The revelation that Donald Trump Jr. sent text messages on Jan. 6 to Mark Meadows asking him to urge him to respond to the riot that was then transpiring in the U.S. Capitol. raises an interesting question: Why didn’t Don Jr. text his father? Mary Trump, the ex-president’s estranged niece, believes that Don Jr. was simply afraid.
According to text messages released Monday morning by the House select committee investigating insurrection, Trump Jr. was one of multiple conservative figures that pleaded with Meadows for then-President Donald Trump’s resignation.
“I wish that the answer you had given was the right one — caller ID. But in this particular instance, it’s simply cowardice because Donnie knew the message he was sending was a message his father did not want to hear,” Mary Trump replied when Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s Last Word asked why her cousin “Don Jr. texting Mark Meadows on Jan. 6 instead of calling his dad?”
Many believe that Meadows should be held in contempt by Congress because he refused to testify before the House Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol. To uncover his involvement, investigators read the text messages that the ex-White House chief of staff received via several Trump allies, including Fox News hosts and Donald Jr.
“He’s got to condemn this s— ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” said one text.
“We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand,” read another.
It is not clear whether Don Jr. kept in touch with his father or not, but it is evident that the younger Trump bought the idea that Meadows could convince the commander-in-chief to do something to prevent the upheaval.
“The question I have is how much was Mark Meadows pushing hard to get the truth to Donald, and my guess is not very hard at all,” Mary Trump said.
In a 51-page document, the committee argued for Meadows to be charged. It was released Sunday in connection to Meadows’ move to cease cooperating, including failing to appear for a deposition, after he had initially provided numerous documents about the violent attacks.
“Mr. Meadows was one of a relatively small group of people who witnessed the events of January 6 in the White House and with then-President Trump. Mr. Meadows was with or in the vicinity of then-President Trump on January 6 as he learned about the attack on the U.S. Capitol and decided whether to issue a statement that could stop the rioters,” the lawmakers stated in an official report.