Former Texas Governor and Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry was the author of a text message sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows the day after the 2020 election pushing an “AGRESSIVE (sic) STRATEGY” for three state legislatures to ignore the will of their voters and deliver their states’ electors to Donald Trump, three sources familiar with the House Select Committee investigation told CNN on Friday.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, became the Secretary of Energy for President Trump from 2017-2019. An unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, Perry in 2015 described the candidacy of then-rival Trump as “a cancer on conservatism” that “will destroy a set of principles.”
The text was first presented publicly on the House floor Tuesday night by Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, and reads: “HERE’s an AGRESSIVE (sic) STRATEGY: Why can t (sic) the states of GA NC PENN and other R controlled state houses declare this is BS (where conflicts and election not called that night) and just send their own electors to vote and have it go to the SCOTUS.” Raskin cited the text in the debate over holding Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress, using it as an example of evidence that needed further explanation from Meadows, which the former chief of staff is refusing to provide.
This just in: Rick Perry is a traitor to this country.
— Col. Robert Neville, M.D., Apocalypse Survivor (@Benno_Tallent) December 17, 2021
The cell phone number the text was sent from, obtained from a source knowledgeable about the investigation, appears in databases as being registered to James Richard Perry of Texas, the former governor’s full name. The number is also associated in a second database as registered to a Department of Energy email address associated with Perry when he was secretary. When told of these facts, the spokesman had no explanation.
Rick Perry, the guy who barely passed a class called “Meats” at Texas A&M, tried to overthrow our government.
Lock him up with the QAnon shaman and let them eat quinoa burgers forever pic.twitter.com/Co5HE1gXvu
— connectpoliticditto. (@cpoliticditto) December 18, 2021
The November 4, 2020, text message from Perry’s phone garnered a great deal of attention this week; it was included in a tranche of roughly 6,000 documents Meadows turned over to the House Select Committee, who declined to comment on the identity of the text’s sender.
Good morning if you know that Rick Perry was the guy involved in the insurrection…and NOT the lead singer of Journey!
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) December 18, 2021
A spokesman for Perry told CNN that the former Energy Secretary denies being the author of the text. Multiple people who know Rick Perry confirmed to CNN that the phone number the committee has associated with that text message is Perry’s number.