Protecting voting rights isn’t enough to save democracy
Election law expert Richard L. Hasen on the problem of election subversion — and what can be done to stop it.The rejection of the legitimacy of the 2020 election by many Republicans has fueled widespread, state-level voter suppression campaigns and a growing effort to subvert America’s election system.
The draft executive order , obtained and published by Politico, was never sent and its author is unknown. It was part of a cache of documents handed over to the House committee investigating the 6 January violence, after the supreme court ruled this week that Trump could not shield himself from
Under the draft order , the defense secretary would have been required to carry out an assessment of the voting machines “no later than 60 days from commencement of operations”. That would have pushed the chaos that Trump assiduously attempted to sow around Joe Biden’s legitimate victory well
And under the 2018 EO , each of the entities engaging in this behavior will have all their assets seized by the U.S. Treasury. Translated into plain language, this means that Twitter, Facebook, CNN, the Washington Post, Google, MSNBC, etc., are all now able to be completely seized , shut down or
Log files and software evidence from the seized CIA servers in Frankfurt, which provides physical and intellectual proof that the CIA inserted hundreds of thousands of votes into the Dominion tabulation machines . All this evidence exists right now. Trump has it all. His speech lays the official groundwork
A draft executive order prepared for former President Donald Trump and obtained Friday by Politico 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. © Provided by NBC News
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 slated to leave office on Jan. 20.
King family to rally in Arizona for voting bills for MLK Day
PHOENIX (AP) — As the nation prepares to mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some members of his family are spending it in conservative-leaning Arizona to mobilize support for languishing federal voting rights legislation. Martin Luther King III; his wife, Arndrea Waters King; and their daughter Yolanda Renee King, 13, will take part Saturday in an on-the-ground campaign for voting rights in Phoenix. They will march with local activists and supporters from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, a predominantly Black church, and speak about the importance of “no celebration without legislation.
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Seize voting machines . Have Republicans count the ballots. Declare himself the winner with a Putin-sized overwhelming victory.
Confirming what @JDiamond1 saw, that Sidney Powell was back in the White House tonight. She was once again pitching an executive order on seizing voting machines to examine them, per a person with knowledge of the meeting. Unclear if POTUS is planning to go along with it.
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 rejected Trump's request that it block the documents from being handed over.
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A progressive law in the nation’s largest city seems to be a step too far for national Democrats.The law represents one of the biggest single expansions of voting rights in recent years, as well as an enormous victory for immigrants in the nation’s largest city. But Americans didn’t hear about it in Biden’s speech in Atlanta. Nor would they know about it from listening to congressional Democratic leaders who have championed both the party’s election overhaul and liberal treatment of immigrants.
On Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly discussed naming Powell as a special counsel to investigate conspiracy theories about voter fraud.
Powell was there to advocate an executive order that would allow for voting machines to be seized and examined, the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said, citing a source. It's not clear whether President Donald Trump supports the idea. But he is said to have discussed during a meeting Friday whether to name Powell as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud.
United States presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself.
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 entitled, "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 The New York Times and later confirmed by NBC News, Trump discussed naming Powell, who'd championed numerous bogus conspiracies about the election, as special counsel.
The draft order doesn't identify the person Trump would name as special counsel, but does refer to the person a "her."
Powell could not be reached for comment.
The order also bases the need for the unprecedented action on Powell's debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud and foreign interference in the election.
It cites a "forensic report" championed by Powell that falsely accused Dominion Voting System machines of being "intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results." Dominion is suing Powell for defamation.
Bogus election claims in Michigan end up in draft order to seize voting machines nationally, state official says .
Debunked election fraud claims made in Michigan by former President Donald Trump's legal team ended up in a draft executive order directing the military to seize voting machines nationally, the state's top election official said on Wednesday. © Kimberly White/Getty Images Jocelyn Benson at the SiriusXM Business Radio Broadcasts "Beyond The Game: Tackling Race" From Wharton San Francisco on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.