[ Editor’s Note: This is some major coup plotting going on here. It will add to the growing mountain of evidence that once Trump lost the election, his team basically stopped governing and focused all of its efforts on throwing the election over.
I had wondered about the press reports of the Jan 6 committee’s interests in drafts of potential plans, thinking that distracted efforts away from what the insurrectionists finally did, and how and why.
But I see here in this story that at the top of the list was taking a path to cut the courts and judges out of the picture, going full military under the presidential chain of command, not only to look into issues, but to take actions where a judge could not step in to stop with a restraining order.
The Secretary of Defense would have been Trump’s blocking force. Obviously, Milley would not have gone along with the request, if it was actually made. But this gives us more material to show the ‘state of mind’ of the Trump Insurrection team, and why it is so important to get even plans that were not used into the Jan6 report record to show the depth of the plotting.
This will help justify the final report and recommendation for legislation to put firewalls in place where no disgruntled defeated president and cabal can inflict another insurrection upon the nation.
I am hoping that one of the conclusions is throwing the jurisdiction of litigation of such an event into the backlogged cauldron of the American justice system should be a no go, as its overwhelming case load renders it proceeding at a snail’s pace, when time is of the essence.
The good news is that the Archives got some of the requested Trump records to the Committee the day after the Supreme Court ruling. Hurrah for them! … Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 1, 2022
Rolling Stone: A draft executive order obtained by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack reveals President Donald Trump had a plan, which he did not enact, to order the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines in an attempt to stay in power after the January 20, 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden.
There was also a plan for Trump to deliver a conspiracy-theory filled speech announcing he was ordering the voting machines to be seized. It was titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
“I hereby order,” reads the draft executive order, dated December 16, 2020 and published Friday by Politico. “Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention,” citing a federal law.
Politico adds that “the draft order would have given the defense secretary 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election. That suggests it could have been a gambit to keep Trump in power until at least mid-February of 2021.”