Former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, one of the prominent names involved the Mississippi welfare fund scandal which also involves Brett Favre, has apparently, as the recruiter in Deadpool said to Wade Wilson, “finally hit f*** it.”
In a video released on Thursday, Bryant claims he is just a “whistleblower” who reported “wrongdoing of others.”
He made the video because he was forced to release all of his text messages after multiple news outlets argued in court that the public has a right to see them.
Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant just threw his coconspirators in the Brett Favre welfare scandal under the bus in a new video.#SaveMississippi
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— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) May 4, 2023
One of those news outlets that requested the release of the former governor’s texts, the Mississippi Free Press, has combed through the messages and discovered some very interesting information.
“Long before Prevacus became embroiled in Mississippi’s massive welfare fraud scandal, the drug company’s founder Jake VanLandingham and retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre sought the Trump White House’s help to fund its efforts to launch a new concussion drug, text messages former Gov. Phil Bryant released Thursday show,” the Mississippi Free Press report reads.
One text message shows that, on Nov. 26, 2018, Bryant sent a text to Favre asking if he wanted to speak at a rally with then-President Donald Trump for Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign that evening. Favre said he could not on such short notice, but asked Bryant to “tell the big chief I said hello” and that Trump had been “very nice to the family.”
Later in the conversation that day, Favre changed the subject.
“On a different note I invested in a company called Prevacus and it’s a drug that will treat concussions we need help politically to try to get FDA approval,” Farve wrote. The texts also show that he asked Bryant if he would speak with [Jake Vanlandingham, the founder of biomedical startup Prevacus], whose company is based in Tallahassee, Fla., and said they needed “funding to complete human trial studies.”
“Sure. Give him my cell and have him text or give me a call. Will be glad to help,” Bryant replied.
Later, on Jan. 10, 2019, texts reveal Bryant sent a text message to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum to try and set up a conversation with Brett Favre.
“Looking forward to talking w Brett,” Santorum replied to Bryant, who later texted Favre, telling him the Senator “knows how to work with FDA to get clearance for trials.”
On June 26, 2019, another text from Phil Bryant to Brett Favre says “the WH called and Trump wants you to come to the WH. I told them POTUS needed to take on Brain Injury as a mission and we would be there. 😁”
“Yes we will. Would love to,” Favre replied.
The former governor then asked Favre, “Could I get Jared Kushner to call you?”
Favre replied, “Sure. Brief me before he does so I know what to expect.”
A few months later, on Oct. 22, 2019, Bryant once again texted Favre about then-President Trump, asking the former quarterback if he would attend a Trump rally in Mississippi. Favre said the he would think about it.
“Perfect..the President asked me to make sure you were attending,” Bryant replied. “We need him to champion treatment of Brain Injuries among NFL players. He can make all the difference with your help…we have a cure.”
None of the concussion drugs, which were reportedly tested on dogs and children, Favre was seeking to get approved ever made it to market.
Brett Favre has claimed he is innocent of any and all accusations related to the Mississippi welfare scandal.
Read the entire, very in-depth story here.