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Trump ‘Is Telling People He Will Be Reinstated As President By August’ After Mike Flynn Called For A ‘Myanmar-Style Coup’ To Replace Biden

(DAILY MAIL) – Former President Donald Trump is telling people that he will be reinstated as president by August according to a report, after his original National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said a Myanmar-style coup ‘should happen.’

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman commented Tuesday on a CNN story that showed Trump supporters expressing support for a Myanmar-style coup to bring Trump back.

‘Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information),’ the journalist wrote on Twitter.

Haberman added that Trump has been ‘laser focused’ on election audits – including the state Senate Republican-led one in Maricopa County, Arizona, as well as another audit expected in Georgia’s Fulton County – as the Manhattan district attorney has convened a grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict the former president.

Trump lost legal protections afforded to the president once he left the White House in January.

He’s continued to falsely push that he didn’t lose the 2020 race to President Joe Biden.

Supporters have glommed on to that message, with a number of Trump fans sporting ‘Trump won’ flags at a large boat parade in Florida over Memorial Day weekend.

And some of his allies have given Trump’s most vehement supporters false hope that he could be reinstated.

Over the weekend, lawyer Sidney Powell told an audience in Dallas that Trump could be back.

‘It should be that he can simply be reinstated, that a new inauguration day is set,’ she said to cheers. ‘And Biden is told to move out of the White House. And President Trump should be moved back in.’

Powell is known for spreading a number of conspiracy theories to Trump supporters about the 2020 race.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, sharing Powell’s comments and Haberman’s tweet, speculated there could be problems for Trump if the former president brought reinstatement up publicly.

Trump is expected to start holding rallies this month, including in the swing states of Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina.

‘If Trump brings this up in public, will likely increase number of Republicans who say they are ready to move on,’ York said.

Flynn was forced to backtrack on comments he made at the same Dallas conference Powell appeared at this weekend.

The retired general, who briefly served as national security adviser under Trump, made the comments in response to a question from an audience member at a conference organized by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy in Dallas, Texas.

The man said he was a ‘simple Marine’ and asked ‘why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?’

‘There’s no reason’, Flynn responded as the audience cheered. ‘I mean, it should happen — that’s right.’

Response to the exchange was furious, with some calling for his court martial.

On Monday Flynn issued a frantic backtrack in a post on messaging app Telegram.

He wrote: ‘Let me be VERY CLEAR – There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort.

He said his comments had been misconstrued, adding, ‘I am no stranger to media manipulating my words and therefore let me repeat my response to a question asked at the conference: There is no reason it (a coup) should happen here (in America).’

On Monday Army Col. Yevgeny ‘Eugene’ Vindman tweeted, ‘With these seditious remarks Comrade Flynn may have crossed the line for recall to active duty and court-martial. As a JAG I’m qualified and also happy to prosecute this case.’

Vindman is the twin brother of Alexander Vindman, who was a key witness in Trump’s impeachment over comments he made to the Ukrainian President.

Both sat on the National Security Council before being fired shortly after the trial.

Steve Vladeck, a professor in federal law at the University of Texas also wrote on Twitter that even retired Flynn was subject to the Army’s Uniform Code of Military Justice.

‘The constitutionality of jurisdiction over retirees for post-retirement offenses is something we’re currently challenging in the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces & the D.C. Circuit,’ he tweeted.

Myanmar’s military-led coup saw the country’s democratically-elected government overturned.

Military chief Min Aung Hlaing was installed as the country’s leader with the junta killing hundreds of civilians.

Others also took to social media to blast Flynn’s remarks.

‘Hello SecDef! Can we get a Court Martial? Call him back to duty and then dishonorably discharge him. My tax payer dollars shouldn’t be paying for his benefits,’ wrote one.

‘Wow. It don’t get much more traitory than this,’ added another.

‘Why isn’t Michael Flynn behind bars of fomenting a treasonous insurrection against the United States? Surely treasonous words are not covered by Trump’s pardon,’ asked Muriel Burrows.

‘Recall General Michael Flynn to active duty immediately for purposes of court-martial. This must be done ASAP.’ tweeted Jeannette Stone.

‘I think now might be a good time to call retired officer Michael Flynn back to active duty, court martial and strip him of his rank and benefits for conspiracy and committing seditious acts against the United States,’ said another.

‘Michael Flynn is clearly an enemy of the USA. Let’s honor our veterans this Memorial Day by arresting this unamerican traitor.’

‘Minimar? sounds like dude has been spending too much time at the minibar,’ joked one Twitter user who noticed Flynn’s mispronunciation.

‘We now return you to the Republican coup, already in progress . . . THIS is why the GOP wants to block every investigation into the January 6th attack on the Capital: Because it starts and ends with them,’ said DC Lascelle.

‘Flynn hopefully will be prosecuted under 18 U.S. Code § 2385 Astonishing if someone holding the rank of General in the United States Army who was also a National Security Advisor can get away with calling for a Myanmar-style coup,’ wrote another user.

‘FBI please arrest this man. He is asking Americans to turn against their government!’, demanded another Twitter follower.

In the past, QAnon supporters have aired their support for a coup to take place that would see Trump be placed back at the White House.

The intrview Haberman shared from CNN showed Trump supporters advocating for a military coup to take over and ‘redo’ the election, remove ‘puppet president’ Biden and hold a new inauguration for Trump.

Trump pardoned Flynn last Thanksgiving.

