Trump Considered Directing Pentagon To ‘Seize’ Voting Machines, Draft Order Shows

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A draft executive order obtained by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection shows Donald Trump considered seizing voting machines across the country after he lost the 2020 election, using debunked conspiracy theories as a pretext.

Following the seizure, to be overseen by the secretary of defense, Trump would have then appointed a special counsel to pursue “all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate,” a copy of the document obtained by Politico shows.

The never-issued order would have also instructed the defense secretary to issue a report on the 2020 election within 60 days. The executive order is dated Dec. 26, 2020, suggesting Trump would have used it to justify remaining in office through mid-February, well past the inauguration of his successor.

It’s unclear who authored the document, titled “PRESIDENTIAL FINDINGS TO PRESERVE COLLECT AND ANALYZE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION,” but it repeats many of the same conspiracy theories voiced by the former president’s closest advisers ― and the president himself.

An order to appoint a special counsel also aligns with a New York Times report on Dec. 19 that Trump was considering naming Sidney Powell to the position. Powell served as a lawyer for Trump’s campaign and was among several people close to Trump who spread the baseless lie that voting machines manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems were rigged to prevent Trump’s reelection.

The Jan. 6 panel subpoenaed Powell earlier this week along with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney. (Giuliani was suspended from practicing law last year for making “false and misleading statements” about the election.)

Dominion has since filed suit against Powell and is seeking $1.3 billion in damages for the “unprecedented harm” it says she caused via her “wild” allegations.

Contrary to the claims of Trump and his advisers, the 2020 presidential election was actually the “most secure in American history,” according to an assessment by the Department of Homeland Security conducted while Trump was still in office.

Judges have uniformly dismissed all of Trump’s lawsuits claiming voter fraud in the 2020 election.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-e ... 281f83defc

Just another reason to lock them all up.
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It's a draft, it's full of typos.
December 16, 2020

PRESIDENTIAL FINDINGS TO PRESERVE COLLECT AND ANALYZE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

By the authority vested in me as President of the United States pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including Article 2 section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, Executive Orders 123444, 143545, National Security Presidential Memoranda 14 and 21, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA) and all applicable Executive Orders derived therefrom, the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C.16011 et seq.) (NBA), and section 401 of title 4, United States Code:

I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, finnd that the forensic report of the Antrim County, Michigan voting machines, released December 14, 2020, and other evidence submitteed to me in support of this order, provide probable cause sufficcient to require action under the authorities cited above because of evidence of international and foreign interference in the November 4, 2020, election. Dominion Voting Systems and related companies are owned or heavily controlled and influuenced by foreign agents, countries, and interests. Thee forensic report prepared by experts found that "the Dominion Voting System is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influuence election results. Thee system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors. Thee intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail. Theis leads to voter or election fraud." Thee report found the election management system to be wrought with unacceptable and unlawful vulnerabilities––including access to the internet––probable cause to finnd evidence of fraud, and numerous malicious actions.

Theere is also probable cause to finnd that Dominion Voting Systems, Smartmatic, Electronic Systems & Softwware, and Hart Inter Civic, Clarity Election Night Reporting, Edison Research, Sequoia, Scytl, and similar or related entities, agents or assigns, have the same fluaws and were subject to foreign interference in the 2020 election in the United States. Theere is probable cause to finnd these systems bear the same crucial code "features" and defects that allowed the same outside and foreign interference in our election, in which there is probable cause to finnd votes were in fact altered and manipulated contrary to the will of the voters.

Dominion Voting Systems is based in Toronto, Canada, and assigns its intellectual property including patents on its finrmware and softwware to Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC), a bank with its foundation in China and its current headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Thee Dominion Voting system is owned and controlled by foreign entities. Multiple expert witnesses and cyber experts identifined acts of foreign interference in the election prior to November 4, 2020 and continued in the following weeks. In fact, there is probable cause to finnd a massive cyber-atteack by foreign interests on our crucial national infrastructure surrounding our election––not the least of which was the hacking of the voter registration system by Iran. (B.O. 143500 of May 11. 2017)

Just days prior to the election of November 3, 2020, federal Judge Totenberg found, aftwer three days of testimony including by Dominion executive Eric Coomers: Theere are "true risks posed by the new BMD [Ballot Marking Device of Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems] voting system as well as its manner implementation. Theese of the Defendants' and Dominion's stance here in evaluation and management of the security and vulnerability of the BMD system does not benefint the public or citizens' confindent exercise of the franchise. Thee stealth vote alteration or operational interference risks posed by malware that can be effeectively invisible to detection, whether intentionally seeded or not, are high once implanted, if equipment and softwware systems are not properly protected, implemented, and audited. Thee modality of the BMD systems' capacity to deprive voters of their cast votes without burden, long wait times, and insecurity regarding how their votes are actually cast and recorded in the unverifined QR code makes the potential constitutional deprivation less transparently visible as well, at least until any portions of the system implode because of system breach, breakdown, or crashes. Any operational shortcuts now in setteing up or running election equipment or softwware creates other risks that can adversely impact the voting process.

