”

His memo to Trump was titled “Request for Cabinet Meeting,” the committee showed.

The documents said: ‘I think it is important to know that while you are president you will no longer publicly question the election results – after Wednesday no one can deny that this is harmful.’

“A Cabinet meeting is also an opportunity for us to discuss how the Cabinet and senior White House advisers, acting within our respective roles, can help you make the remaining important decisions of your administration. “, also indicates the note of Scalia.

Scalia also wrote that he believed “private citizens” had “served [Trump] wrong with their advice,” according to the document.

Former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone also briefed the committee on the Cabinet meeting discussion, and Mark Milley, then co-chairman of the chiefs of staff, spoke in his own interview about the concern of Cabinet members regarding Trump’s well-being.

Scalia did not appear to raise the possibility that the Cabinet would consider removing Trump from the presidency using the 25th Amendment, although it was raised by members of Congress at the time.

Still, a formal Cabinet meeting and the Cabinet making demands of Trump were serious steps within the executive branch.

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