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(CNN) – President Donald Trump called a meeting in the Oval Office on Friday involving attorney Sidney Powell and her client, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, said two people familiar with the matter, describing a This session started as an impromptu meeting but went on to erupt with screams at times when some of Trump’s aides rejected Powell and Flynn’s most outrageous suggestions about repealing the election.
Flynn had suggested earlier this week that Trump could invoke martial law as part of his efforts to reverse the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden, an idea that came up again during the meeting in the Oval Office, one of the women said. people. It was unclear whether Trump endorsed the idea, but others in the room strongly opposed and rejected it.RELATED
The meeting was first reported by the New York Times.
White House aides who participated in the meeting, including White House Secretary General Mark Meadows and attorney Pat Cipollone, also strongly rejected the suggestion to appoint Powell as a special counsel to investigate allegations of voter fraud that the Trump administration itself has ruled out (or, as seems more feasible, hiring her into the administration for some sort of investigative role). Powell has focused his conspiracies on the voting machines and has raised the idea of having a special counsel inspect the machines for faults.
Another idea that came up at the meeting was a decree that would allow the government to access the voting machines to inspect them.
One person described the meeting as “ugly” as Powell and Flynn accused others of abandoning the president while he works to overturn the election results.
“It was heated, people were really fighting in the Oval, really energetic about it,” said one of the sources.
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One of the sources described a growing sense of concern among Trump’s aides, including those who have gotten over their previous controversies, about what steps he could take next when his term ends.
Shortly after that meeting, Trump’s campaign staff received a memo from the campaign legal team on Saturday instructing them to retain all documents related to Dominion Voting Systems and Powell in anticipation of possible litigation by the company against him. pro-Trump lawyer.
The memo, seen by CNN, refers to a letter Dominion sent to Powell this week demanding that he publicly retract his allegations and instruct campaign staff not to tamper with, destroy or discard records that could be relevant.
A serious internal divide has formed within the Trump campaign after the election with tensions at an all-time high between the campaign’s attorney general, Matt Morgan, who sent the memo on Saturday, and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani. . Although the campaign once distanced itself from Powell, Trump has been urging others to fight like her, according to several people familiar with her comments. He has called for more people to present the arguments on television, which are often unfounded and full of conspiracy theories.
Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.