Donald Trump seriously considered outright seizing election materials and equipment from at least six swing states after the 2020 Election in his witch hunt for evidence of election fraud according to a document turned over to the House January 6th Committee.
The Capitol insurrection on January 6th came about partly in response to Trump’s countless lies about election fraud. The courts debunked his lies due to an utter lack of actual evidence. Independent investigators have also found zero evidence of election fraud, and even a right-wing company hired by Trump supporters in Arizona to find election fraud came up empty, even finding that President Joe Biden should have won more votes.
The evidence is indisputable that Biden won the 2020 Election and Trump lost. But part of Trump’s scheme to overturn the election and stay in power included potentially seizing the election materials and equipment, all of which Trump and his team of fixers could have tampered with had they got their hands on them in order to proclaim Trump the winner. The document is a part of a trove released to the committee by Trump minion Bernie Kerik.
According to Politico:
Among the withheld documents is one titled “DRAFT LETTER FROM POTUS TO SEIZE EVIDENCE IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THE 2020 ELECTIONS.” Kerik’s attorney Timothy Parlatore provided the privilege log to the panel, which said the file originated on Dec. 17, a day before Trump huddled in the Oval Office with advisers including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, where they discussed the option of seizing election equipment in states whose results Trump was attempting to overturn.
Flynn had previously suggested Trump could declare martial law and use the military to forcibly seize election materials and equipment and hold a new election.
Using national security as an excuse to justify seizing election materials and equipment in a bid to stay in power is precisely why Trump and the GOP should never be allowed to control the White House again. They are too dangerous to our democracy to be given that kind of power and they would obviously stoop to any means to remain in power, especially since the Justice Department has basically laid down and rolled over rather than punish those who are involved in the coup attempt.
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