At a regular December 15 briefing, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said she was not aware of any reports from the office of Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe concerning foreign interference in the election.
At a regular briefing Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said she was not aware of any reports from the office of Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe concerning foreign interference in the election.
“I am not aware of any reports that he (the director of intelligence) has received [in connection with this],” she said in response to questions. (I am not aware of any report that he has received.)
Attention is focused on The 18th — 45 days after the ELECTION — as stated in President Trump‘s 2018 executive Order 13848, whether the intelligence director will submit an informal assessment of whether a foreign power interfered in the election and whether anyone acted as a foreign agent.
According to the order signed by Trump, “the National Director of Elections shall assess with the heads of any other appropriate executive branch and agency (agency) no later than 45 days after the United States election. Information indicating that a foreign Government or any person acting as an agent or on behalf of a foreign government has an intention or purpose to interfere in the election.”
The order also allows for sanctions against foreign entities that interfere with U.S. elections. It could include blocking or banning transactions of personal property and asset gains within U.S. jurisdiction, barring foreign company officials from entering the country and other sanctions authorized by law.
But since the decree was signed, it has barely been in the press until recently. Sidney Powell, a private lawyer and Trump supporter who is suing for election fraud, said earlier this week that Trump could use the order.
She explained that the order could give Trump “all kinds of powers… To do everything from confiscating assets to freezing goods and demanding seizure of machinery “.
Meanwhile, Dr. Russell Ramsland, who provided forensic reports on the voting system in Antrim County, Mich., also recommended that Trump enforce the provisions of the 2018 executive order after declaring voting machines a “national security issue.”
But Dominion Voting Systems and the Michigan Secretary of State’s office disputed Ramsland’s report.
“The expansion of digital devices and internet-based communications in recent years has created enormous vulnerabilities (of foreign interference in U.S. elections) and amplified their scope and intensity, as shown in the 2017 intelligence community assessment,” Trump wrote in his 2018 executive order. I hereby declare a state of emergency in response to this threat.”
Earlier this month, Ratcliffe told Fox Business that election-related lawsuits and other issues must be resolved before the winner of the November 3 presidential election can be declared.
“Essentially, we have never seen such widespread postal voting in the United States before. This year, nearly 73 percent of Americans cast their ballots before election day, and a significant portion of those votes were by mail.” He said.
“That’s an 80 percent increase over what we’ve seen before in mail-order ballots, so it’s not surprising that we’re seeing things happening all across America, including mail-order ballots and all of the issues — lawsuits and election issues raised by ordinary Americans.” “Ratcliffe said.