Donald Trump Jr. texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows two days after the 2020 presidential election with strategies to reverse the outcome if Trump’s father loses, CNN reported Friday.
The text was broadcast two days before Joe Biden was declared the winner, according to CNN. It reportedly laid out strategies followed by then-President Donald Trump’s team in the months that followed as they spread misinformation about voter fraud and pressured state and federal officials to help with that effort.
The cable news network reported that Trump Jr.’s text “made explicit reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from confirming their findings.” It also suggested that if those measures don’t work, lawmakers in Congress could reject the election results and vote to keep President Trump in office.
Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan S. Futerfas, told CNN on Friday, “After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely came from someone else and was forwarded.”
CNN said Trump Jr.’s text was obtained by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Over the past week, the committee interviewed former President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Your virtual testimonies come closest to the former president.
Separately, Ali Alexander, a conservative activist who helped found the “Stop the Steal” movement, said Friday he had received a subpoena to appear before a grand jury of the Justice Department as part of the Justice Department’s full investigation into the riot to testify federally.
In a statement from his attorney, Alexander said the subpoena was looking for information about the “Save America Rally” being held in the Ellipse — hosted by the pro-Trump organization called Women for America First — attended by thousands before a surge Trump supporters had stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I don’t think I have any information that will be useful to them, but I’m cooperating as best I can and reiterating that I’m not a target because I haven’t done anything wrong,” he said.
Alexander appeared voluntarily for hours before the House panel investigating the riot in December in December and provided congressional investigators with a slew of documents and information about his communications with lawmakers.
In court documents, Alexander’s attorneys said he told congressional investigators that he remembered having “a few phone calls” with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and some text messages with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. to have exchanged. ahead of the January 6 rallies.
“I have done nothing wrong and have no evidence that anyone else had plans to commit illegal acts,” Alexander said. “I condemn anyone who planned to subvert my permitted event and the day’s other permitted events on Capitol grounds in order to stage counterproductive activities.”