Flynn demanded Top DoD official help to overthrow the election: Book

  • Ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn tried to pressure a top defense official to help overthrow the election, says a new book.
  • Flynn reportedly called Ezra Cohen to seize ballots weeks after projections showed Biden had won the election.
  • Flynn also proposed seizing voting machines and introducing martial law in the wake of the election.

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, called the Pentagon and tried to persuade a top defense official to help overthrow the election, according to a new book by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl.

In the wake of the presidential election, Trump’s White House cleansed the civilian leadership of the Pentagon, not only firing the Secretary of Defense, but also pushing other senior leaders out and replacing them with people who are widely perceived as Trump loyalists.

Ezra Cohen, who had worked under Flynn at the Defense Intelligence Agency and with him in the National Security Council, was asked to fill the role of acting deputy secretary of defense for the intelligence service.

Around Thanksgiving last year, Flynn, a retired Army general whom the president pardoned unconditionally after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, called Cohen for the first time in nearly three years, Karl reports in the book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show. ” A large part of the media had announced that the then Democratic candidate Joe Biden was the winner of the election on November 7.

Flynn asked Cohen where he was. When Cohen replied that he was traveling in the Middle East, Flynn demanded that he interrupt his trip and return to the United States, where great things were to happen.

“We need you,” Flynn told Cohen.

“He said there would be an epic showdown over the election result,” Karl wrote in his book, adding that “he said he should have orders signed, ballot papers should be seized and that extraordinary measures should be taken. To stop the Democrats in stealing the election. “

“Lord, the election is over,” Cohen replied. “It’s time to move on.”

“You’re a smoker,” Flynn reportedly shouted back to Cohen on the phone. “This is not the end. Do not give up!” That was the last time the two spoke.

Insider reached out to Flynn about the conversation reported in Karl’s book, but was unable to receive comments on his reported remarks.

In the wake of the presidential election, Flynn was candid about the need for the military to get involved in the election – a potentially dangerous move that is tantamount to a coup. Federal law makes it a crime for a federal official to use the military or armed men to intervene in an election.

When he spoke to the conservative news media Newsmax in December 2020, he suggested that Trump order the seizure of voting machines. He also proposed introducing martial law in swing states to repeat elections.

“There is no way in the world we will be able to move forward as a nation,” he said, adding that “he could immediately, at his command, seize every single one of these machines, at his command.”

In the same interview, he said that the president “could order that within the swing states, if he wanted, he could take military capabilities, and he could place them in states and basically run an election in each of those states.”

Prior to that interview, he shared a message on social media urging Trump to suspend the Constitution, introduce martial law and hold a new election.

Karl’s new book provides an in – depth look at Trump’s final year in the White House and his unprecedented efforts to overthrow the election. Flynn was just one of a number of Trump’s close allies who recommended drastic action to the increasingly isolated president. Trump’s former lawyer Sydney Powell also made unusual calls to the Pentagon, according to Karl, and Mike Lindell, another Trump ally, was seen leaving the West Wing during Trump’s last week with notes that included the Rebellion Act, a rarely used authority that allows a president to deploy troops to stem riots and riots.

Trump’s misleading and inaccurate comments about the 2020 election catalyzed the deadly uprising at the Capitol on January 6, which stands as one of the most obvious attacks on the democratic process in the United States in the country’s history.

But in an interview in March 2021 with Karl for the book, the former president showed little or no remorse for what he provoked. Trump reflected January 6 as a “very beautiful time with extremely loving and kind people.”

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