Trump is reportedly meeting with Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, asking about martial law idea
President Trump held a heated, chaotic meeting in the Oval Office for several hours on Friday night, and senior White House officials attending were alarmed that Trump had extreme ideas to overthrow an election he won by more than seven million votes and Had lost 74 votes. Multiple sources reported to the New York Times, Axios and CNN. Frayed attorney Sidney Powell was there to advance her international conspiracy theory about voting machines, and recently pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn was also in attendance, the sources said.
Two days before the meeting, Flynn had suggested on Newsmax that Trump should essentially declare martial law and send the US military to "swing states" to "repeat" the elections. "At one point in Friday's meeting, Mr. Trump asked about this idea," the Times reported. "It wasn't clear whether Trump was in favor of the idea," adds CNN, "but others in the room forcibly pushed them back and shot them down."
Trump is reportedly seriously considering hiring Powell, who was ousted from his legal team a month ago, in a special role as a White House attorney with high-level security clearance. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, attorney Pat Cipollone, and others at the meeting vigorously pushed back against this idea and others, including Rudy Giuliani's plan to forcibly confiscate states' voting machines.
"It's basically Sidney versus everyone," a source familiar with the meeting told Axios. "That's why voices were raised. There is literally no mother in the President's entire orbit - his strongest group of supporters and allies - who doesn't believe Sidney Powell should be on that first rocket to Mars." "Powell left the white man's residence House just before 9:00 p.m. Sunday night, reports CNN. The Times’s Maggie Haberman added that Powell “re-issued a polling machine seizure order” but did not necessarily meet with Trump.
When Trump "retweeted threats to jail politicians and spends his time talking to conspirators who openly say that declaring martial law is no big deal, it's impossible not to worry how this ends, "a senior government official told Axios. "People who are worried and nervous are not the weak-kneed bureaucrats we loathe," but "people who arguably have endured more madness and chaos than any government official in history."
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