Flynn’s conviction for lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation was wiped following the presidential pardon.

In 2017, Trump fired Flynn after just weeks on the job after it was revealed he did not disclose his contacts with Russia’s former ambassador to the US to Vice President Mike Pence.

‘We want Trump to declare an insurrection and call us up as the militia’: Oath Keepers founder rallied Capitol rioters on a conference call on November 9 – just six days after the election, new indictment reveals.

The founder of far-right militia Oath Keepers started rallying men who eventually stormed the Capitol January 6 as far back as November 9, after Biden won the election, telling them on a conference call: ‘We want Trump to declare an insurrection and call us up as the militia. Let the fight start there.’

The new details were included in an indictment against four rioters – Joseph Hackett, 50, Jason Dolan, 40, William Isaacs, 21, and another, unnamed defendant, filed on Monday.

They are among 16 Oath Keeper members who have been charged so far. The others are Thomas Caldwell, 65, Donovan Crowl, 50, Jessica Watkins, 38, Sandra Parker, 60, Bennie Parker, 70, Graydon Young, 54, Laura Steele, 52, Kelly Meggs, 52, Connie Meggs, 59, Kenneth Harrelson, 40, Roberto Minuta, 36, Joshua James, 33, Joseph Hackett, 50.

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has not been charged, but he was mentioned repeatedly in the newly unsealed indictment as ‘Person One’. It’s unclear why he has not been arrested.

According to prosecutors, on November 9 – after the election was called for Biden -Rhodes told the men in an online GoToMeeting conference call: ‘We’re going to defend the president, the duly elected president. Because if you don’t, guys, you’re going to be in a bloody, bloody civil war and a bloody…insurrection, or you can call it a war or fight.

‘I’m willing to sacrifice myself for that. Let the fight start there. That will give President Trump what he needs, frankly.

‘If things go kinetic, good. If they throw bombs at us and shoot us, great, because that brings the president his reason and rationale for dropping the Insurrection Act.”

‘I do want some Oath Keepers to stay on the outside, and to stay fully armed and prepared to go in armed, if they have to…So our posture’s gonna be that we’re posted outside of DC, um, awaiting the President’s orders. . . . We hope he will give us the orders.

‘We want him to declare an insurrection, and to call us up as the militia.’

By then, claims from Trump’s camp about voter fraud were widespread and millions thought he’d been robbed of victory.

Over the coming months, members of the group allegedly plotted the attack.

Watkins is said to have recruited people in Ohio, telling them he was organizing a week-long training camp and saying: ‘I need you fighting fit by inauguration.’

On November 17, when asked what his prediction was for the coming year, Watkins allegedly told a recruit: ‘I can’t predict. I don’t underestimate the resolve of the Deep State.

‘Biden may still yet be our President. If he is, our way of life as we know it is over. Our Republic would be over.

‘Then it is our duty as Americans to fight, kill and die for our rights.’

The men who have been arrested continued to exchange texts and emails until the riot.

Rhodes encouraged them online, according to the indictment.

On January 4, he posted online: ‘It is CRITICAL that all patriots who can be in DC get to DC to stand tall in support of President Trump’s fight to defeat the enemies foreign and domestic who are attempting a coup, through the massive vote fraud and related attacks on our Republic.

‘We Oath Keepers are both honor-bound and eager to be there in strength to do our part.’

In another, he said: ‘As we have done on all recent DC Ops, we will also have well armed and equipped QRF1 teams on standby, outside DC, in the event of a worst case scenario, where the President calls us up as part of the militia to to assist him inside DC.

‘We don’t expect a need for him to call on us for that at this time, but we stand ready if he does (and we also stand ready to answer the call to serve as militia anytime in the future, and anywhere in our nation, if he does invoke the Insurrection Act).’

Despite his alleged role in organizing the men who have been charged, Rhodes has not.

He claimed in March that he and other Oath Keeper members were the victims of a conspiracy.

‘I may go to jail soon, not for anything I actually did, but for made-up crimes,’ he said.

This superseding indictment, part of a larger federal government criminal conspiracy case, now includes a total of 16 Oath Keepers. The other 12 co-defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors have said in recent weeks that other members of the militia group planned to commit violence and brought firearms into the city.

The Oath Keepers accept anyone, the recent court filing notes, but ‘explicitly focus on recruiting current and former military, law enforcement, and first-responder personnel.’

Senate Republicans last week voted down a House-passed bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.

Democrats were unable to override a Republican filibuster placed on the bill during a Friday vote of 54 to 35, with 60 votes needed.

Republican Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse voted alongside 48 Democrats.

The bill is now essentially dead – though Democrats may launch other investigations and some are ongoing in Senate committees.

Last month, a founding member of the far-right group Oath Keepers has pleaded guilty to two felony charges over the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Jon Ryan Schaffer, 53, struck a plea deal with prosecutors Friday, becoming the first person charged in relation to the attack to plead guilty.

Schaffer was initially slapped with six charges over the violent incident, but pleaded guilty to two charges as part of the deal: obstruction of an official proceeding and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Police said Schaffer – who hails from Indiana – was armed with bear spray when he barged into the Capitol following a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally held earlier in the day.

As part of the plea deal, Schaffer has agreed to cooperate with investigators – prompting rumors he may ‘turn’ on some of his fellow Oath Keeper members.

The Oath Keepers are a far-right, anti-government militia group who claim they have a membership of around 35,000.

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