|President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who received a pardon last week, blasted out an article calling on Trump to declare martial law
(Dailymail) - Days after he got a pardon from President Trump, former national security advisor Mike Flynn is calling for the president to declare martial law and have the military conduct a revote of the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.
Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts during the transition, then sought to withdraw his plea, blasted out advertisement that the group We the People Convention printed in the Washington Times.
It urges Trump, who has called the election 'rigged,' to declare a 'limited form of martial law' and have the military – who reports to him directly as commander in chief – conduct the revote.
'When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote,' according to the text, written byTom Zawistowski, who heads the Ohio Tea Party-affiliated group.
It points to President Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War as an example.
'A vote that assures a fair election in every jurisdiction and reflects the true will of the people. Federal candidates only. Paper ballots. No computers. Hand-counted with both parties watching every vote. Only registered voters. Photo ID to prove residence. Conducted safely with everyone wearing masks and six feet apart, just like we did in Ohio,' he writes.
'Only then can the winning candidate be accepted as legitimate by a true majority of We the People who must give our consent to be justly governed! Unfortunately we are at a point where we can only trust our military to do this because our corrupt political class and courts have proven their inability to act fairly and within the law.'
Flynn, a retired General who was forced out as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, added his own comment: 'Freedom never kneels except for God,' he wrote in a Tweet.
To raise alarm, the article points to 'Democrat/Socialist federal officials plotting to finish gutting the US Constitution after 100 years of trying.'
In making the case to Trump, it echoes the president's own attacks on Big Tech and the media.
'You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!'
Trump himself has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, although he told reporters in a combative weekend session he would leave the White House if the Electoral College certifies the election for Joe Biden.
'Certainly I will. But you know that,' he said.
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
'To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,' Barr told the AP.
After Trump using his expansive pardon power on Flynn's behalf, the New York Times reported Tuesday he had discussed pardoned for his children as well as for lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Flynn tagged his lawyer Sidney Powell as well as White House aide Dan Scavino and media figures who have been sympathetic to Trump.
Rachel Vindman, the wife of national security lawyer Col. Alexander Vindman, who was forced out by Trump after impeachment, tweeted in response to Flynn's missive: 'He’s a disgrace to the uniform and, in a broader sense, to all Americans.'
Wrote Trump's niece Mary Trump: 'This traitor needs to be court-martialed.'
Senior military brass have long sought to keep the military away from domestic politics, and some top leaders distanced themself from the decision to accompany Trump across Lafayette Park to visit St. John's Church following protests that were followed by looting.
Trump has conducted a post-election purge of top military officials.
At a White House press briefing Tuesday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany brought up Flynn when asked whether Trump was considering pardons for his own family members. She referenced Flynn's recent pardon.
She called Flynn 'a three-star general ... who had his life ruined. He was a valiant hero who served his country both on the battlefield and then came to work in government,' she said.
She called Flynn, who commanded an intelligence brigade and went on to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, a 'war hero' who suffered an 'egregious miscarriage of justice.'
'We are finally glad that justice was served for a war hero, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,' she said. Trump also called Flynn a 'war hero' in an April tweet.
A Defense Intelligence Agency release upon Flynn's retirement from his 33-year military career does not mention any specific battlefield heroism. NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers 'presented Flynn with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for his exceptional job at the helm of DIA during a time of skyrocketing requirements, a shifting security landscape and reduced resources,' according to the release.
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