According to a report by the New York Times, high-level Trump advisers are becoming concerned that Donald Trump has begun giving serious consideration to acting on wild conspiracy theories regarding his failed reelection bid.
At a White House meeting on Friday, Trump reportedly discussed making Sidney Powell a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to two people briefed on the discussion. You’ll recall Powell worked on behalf of Trump’s campaign team pushing a series of conspiracy theories about a Venezuelan plot to rig voting machines in the United States and more.
Senior advisers, including Rudy Giuliani and White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, were not keen on the ideas being presented.
Powell found herself being pushed out of Trump’s legal team recently after she floated wild claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, which were used in some states, somehow being connected to a Venezuelan plot to control the election.
Also in the mix is former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s wild talk of Trump invoking martial law and ordering the military to “rerun” the election.
And then there’s Giuliani’s scheme to have the Department of Homeland Security seize possession of voting machines as part of a push to overturn the results of the election. But Giuliani was informed Homeland Security does not have the authority to do such a thing.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan says that after years of covering the Trump administration, he “can’t recall hearing more intense concern from senior officials who are actually Trump people.”
I’ve been covering Donald Trump for a while. I can’t recall hearing more intense concern from senior officials who are actually Trump people. The Sidney Powell / Michael Flynn ideas are finding an enthusiastic audience at the top. https://t.co/NxjC0sUrzI
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) December 19, 2020