Many had predicted this and most people doubted it. Well, we’re at that point where Mr. Donald Trump is looking at the possibility of martial law to overturn the election results. He had a meeting on Friday to discuss the option.
Earlier this week, Flynn had indicated that as part of his attempts to reverse the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump might invoke martial law—an idea that emerged again during the meeting in the Oval Office, one of the people said. Whether Trump supported the idea was not obvious, but others in the room fought back strongly and shot it down.
On Friday, two people familiar with the matter, including lawyer Sidney Powell and her client, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, convened a tense meeting in the Oval Office, describing a session that started as an impromptu gathering but devolved and ultimately broke out into screaming matches as some of Trump’s aides pushed back on Powell and Flynn’s more outlandish martial law suggestion.
The New York Times first announced the meeting after it happened.
White House aides who attended the meeting, including White House staff chief Mark Meadows and counsel Pat Cipollone, also strongly pushed back on the proposal to appoint Powell as a special counsel to investigate claims of voter fraud allegations that Trump’s own administration has rejected (or, as seems more feasible, hiring her in the administration for some kind of investigatory role). Powell has based her conspiracies on voting machines and the suggestion of making a special counsel audit the machines for vulnerabilities has floated.
The meeting was characterized by one person as “ugly” as Powell and Flynn accused others of leaving the President as he tries to reverse the election results.
One of the sources said It was heated — people were really fighting it out in the Oval, really forceful about it,”
A growing sense of concern among Trump aides, including those who have weathered his previous controversies, was identified by one of the sources over what steps he would take next as his term comes to an end.
Shortly after that meeting, on Saturday, Trump’s campaign staff received a memo from the campaign legal team instructing them to retain all Dominion Voting Systems and Powell related records in anticipation of the company’s future lawsuit against the pro-Trump attorney.
The CNN memo refers to a letter sent this week by Dominion to Powell requesting that she publicly withdraw her claims and warn campaign staff not to alter, destroy or discard documents that might be important.
Within Trump’s campaign since the election, a severe internal rift has emerged with tensions at their peak between the campaign’s general counsel, Matt Morgan, who sent the memo Saturday, and Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. While the campaign once distanced itself from Powell, according to many people familiar with his comments, Trump has been encouraging other people to fight as she has. He asked more viewers on television to make her claims, which are mostly unfounded and riddled with conspiracy theories.
So if you were one of those that thought Trump would not resort to something as radical as this; remember what he has to lose. He has a lot of legal issues. He owes a lot of money. He could go to prison. Most importantly to him, his little feelings are hurt because he lost. Those are reasons why he is doing whatever it takes to stay in the White House.