CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Republican U.S.Rep. Ralph Norman of Rock Hill sent text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows encouraging him to talk to then-President Trump about invoking martial law to stay in power, according to reports.

The online publication Talking Points Memo published the messages Monday night after Meadows turned them over to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

According to TPM, the messages feature conversations between Meadows and 34 different GOP members of Congress, some of whom are from the Carolinas.

The messages were all sent around the time of Jan. 6. TPM reviewed the text logs, which show North Carolina Reps. Ted Budd, Greg Murphy, Richard Hudson and Dan Bishop communicating with Meadows.

Budd, the incoming North Carolina senator, texted him about Dominion Voting’s machines and the company’s link to billionaire George Soros. Murphy texted him about another version of the state legislature strategy, emphasizing the importance of Republican legislatures moving to appoint pro-Trump electors. Bishop texted Meadows about his objection to the election results.

Norman sent out a statement on Tuesday addressing the leaked text.

“Obviously, martial law was never warranted,” he said. “That text came from a source of frustration, on the heels of countless unanswered questions about the integrity of the 2020 election, without any way to slow down and examine those issues prior to the inauguration of the newly elected president.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence was in Charlotte on Tuesday, and Queen City News asked him about the recently leaked messages between Meadows and GOP members of Congress. 

“I have not reviewed those reports,” Pence said. “But I will say Jan. 6 was a tragic day. But thanks to the courage of law enforcement at the Capitol and federal law enforcement, the violence was quelled and we were able to reconvene the Congress on the very same day, and I’ll always believe in my heart of hearts that we did our duty under the constitution of the United States and the laws of this country.”

QCN reached out to all North Carolina representatives listed in Meadows’ text logs but did not hear back from any of them.

In a press release on Tuesday, the York County Democratic Party called for Norman’s immediate resignation because of the messages.