Former President Donald Trump entertains desperate schemes to overturn the election

President Donald Trump is spending his dwindling days in office entertaining increasingly desperate, last-ditch schemes to overturn the results of the presidential election, counting on a lawyer who, like him, has furthered conspiracy theories, and on a former adviser who has advocated for law .

While he continues to boost funds from his supporters, his unprecedented efforts have thus far failed, and on Monday, he received pushback from the outgoing U.S. attorney general, Bill Barr. His senior White House advisers, who themselves are alarmed at the ideas the president has discussed, have generally tried to modulate his views.

Trump has contemplated ordering the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seize states’ voting machines and on Friday met together with his former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been publicly prodding Trump to declare law and order the military to oversee new elections within the battleground states that Trump lost, consistent with sources conversant in the meeting.

Asked by ABC News whether the president had legal authority to order the seizure of voting machines, Barr at a press conference Monday didn’t discuss the legality but said he didn’t currently see a reason to try to to so.

“I see no basis now for seizing machines by the federal , you know, a wholesale seizure of machines by the federal ,” Barr said.

Trump over the weekend issued a succinct denial of reports he was considering attempting to impose law , tweeting early Sunday, “Martial law = Fake News.”

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