Politics Top generals feared Trump would attempt coup after election and had informal plan to stop it: book
Trump tried to order individual US attorneys to investigate election-fraud claims district by district, but they all ignored him, book says
Trump was furious with then-Attorney General Bill Barr when the pressure campaign came to nothing, the author Michael Wolff wrote.According to Wolff, Trump took the step of calling individual attorneys to get them to open investigations in their districts in a bid to substantiate the claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Top U.S. were so concerned that former President Trump might stage a coup or take other illegal actions after his 2020 election loss that they discussed informal plans to stop him, to excerpts from a forthcoming book obtained by CNN.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and others were concerned that Trump or his allies would stage a coup in an attempt to have him stay in power, according to a new book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig's and Philip Rucker, "I Alone Can Fix It," which is set to be released next Tuesday.
Joint Chiefs chairman fretted over coup attempt after Trump lost 2020 election: Book
A top military official talked to confidants about the possibility of a coup in the aftermath of the 2020 election, according to a new book. © Provided by Washington Examiner Gen. Mark Milley, picked by former President Donald Trump to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, said he felt he had to be "on guard" after President Joe Biden won the November contest, according to snippets from I Alone Can Fix It, a book authored by two Washington Post journalists and set to be released next week. At one point, Milley called former national security adviser to ask if a coup was imminent, the book said.
According to CNN, the book reports that Milley and other Joint Chiefs were considering resigning one at a time to avoid carrying out the orders of the former president, which they worried might be dangerous or illegal.
Milley was reportedly "on guard" for what might transpire following the election and had spoken with lawmakers and friends over the possibility of a coup.
"They may try, but they're not going to f**king succeed," Milley told his deputies, according to the book. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns."
Leonnig's and Rucker's new book gives a behind-the-scenes look at Trump's final year in office as he dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, the murder George Floyd and 2020 election. The book authors interviewed Trump for over two hours.
According to CNN, the book reports that Milley was also concerned about Trump's actions leading up to Jan. 6. The authors wrote that that Milley saw Trump as "the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose."
"Milley told his staff that he believed Trump was stoking unrest, possibly in hopes of an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military," according to the book.
The Hill has reached out to a spokesperson for Trump and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for comment.
Mike Pompeo was worried that Trump would go to war to try and stay in office after losing the 2020 election, book says .
Pompeo publicly made overtures to back Trump's election lies while privately fretting about them sparking a foreign conflict.Both "Frankly We Did Win This Election" and other forthcoming books on the Trump presidency detailed similar fears among military leaders and national security officials that Trump may use threats of war or domestic unrest to seek emergency powers in an attempt to subvert the election he lost.