And first lady Melania Trump has told the president that it is time to accept the loss of the election, a separate source familiar with the talks told CNN on Sunday.
Although the first lady did not publicly comment on the election, she interfered with her opinion privately, the source said. “She offered it, as she often does,” the source said.
Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller denied in a tweet on Sunday morning that Kushner had reached out to Trump even though CNN stood by his coverage. “That story is not true,” said Miller. “Jared advised @realDonaldTrump to use all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy.”
“I will not rest until the American people have the honest number of votes that they deserve and that democracy demands,” Trump said in the statement declaring that the campaign’s litigation will begin on Monday.
Biden-Harris deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said Saturday night that there had been no communication between Biden and Trump or between representatives of both campaigns as the race was scheduled earlier in the day.
And Biden’s senior advisor Symone Sanders, CNN’s Jake Tapper told State of The Union on Sunday that “a number of Republicans from the Hill have contacted,” but said, “I don’t think anyone from the White House did this. “”
Meanwhile, on Sunday, some members of Trump’s party spoke out against the president who had granted the election and urged him not to do so.
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the president’s closest allies in the Senate, said during an interview on Fox News that “the president should not admit”.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who was also Trump’s one-time main competitor, also advised against a concession, saying it was “premature”.
And Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, would not recognize on Sunday that Biden is the president-elect, and both the legal challenges launched by Trump’s attorneys in states across the country and the ongoing ones Give the process of counting votes as reasons.
Trump’s grown sons are driving the fight forward
Beyond the public stance on social media, both Don Jr. and Eric Trump dug their heels to get broad GOP support for contesting the election results and telling allies that they truly believe the election was fraudulent.
In recent talks, Eric Trump has told his allies that he believed the election was “stolen from us,” according to a source familiar with his comments, and vowed to fight to discard the results.
And in the days since Don Jr. called on Republicans – and “GOP hopefuls of 2024” in particular – to insufficiently support the president’s claims, the eldest son has lobbied senators and governors to make supportive statements, according to the report from people familiar with the conversations.
So far, there has been only a moderate wave of outward Republican support, although some – including House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and House whip Steve Scalise – said the president’s legal maneuvers must be resolved before the election is scheduled can. And South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who is reportedly considering a run in 2024, appeared on ABC Sunday to say the president deserves his day in court.
Many other Republicans are also frustrated with the print campaign and lack of evidence of electoral fraud that the Trump team has presented so far. Some prominent Republicans are calling on the president’s team to shut up.
But Trump’s sons are not alone in encouraging the president to wage a legal war rather than admit it. Meadows, along with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, is said to encourage former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and longtime political advisers to the president, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a tedious legal battle.
The president has privately expressed frustration that some Republican leaders appear poised to pull away from his race to focus on the Georgia elections. Those familiar with the conversations said they insisted on him instead.
This headline and story have been updated with additional reports.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly, Betsy Klein, Keith Allen, Chandelis Duster, Devan Cole and Ali Main contributed to this report.