WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina appears to be a leading architect of ‘secret’ plans to combat the expected onslaught of (frivolous) investigations into President Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg News, which obtained ‘confidential documents’ outlining the Freedom Caucus Chairman’s plan to guard against the Blitzkrieg from the Left and position Republicans to take back the House in 2020.
“Investigations — My Plan to Counter” is one of the featured topics contained in a 28-page document prepared by Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, each page bearing a “confidential” watermark.
The document, obtained by Bloomberg News, provides an unusually candid look at how Republicans may attempt to counter plans by Democrats for an aggressive push to highlight what they see as failures and wrongdoing by the administration in advance of the 2020 elections.
In the opening page, Meadows writes he is “confident that with the right team and member engagement, our conference will be able to tactically play the Democrats’ politicized activities to our advantage.” He adds, “I believe I can position the committee as an effective platform to win back the House.”“
Meadows is currently Chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Government Operations, and was expected to be named the ranking Republican on that committee under the new Democratic majority. That would have placed him in a key position to push back against the Democrat’s endless smear campaigns against the president.
But Thursday it was revealed that Meadows will not be taking that position in the new congress, and his Freedom Caucus ally Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio will be taking it instead.
Considering the revelations in this document, perhaps Meadows is taking on a more behind the scenes role in crafting House Republican strategy. We know he has had the ear of President Trump for quite some time, and he has been adept at leveraging House Rules to employ tactical moves against Democrats and establishment types in his own party. To the latter point, he is largely credited with pushing former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to resign.
The document lists three areas that Republicans can even the playing field with respect to anticipated Democrat shenanigans:
- Describe the Democrats’ subpoenas as unreasonable, overly broad, onerous and designed to embarrass Trump. The document calls for “encouraging less-severe means of conducting investigations, like briefings, bipartisan letters, etc.”
- Argue that Democrats’ investigations raise concern over separation of powers. He wrote that he’d assert that “the Democrats are interfering too much with presidential duties and have encroached too far on the fundamental powers of the executive branch.”
- Create a GOP task force. Meadows said the expected overlap of Oversight, Judiciary and Intelligence Committee investigations by Democrats calls out for an informal Republican task force made up of members of those panels and party leaders, “for purposes of information sharing and strategy.”
While the outing of this confidential document by media seems aimed at undercutting these efforts, it doesn’t mean that these same strategies are without merit, or any less needed.
At the very least this document confirms what North Carolinians have known about Meadows – that he is a fighter when it comes to advancing the cause of conservative Republicans, and is adept at formulating plans to do just that. Even when the odds are stacked against him.
It also adds weight to the idea that the Republican Congressional Delegation from North Carolina is in a position of influence on Capitol Hill that stands to benefit the conservative constituents of our state when it comes to projecting common conservative sense into the Swamp.
Read more about Meadows’ plan, and the Democrats’ expected antics here.