Former President Obama had a beforehand unreported plan in place for after the 2016 election within the occasion that then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUniversity offering course on ‘Trumpaganda’ Fiancee of missing Saudi journalist appeals to Trump for help Grassley says he wouldn’t consider a Supreme Court nomination in 2020 MORE misplaced and refused to just accept the outcomes.
Two former Obama aides told New York Magazine’s newly relaunched Intelligencer that the administration devised a bipartisan plan to validate the election outcomes and reveal the intelligence neighborhood’s conclusion that Russian interference had sought to advertise Trump’s marketing campaign.
The validation plan concerned former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, along with former presidents and congressional Republicans, in keeping with Intelligencer.
Ben Rhodes, a prime aide and speechwriter for Obama, advised the outlet that the administration had motive to be apprehensive that if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts Kavanaugh confirmation at raucous Iowa rally Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of ‘lock her up’ about Feinstein Election Countdown: Big fundraising numbers in fight for Senate | Haley resigns in surprise move | Says she will back Trump in 2020 | Sanders hitting midterm trail | Collins becomes top Dem target | Takeaways from Indiana Senate debate MORE received the election, Trump wouldn’t settle for the outcomes.
“It wasn’t a hypothetical,” Rhodes mentioned. “Trump was already saying it on the marketing campaign path.”
Within the weeks main as much as the election, Trump had been suggesting overtly that the election was “rigged,” saying throughout the last debate that he would hold People “in suspense” about whether or not he would concede.
“I’ll completely settle for the results of this nice and historic presidential election,” Trump told supporters during a campaign rally. “If I win.”
Jen Psaki, communications director for Obama, advised the Intelligencer that the plan was simply considered one of various “red-teaming” conversations about potential post-election conditions, together with “protesting” by Trump supporters and intense political division.
Psaki mentioned that Obama’s divisiveness “for a portion of the inhabitants” necessitated a back-up plan if Trump didn’t settle for Clinton’s anticipated win.
“For them, simply having him say the election was legit was not going to be sufficient,” she mentioned.
“I don’t assume there’s any indication to counsel that if that’s the place issues headed, [Trump] would settle for it,” Psaki added. “He’s laying the groundwork for delegitimizing the method now — questioning our establishments, attacking their management. That is all fodder for his supporters to work with within the occasion that issues go down a darkish path for him.”