President Donald Trump has floated the idea of naming attorney Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate voter fraud in the presidential election.
According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Powell was in Oval Office on Friday evening, Dec. 18, as the president discussed making her special counsel.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 19, 2020
The Times, citing two anonymous sources briefed on the discussion, reported that most of the president’s advisers opposed the idea of the appointment.
Attending the discussion included former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani joined the discussion by phone.
Flynn and Powell reportedly claimed that the administration was not working hard enough to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
It remains unclear if President Trump is continuing to push for Powell’s appointment.
Powell has been challenging the election results through numerous lawsuits that allege widespread election fraud, including systemic fraud through Dominion Voting systems machines. She has accused Dominion of manufacturing the machines to contain an irregularity rigged in Democrat Joe Biden’s favor.