WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. texted White House chief of employees Mark Meadows two days after the 2020 presidential election with methods for overturning the outcome if Trump’s father misplaced, CNN reported Friday.
The textual content was despatched two days earlier than Joe Biden was declared the winner, based on CNN. It reportedly laid out methods that then-President Donald Trump’s group pursued within the following months as they disseminated misinformation about election fraud and pressured state and federal officers to help in that effort.
The cable information community reported that Trump Jr.’s textual content made “specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results.” It additionally advised that if these measures didn’t work, lawmakers in Congress might dismiss the electoral outcomes and vote to maintain President Trump in workplace.
Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan S. Futerfas, in an announcement Friday to CNN, mentioned: “After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely originated from someone else and was forwarded.”
CNN mentioned the Trump Jr. textual content had been obtained by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. In the final week, the committee has interviewed former President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Their digital testimonies are the closest lawmakers have gotten to the previous president.
Separately on Friday, Ali Alexander, a conservative activist who helped discovered the “Stop the Steal” motion, mentioned he had acquired a subpoena to offer testimony to a federal grand jury as a part of the Justice Department’s large investigation into the rebellion.
In an announcement by way of his lawyer, Alexander mentioned the subpoena was in search of details about the “Save America Rally” that was held on the Ellipse — hosted by the pro-Trump nonprofit group referred to as Women for America First — which 1000’s had attended earlier than a surge of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I don’t believe I have information that will be useful to them but I’m cooperating as best I can further reiterating that I’m not a target because I did nothing wrong,” he mentioned.
Alexander voluntarily appeared for hours in December earlier than the House panel investigating the rebellion, offering congressional investigators with a slew of paperwork and details about his communications with lawmakers.
In courtroom paperwork, Alexander’s attorneys have mentioned he advised congressional investigators that he remembers having “a few phone conversations” with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and had exchanged some textual content messages with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., within the run-up to the Jan. 6 rallies.
“I did nothing wrong and I am not in possession of evidence that anyone else had plans to commit unlawful acts,” Alexander mentioned. “I denounce anyone who planned to subvert my permitted event and the other permitted events of that day on Capitol grounds to stage any counterproductive activities.”
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