Obama had ‘secret plan’ in case Trump rejected 2016 election outcome

Obama had ‘secret plan’ in case Trump rejected 2016 election outcome
Obama meets with national security principals in the Situation Room in 2014. (Image: The Obama White House)

[Ed. – Hey, we’re not calling it a secret plan. New York Mag‘s Intelligencer is calling it a secret plan.  It was described, according to Mattathias Schwartz, by Ben Rhodes and Jen Psaki.]

In October 2016, senior staff in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November election and Donald Trump refused to accept the result as legitimate. …

The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result. In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton.

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