- WASHINGTON EXAMINER - Jan 3, 2021 -
Paul Bedard, Washington Secrets Columnist -
President Trump, frustrated by the courts in his bid to overturn the election results, is urging legislatures in several key states to reconvene and reject the Electoral College votes that gave Joe Biden the win in their states.
In a private call late Saturday to legislators who believe that Trump was robbed of reelection by fraudulent voting organized by Democrats, the president said that they were the only path to stopping Biden’s election.
“You are the real power,” he said on the call, details of which were shared with Secrets.
“The most important people are you. You're more important than the courts. You're more important than anything because the courts keep referring to you, and you're the ones that are going to make the decision,” he said in a 14-minute call into a two-hour session organized by the group Got Freedom at the request of some 300 state legislators.
Several leaders of the #StopTheSteal movement were on the call, organized by Phill Kline who also heads the Amistad Project of the nonpartisan Thomas Moore Society. Others included Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who got Trump on the phone, law professor John Eastman, Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade czar who recently authored a report on the election, and John R. Lott Jr., a Justice Department official who also separately authored a new report suggesting some 300,000 “excess” ballots were counted, giving Biden his win.
While Trump talked, news broke of the plan by a dozen GOP senators to join a House move organized by Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Jim Jordan of Ohio to challenge the Electoral College results on Wednesday, seen by many as a Hail Mary play.
Trump expressed appreciation for the effort but clearly felt that the best chance to overturn the election was with the legislatures, several of which never had a chance to vote to confirm the electoral votes because they were not in session. Others, he said, were fed false results to approve.