According to multiple reports, President Donald Trump plans to appoint attorney Sydney Powell as special counsel on election fraud.
President Trump reportedly met with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sydney Powell, and former Lt. General Michael Flynn on Friday.
During the meeting, the president considered making “Powell, who as a lawyer for his campaign team unleashed a series of conspiracy theories about a Venezuelan plot to rig voting machines in the United States, a special counsel investigating voter fraud,” The New York Times reported. “Most of his advisers opposed the idea, two of the people briefed on the discussion said, including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who in recent days sought to have the Department of Homeland Security join the campaign’s efforts to overturn Mr. Trump’s loss in the election.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and WH counsel Pat Cipollone repeatedly pushed back on the ideas that were being proposed which reportedly included Trump asking Flynn about “Flynn’s suggestion of deploying the military.”
The meeting sent shockwaves throughout President Trump’s inner circle of allies, who Powell allegedly accused of being “quitters.”
Powell “has repeatedly claimed there was widespread fraud, but several lawsuits she filed related to election fraud have been tossed out of court,” the Times noted. “Part of the White House meeting on Friday night was a discussion about an executive order to take control of voting machines to examine them, according to one of the people briefed. Mr. Giuliani has separately pressed the Department of Homeland Security to seize possession of voting machines as part of a push to overturn the results of the election, three people familiar with the discussion said. Mr. Giuliani was told the department does not have the authority to do such a thing.”