On Sept. 12 2018, President Trump signed Executive Order 13848, titled “Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.”
At the time the executive order was seen as an oddity as President Trump was being harassed for the “Russiagate” scandal with many of the Democrats saying that President Trump won the election only due to foreign interference.
Supporters now argue that Executive Order 13848 may give the President and his team some strong ammunition to deal with our current election “irregularities”.
Section 1 of the order creates an interagency process for determining whether election interference has taken place. First, the Director Of National Intelligence (DNI) has 45 days to make a determination, in consultation with appropriate agencies, whether “a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government, has acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in [any election for Federal office].”
After that takes place, within 45 days after receiving the DNI’s assessment, the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to send the President a report examining two questions:
(i) the extent to which any foreign interference that targeted election infrastructure materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, the tabulation of votes, or the timely transmission of election results; and
(ii) if any foreign interference involved activities targeting the infrastructure of, or pertaining to, a political organization, campaign, or candidate, the extent to which such activities materially affected the security or integrity of that infrastructure, including by unauthorized access to, disclosure or threatened disclosure of, or alteration or falsification of, information or data.
In other words, the executive order requires the DNI (John Ratcliffe) to begin the assessment no later than Friday, December 18, 2020. The executive order calls for a complete and thorough examination for “any foreign interference and any methods employed to execute it, the persons involved, and the foreign government or governments that authorized, directed, sponsored, or supported it [the interference].”
The DNI will be required to present the assessment and any relevant supporting information to the President, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Attorney General William Barr, and Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.
The executive order also requires Barr and Wolf within 45 days of receiving the DNI’s assessment, to present to the President, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, and the Secretary of Defense their own report.
Sidney Powell already mentioned that he evidence of foreign interference is "more than sufficient to trigger" the executive order, providing President Trump "all kinds of power ... to do everything from seize assets to freeze things, demand the impoundment of the voting machines." Powell continued, "under the emergency powers, he could even appoint a special prosecutor to look into this, which is exactly what needs to happen,".
It is still unclear whether DNI Ratcliffe will issue a report, but December 18th is the deadline to submit his Foreign Election Interference assessment. We will all be waiting to see if he does.
Let us know in the comments section below what you think about E.O. 13848.