According to a new bombshell report dropped by the New York Times, President Donald Trump allegedly met with attorney Sidney Powell and General Mike Flynn in the oval office to discuss his path forward relating to the 2020 election.
The report states that Powell and Flynn talked to President Trump about potentially deploying the military to conduct a “rerun” of the election in key swing states.
Rudy Giuliani was also present via conference call. Check out what the Times reported:
Most of his advisers opposed the idea, two of the people briefed on the discussion said, including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who in recent days sought to have the Department of Homeland Security join the campaign’s efforts to overturn Mr. Trump’s loss in the election.
Mr. Giuliani joined the discussion by phone, while Ms. Powell was at the White House for a meeting that became raucous at times, according to one of the people briefed on what took place. Other administration officials drifted in and out of the meeting, two of the people briefed said, and the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, pushed back on the ideas being proposed.
Ms. Powell accused other Trump advisers of being quitters, according to the people briefed.
It was unclear if Mr. Trump will move ahead with such a plan.
New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman gave more context on Twitter.
“The meeting got raucous, with various administration members drifting in and out and different people arguing. Powell told others they were quitters, people people briefed on the meeting,” Haberman tweeted.
“Adding to the story but two people briefed said Flynn was there as well for this meeting,” Haberman said. “During the meeting, the president asked about Flynn’s suggestion of deploying the military, those briefed said.”
“POTUS asked about possibility of Powell being given security clearances to pursue her theories, per people briefed on the meeting,” she added.
“In the president’s mind, “special counsel” is what DoJ made happen with Mueller, but what was being discussed was Powell working inside the White House – and Trump came very close to hiring her, per multiple people briefed.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 19, 2020
Flynn has been very vocal in response to the 2020 election. On Friday, Flynn spoke out against Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger who slammed him for previous comments he had made.
“No. The military will not be “deployed” to re-run an election,” Kinzinger said as he made it clear he would be surrendering to the Democrats. “It’s time for this to be shut down, and now. Gen. Flynn has lost his moral authority to be taken seriously, and the GOP needs to stand up to it. #RestoreOurGOP”
Flynn later responded, stating, “Study your history and the constitution.”
Study your history and the constitution.
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) December 18, 2020
Kinzinger was referring to a comment that Flynn made on Friday during an interview with Newsmax when he said President Donald Trump could deploy the military to “rerun” the 2020 election.
“He could order, within the swing states if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities and basically rerun an election each in those states,” Flynn said.
Flynn went on to state that using the military was “not unprecedented,” adding that people talk about it “like it’s something that we’ve never done.”
“Martial law has been instituted 64 times,” he added. “So I’m not calling for that. We have a constitutional process, and that has to be followed.”
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