Lawyer Sidney Powell said that “it is more than sufficient to trigger” President Donald Trump’s executive order on foreign intervention released in 2018 due to suspected foreign interference in the Nov. 3 election.
In September 2018, Trump signed an executive order that says “not later than 45 days after the conclusion of a United States election, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the heads of any other appropriate executive departments and agencies (agencies), shall conduct an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government, has acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in that election.”
Powell told The Epoch Times she believes that executive order can give President Trump “all kinds of power … to do everything from seize assets to freeze things, demand the impoundment of the machines,” referring to voting machines.
“Under the emergency powers, he could even appoint a special prosecutor to look into this, which is exactly what needs to happen,” Powell added. “Every machine, every voting machine in the country should be impounded right now. There’s frankly more than enough criminal probable cause to justify that, for anybody who’s willing to address the law and the facts purely on the basis of truth and not politics, or corporate greed, or global wealth.”
For the past month, some including Maricopa County GOP Chair Linda Birickman and Powell, have claimed that the voting machines of Dominion Voting Systems have allowed the vote to be moved from Trump to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Dominion pushed back, arguing that it is not possible to change votes, also stating that it has no links to foreign governments and does not encourage its workers to participate in attempts to vote-tabulate.
Powell noted that National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe only has a few days left to prepare his report to the President in accordance with the September 2018 Executive Order. It is not clear when—or if—Ratcliffe will issue the report as no public confirmation has been given so far. Little reference has been made to the Executive Order since it was issued more than two years ago.
Should Ratcliffe issue his order, “It’s going to blow the mind of every citizen in the country who’s willing to look at the truth and the facts,” Powell remarked. “Because there’s never—we’ve never witnessed anything like this in the history of this country. And it’s got to be stopped right now or there will never be a free and fair election.”
Meanwhile, lawyer Lin Wool also tweeted: “I have seen ALL of the verified evidence to which Sidney Powellrefers in her lawsuits. It is time for extraordinary actions,” referring to the 2018 Executive Order.
The order also stipulates that “within 45 days of receiving the assessment and information,” the heads of the Department of Justice and Homeland Security and “any other appropriate agencies” shall deliver a report evaluating the U.S. general election.
That includes “the extent to which any foreign interference that targeted election infrastructure materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, the tabulation of votes, or the timely transmission of election results; and if any foreign interference involved activities targeting the infrastructure of, or pertaining to, a political organization, campaign, or candidate, the extent to which such activities materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, including by unauthorized access to, disclosure or threatened disclosure of, or alteration or falsification of, information or data,” it says.
In an interview yesterday, General Michael Flynn also noted that: “President Trump has to trigger his Executive Order of 2018”