According to multiple sources familiar with the January 6 Committee probe, the panel members inquiring about the 6th January insurrection on the United States Capitol believe that James Richard Perry, former Governor of Texas and Donald Trump Energy Secretary, was the author of a text message delivered to Mark Meadows, ex-White House Chief of Staff, the day after the 2020 Presidential election pushing an ‘Agressive(sic) Strategy’ for three state legislatures to ignore the will of their supporters and deliver electors of their states to Mr. Trump.
A spokesman for Rick Perry told CNN that Mr. Perry denies being the author of the text message. Multiple people who know the former Governor of Texas confirmed to the outlet that the cell phone number the panel has associated with that text is Perry’s number.
The November 4, 2020 text message was part of the more than 9000 pages of documents Mark Meadows provided to the panel earlier in December as part of the panel’s inquiry into Meadow’s part in the deadly Capitol riot.
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The cell number the text message was delivered from, obtained from a source knowledgeable regarding the inquiry, appears in databases registered as Texas’ James Richard Perry. Moreover, the phone number is associated in a second database as registered to a Department of Energy e-mail address linked with Rick Perry when he was secretary. However, when told of these actualities, the spokesman had no description.
Rep. Jamie Raskin Presented Text Message On The House Floor
The House Select Panel declined to give any comment on the author of the text message.
A Maryland Democrat, Rep. Jamie Raskin, was the first to present the text message publicly on the floor of the House on Tuesday.
The text suggested an ‘Agressive [sic] Strategy’ for former White House Chief of Staff to pursue; Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and other closely contested states with GOP state legislatures should call the 2020 presidential election ‘BS’ and “send their own electors to vote and have it go to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Additionally, Raskin cited the message in the debate over holding ex-White House Chief in criminal contempt of the United States Congress, using it as an example of proof that needed more explanation from Mr. Meadows, which Meadows is declining to provide.
Raskin asked about this text influence the planning of Donald Trump and Mark Meadows to attempt to destroy the legal electoral college majority that had been established by the people of the U.S. and the states for Mr. Biden. Those are the kinds of queries they’ve a right to ask Mr. Meadows.
The text message to former White House Chief of Staff suggests a willingness to force a constitutional disaster to undermine the 2020 election even before all the lawful votes had been tallied. The final outcomes from Georgia and Pennsylvania did not come for days; Donald Trump ultimately gained North Carolina.
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