Trump draft executive order would have authorized National Guard to seize voting machines

The order, which was obtained by Politico, was never signed by the former president.

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1/21/2022 11:39:00 PM

NEW: Draft executive order prepared for former President Trump would have authorized National Guard troops to seize voting machines around the country in the weeks following the 2020 election.

The order, which was obtained by Politico, was never signed by the former president.

Theorder, which was never signed by Trump, also would have appointed a special counsel"to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected," and calls on the defense secretary to release an assessment 60 days after the action started, which would have been well after Trump was set to leave office on Jan. 20, 2021.

The Politico article includes a facsimile of the full order, but does not say how the news organization obtained the document or whose possession it was in.The draft executive order appears to be among the files the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was seeking to obtain from the National Archives.

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Put his ass in jail Sound like something Hitler would do. Trump probably would have signed if he thought he wouldn’t go to jail for doing so. Excellent, now what about the Border? seanhannity 'Small govt' federalizes nat guard to steal ballot machines? That is a feature of dictators As “journalists” what will you do with this information? I’ll take a guess… nothing. As weakling Chuck Todd would undoubtedly say, “let’s leave there”.

🤦‍♀️ This is not about which party you belong to… this is about democracy and the blatant abuse of it! It’s not a Republican thing or a Democrat thing. This was one man’s ambition deemed more important than our system of government. Do anything, including illegal acts to stay in power. There is another name for that; Fascism, Dictatorship, etc

Horrifying

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Trump must be held accountable! Enough is enough! And would that hurt? For what reason would that hurt? What an idiot!! We heard him asking folks in Georgia to 'find votes' so this should not be surprising to anyone. These orders are always in place regardless of who is president. It’s part of Homeland Security’s emergency plan in the event of civil unrest during election time.

😡😡😡 'House Of Cards' influenced. Typical cheater method. He already made people recounted like 3 times during the election he LOST

Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machinesThe Jan. 6 select panel has obtained the draft order and a document titled 'Remarks on National Healing.' Both are reported here in detail for the first time.

If this was Obama he would've been on his third appeal by now. We heard that last year already.

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would have authorized the secretary of defense to send National Guard troops to seize voting machines around the country in the weeks following the 2020 election. The order , which was never signed by Trump, also would have appointed a special counsel"to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected," and calls on the defense secretary to release an assessment 60 days after the action started, which would have been well after Trump was set to leave office on Jan. 20, 2021. The Politico article includes a facsimile of the full order, but does not say how the news organization obtained the document or whose possession it was in. The draft executive order appears to be among the files the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was seeking to obtain from the National Archives. The committee had revealed what it sought in the documents in a court filing, and it included “a draft Executive Order on the topic of election integrity" and “a document containing presidential findings concerning the security of the 2020 presidential election and ordering various actions.” Those documents were handed over to the committee this week after the U.S. Supreme Court that it block the documents from being handed over. A representative of Trump did not respond to a request for comment. It is unclear who wrote the draft document, which is dated Dec. 16, 2020, and titled,"PRESIDENTIAL FINDINGS TO PRESERVE COLLECT AND ANALYZE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION." It parrots arguments that were made by lawyer Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a Dec. 18 meeting at the White House. In the meeting, which was first reported by