Order 13848 gives the Department of Justice broad prosecutorial powers against foreign actors meddling in U.S. elections.
This order seems tailor-made to defend the Trump administration. …
At the time of the order’s signing, the left was focused on Russian collusion. President Donald Trump was also concerned about foreign intervention. But he was not looking back to the 2016 election; he was looking ahead to 2020. In the order, the president found “that the ability of persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States to interfere in or undermine public confidence in United States elections, including through the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure or the covert distribution of propaganda and disinformation, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
The order continues, “In recent years, the proliferation of digital devices and Internet-based communications has created significant vulnerabilities …. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.”
This document was signed under a state of national emergency that exists to this day. Strong language. At the time, many Democrats rejected it as too little, too late. They criticized it for focusing too exclusively on ballot-counting machines and software — the exact problem we see crippling America’s election process right now. …
Dominion Voting Systems, Smartmatic and Scytl are all companies with foreign ties that were used in these elections, and there are reports that other companies from Germany and Serbia were also involved. All of these would then fall under the scope of Executive Order 13848.
What does that allow the Trump administration to do? It allows, among other things, the seizure of property within the United States, restrictions on access to financial institutions, and “any other measures authorized by law.”
And who could be targeted? Any companies or persons that have “directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in a United States election.” Could that include companies and members of the mainstream media and big tech? “The Trump executive order about rigging elections … means clearly that the net can be cast very wide,” radio commentator Alan Jones stated. “It will be a brave person who is prepared to bet, even now, against Donald Trump.”
We have witnessed a coordinated attempt to steal an election. And it is, in large part, coming from within the United States. Yes, the ballot counting machines and hardware are foreign-owned, but it was the radical left and its media cabal that worked to rig the election.
This order allows the Justice Department to go after foreign interference aided by complicit cooperation on U.S. soil. All that remains is for the evidence to come out.
Maybe. If legal approaches fail, perhaps we will see Executive Order 13848 applied.