US President Donald Trump rejected media reports that he’s considering introducing martial law in a bid to change the results of the 3 November presidential election as “fake news”.
According to Newsweek, the Pentagon is covertly discussing the scenario of its actions in response to the possible imposition of martial law by President Donald Trump ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January, Newsweek.
The sources meanwhile claimed that Pentagon officials along with the heads of military units stationed near Washington DC are “on red alert” as they are involved in “secret contingency planning in case the armed forces are called upon to maintain or restore civil order during the inauguration and transition period”.
Insiders argued that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the US president currently has “unprecedented emergency powers, ones that might convince him—particularly if he listens to certain of his supporters—that he has unlimited powers and is above the law”.
The insider described martial law as “the wrong paradigm to think about the dangers ahead”, something that was echoed by another source who noted the actions Trump may take next month are anybody’s guess “at this point”.
One more insider called Trump a person who is “fascinated with the secret levers of the presidency that are available to him”, singling out the so-called Presidential Emergency Action Documents (PEAD).
The documents include executive orders, presidential messages, and draft legislation that are distributed among various departments and government agencies. One of the PEAD’s, Directive 20, allegedly addresses martial law, according to the source.
They explained the directive is introduced in the event of the US being subjected to an armed attack, Washington being destroyed, and work of state and local governments being paralyzed.
The remarks follow former National Security Adviser to the US president, General Michael Flynn, telling the media outlet Newsmax last week that Trump should impose martial law in six swing states and “take military capabilities” in a bid to “rerun” the 3 November election there.
The president has to plan for every eventuality because we cannot allow this election and the integrity of our election to go the way it is”, Flynn added.
Earlier in December, the US Electoral College gathering saw Biden secure 306 votes to Trump’s 232, in a sign that the Democrat passed the threshold of 270 electoral votes required for him to become president. The votes are due to be certified by the US Congress on 6 January, 2021.
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