CNN: Text from Trump Jr. showcases ideas to nullify the 2020 election – Boston News, Weather, Sports



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WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump Jr. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows two days after the 2020 presidential election with strategies to reverse the vote if Trump’s father loses, CNN reported Friday.

The text was sent two days before Joe Biden was declared the winner, according to CNN. It reportedly outlined strategies then-President Donald Trump’s team followed in the ensuing months as they spread misinformation about electoral fraud and pressured state and federal officials to assist in that effort.

The cable news network reported that Trump Jr. “specifically refers to filing lawsuits and advocating for recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results.” It also suggested that if those measures didn’t work, lawmakers in Congress could reject the election results and vote to keep President Trump in office.

Trump Jr.’s attorney Alan S. Futerfas said in a statement to CNN on Friday: “After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message probably came from someone else and was forwarded.”

CNN said Trump Jr. was obtained by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack. In the past week, the commission interviewed former President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner. Their virtual testimonials are the closest thing to the former president.

Separately on Friday, Ali Alexander, a conservative activist who helped found the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he had been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury as part of the Justice Department’s wide-ranging investigation. to the uprising.

In a statement through his attorney, Alexander said the subpoena sought information about the “Save America Rally” being held at the Ellipse — organized by the pro-Trump nonprofit called Women for America First — that thousands had attended before a wave of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol on January 6.

“I don’t believe I have any information that will be helpful to them, but I’m cooperating as best I can and reiterating that I’m not a target because I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

Alexander volunteered to appear before the House panel investigating the insurgency in December, providing congressional investigators with a slew of documents and information about his communications with lawmakers.

In court documents, Alexander’s attorneys have said he told congressional investigators that he remembers having “a few phone calls” with Representative Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and exchanging some text messages with Representative Mo Brooks. , R-Ala., leading up to the January 6 rallies.

“I did nothing wrong and I have no evidence that anyone else planned to commit illegal acts,” Alexander said. “I condemn anyone who intended to undermine my permitted event and the other permitted events of the day on the Capitol grounds in order to stage counterproductive activities.”

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