Washington – President Donald Trump held a meeting at the White House on Friday evening in which he discussed the idea of naming Appellate Attorney Sydney Powell as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud in the election, a person familiar with the meeting NBC News confirmed.
Pavel, White House counsel Pat Cipollon and chief of staff Mark Meadows attended the meeting, as did retired Lt. General Michael Flynn. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended over the phone. The meeting was first reported by The New York Times.
Powell’s conspiracy theories about the election received a strong push from other allies at the meeting. A person familiar with the meeting said that Meadows and Cipollon had to cut the meeting because it was going in a dangerous direction.
The White House declined to comment. Giuliani and Powell, who is also Flynn’s lawyer, did not respond to requests for comment.
Powell was involved in various election lawsuits for the Trump Legal Team, most of which have been unsuccessful.
Flynn, who was recently pardoned, is publicly pushing Trump to declare martial law. He told conservative outlet Newsmax on Thursday that Trump should immediately order the military to “seize” every voting machine and to “redo” the election. Trump later disputed that on Twitter, “martial law = fake news”. Just more intentionally bad reporting! “
Flynn also claimed that he was acting as a conduit between Trump and foreign intelligence agencies, claiming he had evidence of outside interference in the US election,
Flynn said during an interview with ‘Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs on Friday, “I think they will deliver it directly to the president, when we present it to them … they are ready to do that.”
Flynn said at another point, “There are foreign partners and allies who are willing to help us.” He also stated without evidence that there is “a relationship” between SolarWind Hack and election security.
Josh Lederman, Kelly O’Donnell and Jacob Gardens Quartz has contributed.