WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows two days after the 2020 presidential election with strategies for overturning the result if Trump’s father loses, a reported CNN on Friday.
The text was sent two days before Joe Biden was declared the winner, according to CNN. He allegedly laid out strategies that then-President Donald Trump’s team pursued over the following months as they spread misinformation about voter fraud and pressure state and federal authorities to they contribute to this effort.
The Cable News Network reported that Trump Jr.’s text made “specific reference to filing lawsuits and promoting recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results.” He also suggested that if those measures don’t work, congressional lawmakers could throw out the election results and vote to keep President Trump in power.
Trump Jr. attorney Alan S. Futerfas in a Friday statement to CNN said, “After the election, Don received many messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message probably came from someone else and was forwarded.
CNN said Trump Jr.’s text was obtained by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Last week, the committee interviewed former President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner. Their virtual testimonials are the lawmakers closest to the former president.
Separately on Friday, Ali Alexander, a conservative activist who helped found the Stop the Steal movement, said he had received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in the Department of Justice’s extensive investigation. justice on the insurrection.
In a statement through his attorney, Alexander said the subpoena was for information about the ‘Save America Rally’ held at the Ellipse – organized by the nonprofit pro -Trump called Women for America First – which thousands had attended before a wave of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol on January 6.
“I don’t think I have any information that will be useful to them but I am cooperating as best I can by reiterating that I am not a target as I have done nothing wrong,” he said.
Alexander voluntarily appeared for hours in December before the House panel investigating the insurgency, providing congressional investigators with a wealth of documents and information about his communications with lawmakers.
In court papers, Alexander’s lawyers said he told congressional investigators he remembered having “a few phone conversations” with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, and exchanging text messages with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., ahead of the Jan. 6 rallies.
“I did nothing wrong and I don’t have any evidence that anyone else intended to commit any illegal acts,” Alexander said. “I denounce anyone who has planned to subvert my authorized event and the other authorized events of that day on the grounds of the Capitol to organize counterproductive activities.”