One of the documents the former Chief of Staff for the Former Guy (TFG), Mark Meadows, turned over to the House select committee investigating the 6 January Capitol attack recommended that TFG “declare a national security emergency in order to return himself to the presidency” and overthrow the will of the people and electors.
From The Guardian:
The PowerPoint, titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 Jan”, made several recommendations for Trump to pursue in order to retain the presidency for a second term on the basis of lies and debunked conspiracies about widespread election fraud.
How to retain power and overthrow the will of the people and electors:
- Senators and members of Congress should first be briefed about foreign interference.
- TFG then declares “a national emergency, declare all electronic voting invalid, and ask Congress to agree on a constitutionally acceptable remedy.”
- Seat Trump slates of electors over the objections of Democrats in key states.
- Reject the Biden slates of electors.
- Delay the certification to allow for a “vetting” and counting of only “legal paper ballots”.
From The New York Times:
A lawyer for Mr. Meadows, George J. Terwilliger III, said on Friday that Mr. Meadows provided the document to the committee because he merely received it by email in his inbox and did nothing with it.
“We produced the document because it wasn’t privileged,” Mr. Terwilliger said.
Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel and an influential voice in the movement to challenge the election, said on Friday from a bar he owns outside Austin, Texas, that he had circulated the document — titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” — among Mr. Trump’s allies and on Capitol Hill before the attack. Mr. Waldron said that he did not personally send the document to Mr. Meadows, but that it was possible someone on his team had passed it along to the former chief of staff.
It is unclear who prepared the PowerPoint, but it is similar to a 36-page document available online, and it appears to be based on the theories of Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a Texas entrepreneur and self-described inventor who has appeared with Mr. Waldron on podcasts discussing election fraud.