Trump’s draft executive order would allow National Guard to seize voting machines

A draft of an executive order was prepared for then-President Donald Trump and obtained on Friday by Politico will authorize the Secretary of Defense to send National Guard troops to occupy voting machines across the country in the weeks following the 2020 election.

The order, which was never signed by Trump, would also appoint a special counsel “to conduct all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence gathered” and urges the secretary of state to The department issues a review 60 days after the action begins. will be fine after Trump leaves office on January 20, 2021.

The Politico article included a fax of the full order, but did not say how the news organization obtained the document or who it belonged to.

The draft executive order appears to be among the files the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is seeking to obtain from the National Archives.

The committee revealed what it was looking for in documents in court filings, and it included “a draft Executive Order on the subject of election integrity” and “a document containing the findings.” President’s actions regarding the security of the 2020 presidential election and ordering various actions. ”

Those documents were turned over to the committee this week after the US Supreme Court denied Trump’s request that it prevents documents from being transferred.

Representatives for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

It is not clear who wrote the draft text dated December 16, 2020 and titled, “SECURITY RESULTS FOR STORAGE AND ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION ABOUT THE YEAR GENERAL ELECTION 2020.” It opposes arguments made by attorney Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a December 18 meeting at the White House.

During the meeting, first reported by New York Times and then confirmed by NBC NewsTrump discussed appointing Powell, who has supported many bogus election conspiracies, as special counsel.

The draft order did not identify who Trump would call the special counsel, but referred to that person as “her”.

Powell could not be reached for comment.

The order also builds on the need to take unprecedented action on Powell’s debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud and foreign interference in the election.

It cites a “forensic report” backed by Powell that falsely accused the Dominion Voting System machines of “willfully and purposefully designed with inherent flaws to create systematic fraud.” system and influence the outcome of the election.” Dominion is sue Powell to slander.

Leigh Ann Caldwell, Pete Williams and Kyle Stewart contribute.

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