Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows with ideas on how to overturn 2020 election: report

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Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, speaks during a Republican National Committee victory rally at Dalton Regional Airport on January 4, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia.Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows with ideas to overturn the 2020 election, CNN reported.

  • “We have multiple paths. We control them all,” read the text message sent on November 5, 2020.

  • The messages are in the possession of the committee as of January 6.

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows with ideas to overturn the 2020 results before most major news networks elections will be called, according to a cnn report published on Friday.

“It’s very simple,” Trump Jr. wrote in a text message to Meadows on Nov. 5, 2020, two days before major news networks declared Joe Biden the winner. “We have multiple paths. We control them all.”

The messages are part of a trove of records being examined by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, CNN reported.

Trump Jr.’s attorney disputed that the message in question was written by him.

“After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely originated from someone else and was forwarded,” Alan S. Futerfas told CNN.

Texts from Trump Jr. advanced. a version of attorney John Eastman’s six-point plan to overturn the 2020 election on the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.

Eastman had suggested, among other theories without legal basis, that Congress could reject the lists of Biden voters in the joint session and instead count those submitted by Trump supporters in seven states that voted for the Democrat.

The certificates, however, had no legal force or weight, since they had not been signed by a government official such as a governor or secretary of state, and thus were not included in any way in the joint session of Congress on 6 January 2021 to count electoral votes.

Legal scholar Matthew Seligman previously told Insider in a January 2022 interview that fake voters had about as much legal clout as “a bunch of people sitting in an Arby’s across the street from the Capitol building writing on a napkin.” .

The select committee of January 6 and the Department of Justice they are now investigating fraudulent voter lists.

Trump Jr.’s texts also referenced another of Eastman’s ideas for nullifying the election, which was for Congress to reject enough slates of voters that neither Trump nor Biden would have a majority of 270 electoral votes, forcing a contingent election where the House of Representatives Representatives would vote by state delegation to elect the president.

“Republicans control 28 states, Democrats 22 states,” Trump Jr. said. “Once again Trump wins.”

“Either we have a vote that WE control and WE win OR it is sent to Congress on January 6, 2021,” Trump Jr. said.

Trump Jr. also suggested that if none of those plans worked out, Congress could simply vote to reinstate Trump for a second term, which is not possible under any existing US election law.

“We have full leverage operating control,” Trump Jr wrote in a message to Meadows. “Moral High Ground POTUS must start second term now.”

A federal judge in California who ruled against Eastman in his attempt to protect the January 6 panel records it also found more likely that Trump committed a felony obstruction of Congress in his efforts to nullify the election, and that Trump and Eastman engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct Congress.

“Dr. Eastman has an unblemished record as an attorney and respectfully disagrees with the judge’s findings,” his attorney Charles Burnham told CNN in response to the ruling.

Trump Jr.’s text messages to Meadows also spoke of people he thought should be kicked out of the federal government.

“Fire Wray; Fire Fauci,” Trump Jr. wrote, referring to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who is subject to certain protections as a public official and cannot be unilaterally fired. by the president.

Trump Jr. also suggested that the Justice Department should “select a special prosecutor for the HardDrivefromHell Biden crime family.” an idea then-Attorney General Bill Barr rejected.

Meadows and his attorney voluntarily turned over some of Meadows’ text messages and communications to the committee before Meadows became uncooperative, leading Congress to refer him to the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress.

Other messages obtained by the committee included texts from Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who texted Meadows nearly 30 times. pushing conspiracy theories adjacent to Q-Anon and urging him not to concede the 2020 elections.

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