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On the way to trying to have Pence simply throw out votes he didn't like, Trump was trying to pull other levers to change the vote.

Trump told Giuliani to call the Department of Homeland Security to see if they could 'take control of voting machines': NYT report

Former President Donald Trump asked Rudy Giuliani, his attorney, to call the Department of Homeland Security to see if they could legally take control of voting machines in key states in December 2020,...Giuliani called Kenneth Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, who told him he did not have the authority to do so, the Times reported.

Trump's request to Giuliani to call DHS came after he rejected a proposal to use the Pentagon to confiscate the machines to look for evidence of alleged voter fraud ...after Trump presented that idea to Giuliani, the attorney opposed it.

The Times reported that Trump also met with former Attorney General William Barr about the idea of using the Justice Department to seize voting machines. Barr immediately shot down the idea,

The former president even asked lawmakers in Michigan and Pennsylvania to use local law enforcement to seize machines, the Times reported.

Everyone Trump tried to pressure/bully refused to go along with his coup, this time.

Shinyland is "not a democracy" says the GOP, and Trump tried his best to make that a reality.

Steve...remembers the Repub Michigan House and Senate leaders being summoned to DC by Trump, and how little they were willing to say about that meeting.
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