"Thee Plaintiffes' national cybersecurity experts convincingly present evidence that this is not a question of "right this actually ever happen?" - but *when it will happen, especially if further protective measures are not taken. Given the masking nature of malware and the current systems described here, if the State and Dominion simply stand by and say, "we have never seen it." the future does not bode well. "Still, this is year one for Georgia in implementation of this new BMD system as the finrst state in the nation to embrace statewide implementation of this QR barcode-based BMD system for its entire population. Electoral dysfunction - cyber or otherwise - should not be desired as a mode of proof. It may well land unfortunately on the State's doorstep. Thee Court certainly hopes not." [FOOTNOTE 1: Case 1:17-cv-023T5T-AT Document T64 Filed 10/11/20 Page 146 of 147] And, yet it did. Every defect and hazard of which Judge Totenberg warned happened in Georgia. Witnesses in Georgia have provided evidence of crashes, the replacement of a server, impermissible updates to the system, connections to the internet, and both Coffeee and Ware counties have identifined a signifincant percentage of votes being wrongly allocated contrary to the will of the voter. Coffeee County Georgia has refused to certify its result.

Accordingly, I hereby order: (1) Effeective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention under United States Code Title 42, Sections 1T74-1T74(e), including but not limited to those identifined in footnote 1. Thee Secretary of Defense has discretion to determine the interdiction of national critical infrastructure supporting federal elections. Designated locations will be identifined in the operation order. (2) Within 7 days of commencement of operations, the initial assessment must be provided to the Officce of the Director of National Intelligence. Thee finnal assessment must be provided to the Officce of the Director of National Intelligence no later than 60 days from commencement of operations. (3) Thee Director of National Intelligence shall deliver this assessment and appropriate supporting information to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Atteorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security. (4) A direct liaison to be authorized to coordinate as required between the applicable U.S.

Departments and Agencies. (5) Thee Secretary of Defense may select by name or by unit federalization of appropriate National Guard support. (6) Thee Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security will coordinate support requirements as needed from the Department of Homeland Security. (7) Thee appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee this operation and institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected and provided all resources necessary to carry out her duties consistent with federal laws and the Constitution.

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DONALD J. TRUMP
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... an-6-draft


If Trump signed it, it would have been in federal district court in DC in a New York Minute and an injunction would have been issued prohibiting DOD and any other feds from enforcing it. There would probably have been multiple injunctions issued across the US.
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CDFingers wrote: Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:56 am We should direct the Pentagon to seize him, that little orange shit.

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They don't want him, although if he was declared a terrorist for the Jan. 6 capital fiasco, we could send him to GITMO and let him participate in water sports.
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INVICTVS138 wrote: Tue Jan 25, 2022 6:44 pm Rule #1 of officership. Never give an order you know will never be obeyed.

Those clowns in the Orange White House had a complete misunderstanding of the Senior DoD culture and military officers; crazy, mike Flynn excepted.


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I hope you mean Mike Flynn knew better, but still tried to overthrow the U.S Government.

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Capnzap wrote:
INVICTVS138 wrote: Tue Jan 25, 2022 6:44 pm Rule #1 of officership. Never give an order you know will never be obeyed.

Those clowns in the Orange White House had a complete misunderstanding of the Senior DoD culture and military officers; crazy, mike Flynn excepted.


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I hope you mean Mike Flynn knew better, but still tried to overthrow the U.S Government.
I don’t know what is going on with that guy. DoD senior leaders & General officers get ethics training, leadership & rule of law training out the wazoo. He’s a washed up, has been crack pot. You’ll notice they didn’t call up Mattis or Kelly - both former Trump officials to advise on the coup attempt.

In fact, at that point (Dec 2020) Trump had recently fired Mark Esper the Sec Def and replaced him with some trump chump. A hack like that isn’t going to have any credibility with the JCS.


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Gen."The Monk" Mattis would probably tell them if they even try that nonsense he would call up the 1st Marine Division and kick their ass for trying such a stunt.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.-Huxley
"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." ~ Louis Brandeis,

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from a tweet by Raskin
Rep. Jamie Raskin on Trump to CNN: "We have filled in a lot more evidence that he wasn't just inciting an insurrection, he was working to organize a coup against the democracy ... I can't imagine that the Dept. of Justice would not have evidence at this point to that effect."
Dun dun duunnnn

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