The explosive document, from the National Archives, highlights the extreme measures the former Republican president was willing to take to cling to power.
Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense must seize, collect, preserve and analyze all machinery, equipment, electronically stored informationconcerning the election, indicates the three-page draft, never signed.
Dated December 16, 2020, the decree also provided for the appointment of a special prosecutor responsible for filing complaints for any allegations of fraud arising from the seizures.
To justify this project, the document lists a series of conspiracy theories – repeatedly denied – on the fact that electoral machines would have been hacked. It is not known by whom it was written.
It is among more than 750 documents handed over to the House of Representatives committee investigating the Capitol storming, after the Supreme Court denied Donald Trump’s appeal to block their disclosure.
The commission did not respond to requests from AFP.
This group, composed mainly of elected Democrats, seeks to establish the responsibility of Donald Trump and his entourage in the assault on the seat of Congress on January 6, 2021.
A year after officially stepping down, Donald Trump maintains that the 2020 election was his
stolen. According to opinion polls, more than half of Republican voters agree with him.