The House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol has obtained text messages from Donald Trump, Jr. to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows laying out a plan for his father to stay in office despite losing the 2020 election.
"Two days after the 2020 presidential election, as votes were still being tallied, Donald Trump’s eldest son texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that “we have operational control” to ensure his father would get a second term, with Republican majorities in the US Senate and swing state legislatures, CNN has learned. In the text, which has not been previously reported, Donald Trump Jr. lays out ideas for keeping his father in power by subverting the Electoral College process, according to the message reviewed by CNN," the network reported.
“It’s very simple,” Trump Jr. texted Meadows. “We have multiple paths We control them all.”
Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan S. Futerfas said, "this message likely originated from someone else and was forwarded.”
CNN explained that "The November 5 text message outlines a strategy that is nearly identical to what allies of the former President attempted to carry out in the months that followed. Trump Jr. makes specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results, as well as having a handful of Republican state houses put forward slates of fake 'Trump electors.'"
SCOOP: Donald Trump Jr texted Mark Meadows on Nov. 5, 2020 -- before election was called -- pushing ideas to ensure 2nd term for his father, per records given to 1/6 committee.\n\n"We have multiple paths We control them all" \nw/ @ryanobles & @AnnieGrayerCNNhttp://www.cnn.com/2022/04/08/politics/donald-trump-jr-meadows-text/index.html\u00a0\u2026— Zachary Cohen (@Zachary Cohen) 1649445140
In the text, Trump Jr pushes for the firing of FBI director Chris Wray & replacing him w/ loyalist Richard Grenell. \n\nHe also calls for then-Attorney General Bill Barr to name a special prosecutor to investigate the "Biden crime family."http://www.cnn.com/2022/04/08/politics/donald-trump-jr-meadows-text/index.html\u00a0\u2026— Zachary Cohen (@Zachary Cohen) 1649445642
Trump Jr texted Meadows that overturning the 2020 election would be ‘very simple’ www.youtube.com