Even Rudy Giuliani thought her plan to seek blanket immunity, before breaching Georgia voting machines, was “over the top,” according to a new book by reporters Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman.

As allies of Donald Trump schemed to seize voting machines in swing states after the 2020 election, Sidney Powell proposed issuing preemptive pardons—which the team described as “hunting licenses”—to shield them from legal liability, according to a new book by investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman.

“I need six to eight pardons,” the former Trump attorney said in a Virginia planning meeting, according to Find Me the Votes, excerpts of which were reviewed by Vanity Fair ahead of its January 30 publication date. “What we need is a ‘hunting license’ that provides top cover for ops,” a member of Powell’s team wrote to Lin Wood, another Trump lawyer involved in the effort to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, according to Isikoff and Klaidman.

According to Isikoff and Klaidman, the team asked Michael Trimarco, an associate of Rudy Giuliani’s, to get the former New York City mayor to approve the pardon proposal. But Giuliani “dismissed the idea as over the top,” according to the book. Trimarco apparently agreed, recalling that he thought, “What the fuck?” as the group mulled the idea.

  • @Namstel
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    86 months ago

    I think they believe the Dems are cheating, so that justifies them cheating as well.

    • Alien Nathan Edward
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      86 months ago

      even that’s a cover. what’s really at the bottom of everything is that they don’t care about right, wrong, legal, illegal, democracy, authoritarianism or any of that. they just want to hurt people, and they know who will let them.

    • @grue@lemmy.world
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      36 months ago

      Nobody in any position of power actually believes that. Republicans make the accusation in order to poison the well and preempt legitimate Democratic accusations against them.

      • @Namstel
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        16 months ago

        Oh I most certainly agree with that. But their dumb base might actually think that way.