Former FBI agent Peter Strzok suggested Saturday that Donald Trump Jr. was helped when he wrote to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows strategies for reversing the 2020 election results.
Strzok said during his interview Katie Fang Show on MSNBC that a January 6, 2021 investigation should investigate the man who helped Trump Jr. to come up with those texts with Meadows.
The former FBI agent said he thinks investigators, whether in Congress or the Justice Department, should question the former president’s son who he was talking to, adding that Trump Jr. has these “ideas” on his own. did not come with ,
“The question is, where did they come from? Is this part of a coordinated activity? It certainly appears to be what was played around January 6th,” Strzok said.
Asked if interviewing Trump Jr. is necessary and if there is enough evidence to reach an indictment, Strozok said there are some things that can’t be done quickly and it’s important for prosecutors and investigators to build up evidence. .
The former FBI agent said that to make the case “you have to collect the emails” and “you have to analyze the emails,” noting that “the hardest part of any crime in my experience is the show of intent.”
“You can satisfy other elements of guilt, but you need to be able to show that someone knew what they were doing was wrong and, in many cases, really complicated things like this.” ‘You must have someone inside,'” he said.
New text messages obtained by a January 6 House committee recently revealed that Trump Jr. plans to keep his father in office by asking Meadows to withhold authentication of election results in swing states through a lawsuit and demanding recounts. Then after casting doubts over the legitimacy of the election, the GOP-controlled legislature could bring a pro-Trump slate to the Electoral College, CNN reported Friday.
“It’s too easy,” the former president’s son texted Meadows on November 5, 2020. “We have many paths, we control them all.”
Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan S. Futerfas told CNN that the message was most likely to be forwarded. “After the election, Don received several messages from supporters and others. Judging by the date, this message probably came from someone else and was forwarded,” he said.
However, critics of Trump and some legal experts jumped on the reporting, arguing that it was more evidence of a “coup” attempt.
In his texts, Trump Jr. suggested that if neither Biden or his father had enough electoral votes, the House would vote by state delegation to choose the winner. “Republicans 28 states Democrats control 22 states,” he wrote. “Once again Trump wins.”
The texts prompted legal experts to demand his prosecution for trying to reverse the election results.
“It was an effort,” said Richard Painter, a law professor and former chief ethics attorney for former President George W. Bush, but said Twitter. “He’s in the slammer!”
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