Lawyers L. Lin Wood and Sidney Powell have called on President Donald Trump to confiscate voting machines used in the 2020 presidential election. Wood is one of the president’s supporters who allege that the election suffered from widespread fraud.
“On behalf of We The People, I urge @realDonaldTrump to exercise its executive power to get US Marshals to seize voting machines used in 11/3 elections,” Wood tweeted Thursday.
“We ask The People only to receive what we deserve: knowing that our cherished voting rights have not been stolen from us.”
Wood filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia, disputing the election results there, trying to prevent their certification. The case was dismissed.
He retweeted another Twitter user on Thursday arguing that Trump had the power to order US Marshalls to seize voting machines and that person, in turn, had retweeted Powell.
“Confiscate the machines for immediate forensic inspections. If there was no fraud, #Links should welcome it! People who have nothing to hide are not hiding anything,” Powell tweeted Thursday.
She retweeted Trump’s claim that the Wisconsin election had been faked and had also tagged the president. Other Twitter users also began tweeting the idea to Trump.
Wood and Powell have become key figures in the “stop the steal” movement, which claims Trump’s election was stolen through voter fraud and the use of Dominion Voting Systems machines that switched the votes to President-elect Joe Biden. There is no evidence for this.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Powell and Wood access to some voting machines in Georgia on December 4. Judge Andrew Brasher, a Trump-appointed person, dismissed the case because he felt the court had no jurisdiction.
A similar attempt to gain access to voting machines by a Michigan group was denied by federal district judge Linda Parker on Dec. 7. The same judge also dismissed one of Powell’s “Kraken” cases.
Parker filed for a deregistration of the results by Michigan and seizing voting machines “a relief that is astonishing in its scope and breathtaking in its scope.”
“This case well represents the sentence, ‘This ship has sailed,’” she said.
It’s not clear whether Trump has the power to seize voting machines through the US Marshals, but his path back to the White House is now effectively closed. The Electoral College confirmed Biden’s victory on December 14, and Congress will meet to ratify the results on January 6, 2021. While a small number of Republicans have indicated they could object, it is highly unlikely that this would change the outcome.