A comparatively unknown conservative lawyer despatched a letter to then-President Donald Trump on Dec. 28, 2020, selling methods –together with martial regulation—to overturn the 2020 election, in line with a memo launched by The New York Instances on Sunday.
Marked “privileged and confidential,” the memo was despatched by William J. Olson simply days earlier than New 12 months’s Eve 2020 through which the Trump loyalist laid out a five-point plan for the way the president ought to proceed in an effort to, what Olson believed would, efficiently overturn the election outcomes. “You’ve got an obligation to forestall this electoral fraud on the American Individuals,” Olson wrote.
“Whereas time to behave was brief after we spoke on Christmas Day, time is about to expire,” Olson wrote, alluding to having already had a “lengthy dialog” over the cellphone with the then-president about this plan on December 25, 2020.
Olson’s first level: discovering a Trump-friendly lawyer “in no matter capability could appear acceptable,” as he had understood that the president had suffered “the shameful and dismissive perspective of the lawyer from the White Home Counsel’s workplace towards you personally – however extra importantly towards the Workplace of the President of america itself.” It’s unclear to which lawyer Olson was referring, however Pat Cipollone was the White Home counsel on the time. Cipollone testified that he didn’t approve of Trump’s election fraud methods mentioned on the “unhinged” December 18 Oval Workplace assembly, solely days earlier than Olson and Trump spoke over the cellphone.
Olson inspired Trump to return to the White Home—moderately than keep at Mar-a-Lago—to fight election outcomes as a result of Olson did “not consider you are able to do what’s required to be finished from Florida,” he wrote.
The suitable-wing legal professional additionally pressed Trump to demand that then-acting Lawyer Basic Jeff Rosen file a lawsuit within the Supreme Court docket relating to the election ends in Pennsylvania: “If he doesn’t commit to precisely doing that…change him.” Nevertheless, Olson was warned that firing or demoting Rosen might end in damaging media protection, because the press would in all probability liken the transfer to the cascade of firings throughout Watergate known as “Saturday Evening Bloodbath.”
No swimsuit was ever filed. In June, Rosen instructed the January 6 committee that he refused to adjust to Trump’s requests to pursue election fraud.
“Talk to the People who you could have been one of many candidates within the election, however that you’re appearing as President of america to protect the election course of. This isn’t simply inside your energy, it’s your solemn responsibility,” Olson wrote.
This memo underscores, because the January 6 hearings proceed to do, the affect of unofficial advisers on the president within the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Olson now represents well-known Trump supporter and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell. In January, Lindell sued the January 6 committee after it subpoenaed his cellphone data. The New York Instances additionally reported that the January 6 committee is fascinated with studying extra about Olson’s efforts towards overturning the 2020 election.