WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – After Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 US presidential election, the military should possibly be instructed to confiscate voting machines. “We have information that a plan has been drawn up within the Justice Department to potentially seize voting machines in the country and use Defense Department funds to make this possible,” Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the US Capitol Storm, said on Tuesday Sunday on US TV.
The news portal “Politico” reported on Friday about the draft of a presidential decree ordering the military to confiscate the voting machines. The December 2020 paper was therefore unsigned and is one of the hundreds of documents that the National Archives handed over to the investigative committee. It is unclear who wrote the draft. According to Thompson, the panel has already spoken to former Attorney General William Barr and people from the Department of Defense about the matter.
“If you use the military to possibly confiscate voting machines (…) then the public needs to know that. It’s never happened before,” Thompson said. He emphasized that, apart from the draft of the decree, there are no indications of a concrete implementation plan that has been worked out. But the draft is reason enough to assume that the seizure has been proposed. It is now the task of the committee to find out how far advanced these plans were.
Trump does not acknowledge his electoral defeat even a year after taking power and claims to have been robbed of victory by fraud. He has no evidence. Dozens of lawsuits have failed in court. Barr fell out of favor with Trump in early December 2020 for saying, despite his boss’s claims, that the Justice Department had no evidence of large-scale voter fraud. Two weeks later he announced his resignation – and thus left the government before the end of Trump’s term on January 20./nau/DP/edh