A terrifying item in a document trail supplied to investigators on Jan. 6 describes a draft letter from then-President Donald Trump requesting the “seizure” of election materials after he lost.
Last Monday, the House select committee investigating the insurgency received the log, along with a slew of other documents. The documents were turned over by Trump loyalist Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and associate of Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Kerik was a significant adviser to Trump’s legal team, which was attempting to concoct a story of electoral fraud in the election that Joe Biden won.
In addition to the materials Kerik provided to the committee, he also provided a list of documents he refused to give, including the Trump letter.
One of the documents withheld is a “Draft Letter from POTUS to Seize Evidence in the Interest of National Security for the 2020 Elections.”
Though Trump did not take action to seize electoral materials, such a letter could be crucial evidence in the inquiry into Trump’s attempt to sabotage a fair election.
There has been no evidence of significant election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to authorities.
The letter was sent on December 17, 2020, one day before Trump met with advisers in the Oval Office, including retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, to consider seizing election equipment in states he lost.
Trump also proposed appointing controversial far-right attorney and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell as a “special counsel” to investigate potential election fraud, but he didn’t go through with it.
Trump might declare martial law to grab control of the election, according to Flynn.
Dominion Voting Systems has already sued Powell for $1.3 billion, claiming that her “wild, unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud” caused “unprecedented injury.”
Powell and other lawyers were sentenced to pay $175,000 in penalty to Michigan officials whom they had unsuccessfully sued over bogus election fraud charges.
The lawyers had participated in “a historic and serious misuse of the court process,” according to a US District judge, who labeled some of the assertions “fantastical.”
Kerik has agreed to a voluntary interview with a House select committee, which could take place on January 13th. In November, the panel issued him a subpoena.