(TheRedWire.com) – In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump alleged there was widespread voter fraud. While Trump’s lawyers’ arguments didn’t persuade the courts, the former president must have felt compelled to find the smoking gun. Reports recently surfaced saying Trump offered several proposals on seizing voting machines in states believed to have had potential voter fraud and abuse.
In December 2020, President Trump’s advisors recommended the military take voting machines in swing states. Reports recently surfaced indicating the White House drafted an executive order telling the Secretary of Defense to gather the machines. After declining that option, one report stated the president told his personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, to discuss whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could legally acquire voting machines in several crucial swing states. Supposedly, Guiliani talked with acting DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, who stated he did not have the authority to seize voting machines.
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Some reports said Trump discussed potentially using the Department of Justice to round up the voting machines. If the federal government couldn’t take the voting machines for review, the president also encouraged state lawmakers in several battleground states to seize them using state law enforcement officials. Yet, the states chose not to fulfill the president’s request.
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