In the days immediately following the 2020 election, Donald Trump Jr. openly discussed with a senior White House official a detailed plan to “control” who was declared the ultimate winner of the presidential contest, according to text messages recovered in the Congressional investigation dated January 6 were uncovered.
“We have operational control,” Mr Trump told then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows two days after the election, while final vote numbers were still being certified by each state.
“We have several ways. We control them all (sic),” he added, according to CNN. who reported the reports first.
In the texts Mr. Meadows has ever responded to, the former president’s son describes a strategy whereby Republican-controlled state legislatures and U.S. senators could turn the electoral college’s ultimate tally into a Trump victory, regardless of what voters chose.
“This is what we need to do, please read it and please pass it on to anyone who needs to see it because I’m not sure we do,” Donald Trump Jr. added elsewhere in the lyrics added.
His attorney claimed the text messages could have been written by someone else.
“After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely came from someone else and was forwarded,” attorney Alan S. Futerfas told CNN.
Mr Meadows’ lawyer has declined media attempts to solicit comment on the story.
The Independent has reached out to former President Donald Trump for comment.
The texts are the latest shocking revelation from the committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, in which a mob of Trump supporters ransacked the US Capitol to stop Congressional confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory.
In another bundle of messages, Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of current US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, urged Mr Meadows to “robbery‘ of the election by the Biden crime family and included claims that right-wing conspiracy theories about the election were being repeated.
Although Donald Trump and his supporters frequently claim the election was “rigged” by Democrats, they have now been directly linked to multiple attempts to influence the election process.
In January, a Georgia judge authorized a special grand jury into the criminal investigation into the former president’s behavior during the state election, including a recorded call by Mr Trump pressuring Georgia election officials to him help.Find” enough votes to win the state.
The Trump campaign and its allies filed more than 60 lawsuits challenging the election results and pushed for recounts in a variety of states, none of which produced any evidence that Mr. Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 election.