Who is Mark Meadows?
- Mark Meadows is a former White House chief of staff
- His top aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified in the sixth Jan 6 hearing on Tuesday
- He is the founding member of the Freedom Caucus
In her explosive testimony, Hutchinson said that on the morning of January 6, 2021, she saw Meadows and White House official Anthony Ornato having a conversation about Trump supporters carrying weapons to the Jan 6 rally.
According to her, Ornato told Meadows that "these f*ing people are fastening spears onto the ends of flagpoles.”
"Meadows was scrolling through his phone; I remember leaning against the doorway and saying, 'I just had an interesting conversation with Rudy, Mark. It sounds like we're going to go to the Capitol.' He didn't look up from his phone and said something to the effect of 'there's a lot going on, Cass, but I don't know, things might get real, real bad on Jan. 6," she recalled.
She further added that Meadows told her that “there's a lot going on, Cass, but I don't know, things might get real, real bad on Jan. 6."
Hutchinson served as the top aide of Mark Meadows, who was appointed as the 29th White House chief of staff in 2020.
Mark Randall Meadows was born on July 28, 1959, at a US Army hospital in France. He grew up in Florida, where he attended Florida State University and obtained a degree in Associate of Arts.
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Meadows, a member of the Republican Party, was the U.S. representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district between 2013 and 2020. He was the chairperson and the founding member of the Freedom Caucus between 2017 and 2019.
A close ally of former President Donald Trump, Meadows played a key role in the federal government shutdown of 2013.
On March 31, 2020, he resigned from Congress to become White House chief of staff.
On December 14, 2021, Meadows was held in criminal contempt of Congress because he refused to cooperate with the Jan 6 committee.