Explosive PowerPoint presentation detailing Trump’s election cancellation plan uncovered by January 6 committee

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A PowerPoint presentation that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows gave to the House of Representatives select committee investigating the January 6 insurgency alleged that China had effective control of the US voting machines and had called for the declaration of a “national security emergency” as a pretext to reject election results in several US states.

According to a letter to Mr. Meadows’ attorney from select committee chairman Bennie Thompson, Mr. Meadows handed a copy of the presentation, “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” to the committee before terminating to his cooperation with his investigation into the worst attacks on the Capitol since British troops burned it down in 1814.

Many of the actions recommended in the presentation – which Mr Meadows reportedly intended to deliver to members of Congress – also align with ideas put forward by other key allies of former President Donald Trump in hopes of keeping him. in the White House for a second term against the wishes of American voters.

In a tweet posted Thursday evening, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar called the document a “coup plan.”

“We have to take seriously the consequences this should have,” she said.

A spokesperson for the select committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the presentation of The independent, but committee vice-chair Liz Cheney wrote in a Twitter thread on Thursday that the committee had “received exceptionally interesting and important documents from a number of witnesses,” Meadows included.

The 36-page document, which was due to be presented to members of Congress before they meet in joint session to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory in 2020, opens with an allegation that the Chinese government ” has systematically taken control ”of the American elections. system through “compromised” electronic voting machines that could not be trusted to provide an accurate vote count.

He further singles out eight states – Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico – as having had their results corrupted by “national electoral fraud.”

The specific accusations about how the vote totals were ‘fixed’ in favor of Mr Biden are largely in line with a bag of outlandish and false claims promulgated by members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle during the period between November 7 – when most news organizations called the 2020 race for Mr. Biden – and January 6, when a crowd of Mr. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in the hope of preventing Congress from fulfilling its legal obligation to count the electoral votes of each state.

The presentation sets out a theory identical to that proposed by Trump campaign lawyers Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell at a now infamous press conference held at the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020.

At the time, Ms Powell alleged that she had discovered “the massive influence of Communist money across Venezuela, Cuba, and possibly China, in interfering with our elections here in the United States”, and further claimed – without providing evidence – that the voting machines manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems used software from another voting system builder, Smartmatic, both of which were developed “under the leadership of Hugo Chavez for s ‘ensure he never loses an election’.

The claims in this powerpoint slide match those made by Sidney Powell at an infamous November 19 press conference at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

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Nothing Ms Powell alleged about Dominion or Smartmatic had any basis in reality, and the two companies subsequently filed billion dollar libel lawsuits against her.

The presentation also makes recommendations that match the drastic demands made to a Defense Department official by Ms Powell, another former ally of Mr Trump, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Several slides present a scenario in which ballots in all 50 states were allegedly seized by the US Marshals Service and detained for a manual recount in 50 states conducted by “selected Federal National Guard units” under the supervision of a “Trusted master meter” to be named by Mr. Trump.

This slide presents a plan for Federal National Guard forces to oversee the ballot recount aimed at finding Mr. Trump as the winner in the 2020 election.

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Mr. Flynn, a retired three-star Army general who only lasted three weeks as Mr. Trump’s senior national security adviser, is said to have pushed a senior Defense Department official with whom he had previously worked to help him use National Guard units to reverse the election results. the old boss had lost.

In Betrayal: The Trump Show’s Final Act, Author Jonathan Karl reported that Mr. Flynn called then Acting Under Secretary of Defense Ezra Cohen in late 2020, just days after receiving a presidential pardon from Mr. Trump.

The ex-general reportedly told his former aide to return to Washington immediately after an official trip he was on.

“We need you,” Mr Flynn is said to have said before telling Mr Cohen he would need to get signed orders to seize the ballots and take “extraordinary measures … to prevent Democrats from stealing the elections”.

When the Defense Ministry official replied that the elections were “over” and it was “time to move on”, Mr. Flynn berated him for being a “resign” and argued that the elections “were not over”.

Another slide in the presentation alleges that a computer server in Frankfurt, Germany operated by a company called Scytl was used by “malicious actors” to tamper with election results.

Trump’s attorney, Sidney Powell, told a senior Defense Department official that CIA Director Gina Haspel was captured on a fictitious mission to capture the non-existent German server depicted on this slide .

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The alleged German server – which does not exist – was also in a call Ms Powell made to Mr Cohen’s private phone number – a number known only to the Pentagon and the White House – shortly after speaking with Mr. Flynn.

After Mr Cohen answered the unsolicited phone call, Ms Powell demanded that he “launch a special operations mission” to retrieve then Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel of Germany, where Ms Powell claimed she was being held after being injured on a secret mission. (which never actually happened) to recover the server (which did not exist) as part of a cover-up.

It is not clear to what extent Mr. Meadows or other Trump allies were able to influence someone in the Defense Department to take positive steps to implement the plans set out in the presentation, but another document that Mr. Meadows reportedly handed the committee – an email on “have the National Guard on standby” – can provide further information on this.

According to Mr. Thompson’s letter, that email – which was sent from Mr. Meadows’ personal email account – was dated January 5, a day before the attack on the Capitol.

In addition, one of the three “options for January 6” presented in the presentation corresponds to a proposal to postpone the certification of the results of the electoral college proposed by the senator of Texas Ted Cruz.

The third “January 6 option” listed on this slide is a plan presented by Texas Senator Ted Cruz

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The option, under which then-Vice President Mike Pence would have unilaterally delayed the certification of the 2020 election “to allow for a vetting and subsequent counting of all legal ballots,” fits the plan presented by Mr. Cruz in a press release on January 2.

Mr. Cruz, as well as Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and then-elected Senators Cynthia Lummis of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas , Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, proposed that instead of counting the electoral vote on January 6, Congress could “immediately appoint an electoral commission, with full powers of inquiry and establishment of facts, to carry out a 10-day emergency audit of the election results in the contested states ”.

Mr Lankford, who spoke in the Senate in favor of the delay plan when the pro-Trump mob forced Senators and House Pence into hiding, then dropped his support for a delay, as did Mr Johnson, Mrs. Blackburn and Mr. Daines.


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