In an unreported text, Donald Trump Jr. offers ideas for maintaining his father’s power by overturning the process of the electoral college, according to a message reviewed by CNN. This text is in a record obtained by the House Select Commission, which was investigated on January 6, 2021.
“It’s very easy,” Trump Jr. sent a text message to Meadows on November 5, adding later in the same message:
In a statement to CNN, Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan S. Futerfas said, “After the election, Don received a number of messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message probably came from someone else. Was and was transferred. ”
Just before his text to Meadows explaining the multiple paths to challenge the election, Trump Jr. sent a text message to Meadows as follows: We are doing that. “
The November 5 text message outlines much the same strategy that the former president’s allies tried to implement in the coming months. Trump Jr. filed proceedings to prevent certain swing states from proving results, advocated recounting, and had a small number of Republican state legislators submit fake “Trump voters” slate. In particular.
According to Trump Jr.’s text, if that all fails, Congressional Republicans can vote to reinstall Trump as President on January 6th.
“We have total leverage in operations management,” the message reads. “Moral High Ground POTUS now needs to start Phase 2.”
The text from Trump Jr. has been revealed at several levels. This shows that the people closest to the former president had already exchanged views on how to overturn the election months before the January 6 riots and before all the votes were counted. .. It will take another two days for the major press to declare Joe Biden the winner on November 7.
This text also adds to the increasing body of evidence of how Trump’s inner circle was actively involved in discussing how to challenge election results.
On March 28, California’s federal judge, Judge David Carter, launched an “unprecedented” campaign for Mr. Trump to overthrow a democratic election with conservative lawyer John Eastman. He said he called it a “coup for legal theory.”
George Terwilliger, a lawyer at Meadows, declined to comment on the story. A spokesperson for the House Select Committee declined to comment.
Omen of Trump Campaign Strategy
In the weeks following the 2020 elections, Trump and his allies eventually filed more than 60 unsuccessful proceedings in major states and convinced the court that his allegations about the stolen elections were justified. It was neither allowed nor revealed evidence of widespread fraudulent voting.
They also sought various recounts based on those same unfounded fraudulent allegations. Many states recounted in the months following the election, but none of them revealed a serious scam that could change the outcome of the vote.
His text to The Meadows was personally discussed while Trump Jr. publicly promoted various fraudulent conspiracy theories and questioned the outcome in states such as Pennsylvania and Georgia. It is clear that there is.
In his text to The Meadows, Trump Jr. identifies two important dates in December that act as deadlines for the state to prove election results and force Congress to accept them. Dates are primarily rituals, but in his text, Trump Jr. seems to point them out as weaknesses that can be exploited by questioning the legitimacy of election results.
In search of Trump voters
The November 5th text to Trump Jr.’s Meadows came when a similar notion of dishonest voters began to publicly permeate conservative social media. Trump Jr. sent a text to Meadows at 12:51 pm, shortly after conservative radio host Mark Levine tweeted a similar idea and proposed that the Legislature have final decision on voters. ..
If the Secretary of State fails to prove the results, Trump Jr. should impose their advantages by having the Republican-controlled state legislature “intervene” and submit separate slate of “Trump voters.” Insist on Meadows in his text. ..
“The Republicans dominate Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and more, and have won Trump voters,” Trump Jr. added.
However, Trump Jr.’s text is to suggest a different electoral slate than the one chosen by voters if the State Capitol is the ultimate authority in the election and in fact this is a ritual process. It mentions an unverified legal theory that it can intervene in and the result is essentially a natural conclusion.
“This is an aggressive strategy: why the states of the State Capitol, managed by GA NC PENN and other Rs, have declared this to be BS (conflicts and elections are called that night). You can send your voters to the vote. Let them go to SCOTUS, “Perry’s text message read.
A Perry spokesman told CNN at the time that the former Secretary of Energy denied being the author of the text. However, several people who knew Rick Perry had previously confirmed to CNN that the phone number associated with the text message was Perry’s number.
“We control them all”
Trump Jr. will also voter’s will if Congress intervenes on January 6 and for some reason fails to secure enough voter votes to use state-based strategies to give Trump favorable results. Sends text to Meadows that it may overturn.
According to Trump Jr.’s text, the option did not have enough voter votes for Biden and Trump to be declared winners, prompting the House of Representatives to vote by delegations of the State party, with each state voting one vote. Includes scenarios to acquire.
“Republicans dominate 28 states and Democrats dominate 22 states,” Trump Jr.’s text. “Trump wins again.”
“We have the voting rights we control and we will win or be kicked by Congress on January 6, 2021,” he sends a text message to Meadows.
Eastman’s memo showed Vice President Mike Pence’s six-step plan to overturn Trump’s elections. This included discarding the results because the electoral colleges were competing in seven states. In fact, no state actually proposed an alternative voter. There were only Trump allies who claimed they were not authorized to be voters.
Eastman, summoned by the House Selection Commission and fighting to keep some of his records secret from investigators, may have been involved in a criminal plot with Trump to overturn the election by Carter. Was accused.
“Dr. Eastman has an intact record as a lawyer and respects and opposes the judge’s findings,” his lawyer Charles Burnham said in response to the judge’s decision.
Trump Jr. fires Ray to Meadows and pushes FBI to set up Loyalist
“Fire Wray; Fire Fauci,” he wrote, referring to FBI Secretary Christopher Ray and White House Coronavirus Adviser Anthony Fauci. Trump Jr. then proposes to appoint former Acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Glenn as Interim Secretary of the FBI and have then Attorney General Bill Barr “appoint a special counsel for the HardDrive from HellBiden criminal family.” ..
Ray remained in his post and Barr resigned in mid-December 2020 without appointing a special counsel to investigate Biden, but Trump Jr.’s text shows how unstable the Justice Department’s situation immediately after the election was. It emphasizes how warm it was.
The same applies to Trump Jr.’s recommendation that Meadows replace Ray with Grenelle. Not only does Grenelle lack the usual qualifications to lead the FBI, but he also has a solid track record of bidding for the former president.
After serving as Trump’s deputy Intel chief on a controversial three-month mission, Grenelle followed the path of the campaign in late 2020, facilitating unfounded claims in Trump’s widespread fraudulent elections. We helped with legal challenges in the swing state of Nevada.
On November 5, Biden maintained a slight lead over Trump in Nevada, but appeared ready to win six voters in the state. That same day, Grenelle and Trump campaign officials announced that they had filed a new proceeding to “stop counting illegal votes,” but did not provide evidence to support the rampant fraud allegations.
This story has been updated with new details in a text message sent by Trump Jr. to Meadows.
CNN’s Jamie Gangel and Tara Subramaniam contributed to this report.