President Donald Trump late Wednesday floated the idea of a special counsel to investigate election fraud allegations.
This is the first time Trump has on Twitter personally suggested the idea of a special counsel to investigate allegations of election fraud. It comes the same day as Attorney General William Barr's last day at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
In recent weeks, Trump has signaled that he was disappointed with Barr’s performance after the DOJ said it wasn’t able to find evidence of widespread election fraud. Barr told The Associated Press in late November that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” The DOJ later attempted to clarify Barr's remarks, saying that numerous news outlets published incorrect or misleading reports.
Sidney Powell?There has been speculation that lawyer Sidney Powell may be appointed as a special counsel to investigate election fraud allegations. The rumors emerged following media reports, citing anonymous sources, that said Trump had floated the idea of installing Powell into the position during a meeting at the White House with other senior aides and members of his legal team.
“Let me say definitively: Sidney Powell is not part of our legal team. She hasn’t been for five weeks. She is not a special counsel for the president. She does not speak for the president, nor does she speak for the administration,” Giuliani said during an interview on Monday with Newsmax.
Just a day prior, the president shared a lengthy video message to the nation online explaining why he is determined to pursue all legal and constitutional avenues to "stop the theft of the presidential election," and called on the American people to “raise their voices” and demand a thorough look into election irregularities.
“We won this election by a magnificent landslide, and the people of the United States know it. All over, they’re demonstrating, they’re angry, they’re fearful. We cannot allow a completely fraudulent election to stand.”
Trump said that one of his most solemn duties as president is to protect the integrity of Americans’ “sacred right to vote.”
“If this egregious fraud is not fully investigated and addressed, the 2020 election will forever be regarded as illegitimate and the most corrupt election in the history of our country,” he said.
“I think we need to seize a lot of these voting machines, because Antrim County, Michigan, these things had a 68 percent inaccuracy rate, according to an analysis done by a cyber-surveillance company,” Navarro said.