Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance on Sunday made the case that Donald Trump Jr’s texts to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about overturning the 2020 election results as votes were still being counted could end up being the “smoking gun” investigators are looking for to indict the former president’s son and others participants in the plot do subvert the constitution.
Vance’s assertion came during an interview on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” with host Jonathan Capehart, where she was asked about a CNN report that Trump Jr. was pitching suggestions to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on how to keep his after in power.
Vance called the texts “powerful evidence” that could be used in a criminal indictment.
“It feels like it could be a smoking gun,” Vance told Capehart.”This is two days after the election, the election result hasn’t been called yet, but Donald Trump Jr. is already acting on the assumption his father is going to lose the election and, of course, the entire predication that his father has for maintaining that everything he did after the election, up to and including the march on the Capitol, was legitimate was this notion that he had not legitimately lost the election.”
“So to the extent that this becomes a powerful piece of evidence that they were aware that they had lost, that they were aware it wasn’t fraud and they were going to have to come up with these alternate schemes, including fake slates of electors to get across the finish line, this really could be very powerful,” she concluded.
Watch the segment below: