Draft Trump order told defense chief to seize swing-state voting machines

Draft Trump order told defense chief to seize swing-state voting machines

Draft Trump order told defense chief to seize swing-state voting machines

Unpublished executive order, obtained by Politico, among documents provided to January 6 panel after court ruling

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In the heady days between Donald Trump’s defeat in November 2020 and the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, an executive order was prepared. It commanded the defense secretary to seize voting machines in battleground states, as part of Trump’s “big lie” that the vote was rigged.

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 January 6 violence, after the supreme court ruled this week that Trump could not shield himself from oversight on grounds of executive privilege.

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