Donald Trump, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn meet with advisers at the White House to discuss election investigations and enacting martial law. The meeting lasts more than four hours and becomes an attempt by Powell, Flynn, and others to convince Trump to sabotage his own White House.
Others at the meeting early on include White House counsel Pat Cipollone, White House staff secretary Derek Lyons, administration official Emily Newman, and Patrick Byrne — the former CEO of Overstock who was in a relationship with Russian agent Maria Butina. Rudy Giuliani and Trump campaign lawyer Matt Morgan join via speaker phone. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows joins the conversation much later.
This is reportedly the first time that Trump and Byrne had ever met.
White House senior adviser Eric Herschmann is also joins the group to monitor the situation. It’s Herschmann who calls for White House counsel when Sidney Powell starts in on her ideas.
Part of the discussion involves giving Powell and her squad of conspiracists top-secret security clearances and naming Powell as special counsel in an investigation of voter fraud. She brought with her an affidavit that she claims will prove rigged voting machines were developed in Venezuela, the same machines used by Dominion. According to Powell, Dominion used the machines to flip the vote in one Georgia county. Trump won that county.
Trump also asks about declaring martial law, which Flynn began pushing at least three weeks ago. The idea is that Trump could order martial law in swing states and force a “redo” of the election. Reports say the discussion never includes the actual words “martial law” but the Powell/Flynn plan describes it in detail.
Another topic was weighing the possibility of using an executive order to seize voting machines for examination. Giuliani spoke with DHS about seizing voting machines the day before.
At some point, triggered by Herschmann’s disregard for Powell’s ideas, Michael Flynn almost goes off the deep end.
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