Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows ideas on how to overturn the 2020 election: report

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Donald Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows ideas to overturn the 2020 results before most major news networks had called the election, according to a CNN report published Friday.

“It’s very simple,” Trump Jr. wrote in a text message to Meadows on November 5, 2020, two days before the major news networks declared Joe Biden the winner. “We have multiple paths We control them all.”

The messages are part of a trove of records being examined by the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol siege, CNN reported.

Trump Jr.’s lawyer disputed that the message in question was written by him.

“After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely originated from someone else and was forwarded,” Alan S. Futerfas told CNN.

Eastman had suggested, among other legally baseless theories, that Congress could reject slates of Biden electors at the joint session and instead count those submitted by Trump supporters in seven states that voted for the Democrat.

The certificates, however, had no legal force or weight, since they had not been signed by a government official like a governor or secretary of state, and thus were not in any way included in the January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress to count electoral votes.

Legal scholar Matthew Seligman previously told Insider in a January 2022 interview that the fake electors had as much legal sway as “a bunch of people sitting in an Arby’s across the street from the Capitol building writing on a napkin.”

Trump Jr.’s texts also referenced another one of Eastman’s ideas for overturning the election, which was to have Congress reject enough slates of electors such that neither Trump nor Biden had a majority of 270 electoral votes, forcing a contingent election where the House of Representatives would vote by state delegation to elect the president.

“Republicans control 28 states Democrats 22 states,” Trump Jr. said. “Once again Trump wins.”

“We either have a vote WE control and WE win OR it gets kicked to Congress 6 January 2021,” Trump Jr said.

Trump Jr. also suggested that if none of those plans worked, Congress could simply vote to reinstall Trump for a second term, which is not possible under any existing US election laws.

“We have operational control Total leverage,” Trump Jr wrote in a message to Meadows. “Moral High Ground POTUS must start 2nd term now.”

“Dr. Eastman has an unblemished record as an attorney and respectfully disagrees with the judge’s findings,” his lawyer Charles Burnham told CNN in response to the ruling.

Trump Jr.’s texts to Meadows also discussed people he thought should be purged from the federal government.

“Fire Wray; Fire Fauci,” Trump Jr. wrote, referencing FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who is subject to certain protections as a civil servant and cannot be unilaterally fired by the president.

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