‘He Belongs in the Slammer’: Legal Experts Call For ‘Treason’ Charges Against Don Jr. After Text to Meadows Exposed
It seems that former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows had a pretty busy phone in the days leading up to January 6, 2021. The House committee investigating the events leading up to the Capitol riots keeps finding text messages to Meadows, and each is worse than the last.
In the latest discovery, the committee found that Donald Trump Junior had texted Meadows back in November.
Junior apparently felt that no matter what the actual results of the election were, he and his family (and Republican cohorts) controlled the outcome.
Two days after the presidential election in 2020, Trump Junior texted Meadows and laid out a plan for his father to retain the presidency: Just throw out the results in states controlled by Republicans.
In a text from November 5, 2020, Donald Junior texted Trump’s right-hand man:
It’s very simple. We have multiple paths. We control them all.
Junior went on to describe a plan in which “their” team would demand recounts and dispute results to the point that they would make the results of the election seem questionable. Then, after preventing states from certifying their own results, Team Trump would rely on Republican legislatures to put together pro-Trump electoral voters to come back and change state outcomes in swing states.
Junior texted Meadows:
Republicans control 28 states Democrats 22 states. Once again Trump wins.
“This sure looks like an illegal conspiracy,” said California Democrat Ted Lieu.
This sure looks like an illegal conspiracy.
(Yes I know that in legal terms a conspiracy is itself already illegal and the word illegal is redundant. But I wanted to say illegal again to emphasize how illegal Donald Trump Jr.’s actions appear to be). https://t.co/HN0yX6RCN1
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 8, 2022
Legal experts agreed. Richard Painter, the former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, said Junior “belongs in the slammer.”
This was an attempted putsch. He belongs in the slammer!
CNN Exclusive: 'We control them all': Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows detailed plan for overturning 2020 election before it was called – CNNPolitics https://t.co/UGwDld0tjo
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 8, 2022
Glenn Kirschner, a former Army prosecutor, said that Junior’s texts to Meadows were obvious proof that he was part of his father’s criminal conspiracy to overturn the election:
How long do we have to endure this open, treasonous criminality by Trump and company before someone gets indicted?
The “Subject” line of Don Jr.’s email might as well have been, “I’m a member of my father’s criminal conspiracy to overturn the election.” How long do we have to endure this open, treasonous criminality by Trump and company before someone gets indicted? https://t.co/P3Ubj8p5Ls
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 8, 2022
That’s an excellent question, Glenn. We look forward to seeing it answered soon.