Conservative lawyer sent memo on plans to overturn Trump’s December 2020 election
A conservative lawyer sent a memo in late December 2020 to then-President Trump about how he could tackle voter fraud he says occurred in that year’s presidential election and undo election results.
The New York Times rreported that William Olson sent the memo titled “Preserving the Constitutional Order” on December 28, 2020. In it, he urged Trump to take several steps to fulfill his duty to end voter fraud on behalf of the American people.
Despite allegations by Trump and his allies, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could have affected voting results in any state in the 2020 presidential election.
“The fact that you were a candidate in the race may complicate matters, but your duty to ensure that the election was not stolen nonetheless exists,” Olson wrote in the memo obtained by The Times. “It is no understatement to say that the very existence of our Constitutional Republic is on the way out – the one entrusted to our generation by the Founders and every generation after – unless you act, and act quickly.”
Olson and Trump did not immediately return The Hill’s requests for comment.
olson wrote in the memo that Trump should ask Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States to combat voter fraud or fire him if he refuses. Trump would then have to fill the position with another Department of Justice (DOJ) official that the Senate had confirmed and who would support the effort.
Asset reportedly planned to replace Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ attorney, to pressure Georgia lawmakers to reverse Biden’s victory in the state, but the plan was scrapped after a group of DOJ officials threatened to resign if adopted.
Olson said he recognizes the media would call Rosen’s firing a “constitutional crisis,” but that “corruption at the highest levels of government” has already caused one.
Olson said his “small group of lawyers” are working on a memorandum on the powers Trump can use as president to “ensure that the people receive a fair electoral count.” He said Trump should assign a new White House lawyer to identify this.
He said the media would view this as martial law, which is “fake news”.
Olson said Trump should tell the public that he is acting in his capacity as president even though he is running for office.
Olson wrote in the memo that he expected the DOJ “to do nothing except continue to run out of time,” requiring action from Trump.
The revelation follows reports that Mike Roman, who served as Trump’s director of Election Day in 2020, was the one who handed lists of fake voter certificates for Michigan and Wisconsin to Rep. Mike Kelly (R -Pa.) then chief of staff. with the goal of getting them to Vice President Mike Pence.