Trump ‘shut down talks with Mike Lindell within minutes’ after the MyPillow CEO was seen at White House brandishing notes about ‘martial law’ and Insurrection Act
- Lindell visited the president Friday afternoon
- Close-up of his notes referenced martial law
- The notes also appeared to reference the Insurrection Act
- Former national security advisor Mike Flynn previously called for Trump to impose martial law and rerun elections in states he lost
- Comes days after MAGA mob riot in the Capitol
- Inauguration to be protected by 20,000 National Guard
President Donald Trump reportedly cut short his meeting with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell within minutes, after the entrepreneur was spotted at the White House brandishing notes referencing the Insurrection Act and a CIA leadership shakeup.
Lindell said that Trump appeared ‘disinterested’ in his notes, and officials say Trump quickly dismissed him and sent him to see White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Lindell, a Trump advisor who backed many of his conspiracy theories about massive election fraud, appeared unexpectedly at the White House Friday afternoon. A Marine was stationed outside the West Wing, indicating Trump was most likely there.
Amid a huge National Guard presence in D.C. after last week’s MAGA riots in the Capitol, close-up of Lindell’s notes revealed some bizarre snippets about what may be on his mind. Lindell, like Trump, spoke to the rally crowd before Trump supporters invaded the Capitol.
Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, stands outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2021. A closeup of his notes revealed tense topics ranging from martial law to the Insurrection Act and the leadership of the CIA
A Washington Post photographer obtained a close-up of papers carried by Lindell.
One ominous line said ‘martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any.’ The term does not come without precedent. Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn spoke openly about it while parroting Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ election – and scored his own White House meeting afterward.
Another line, partly obscured by Lindell’s hand, most likely referenced the ‘Insurrection Act’ – the subject of discussion before after the election about use of forces inside the country. It said to ‘Act now as a result of the assault on the …’
Other lines hinted at recommended staff moves. One might indicate moving ‘Colson NOW as Acting National Security’ – suggesting a staff move atop the National Security Agency. Other language references Fort Mead and a top cybersecurity lawyer, which could identify Frank Colon, who according to his LinkedIn page is an attorney with Cyber Operations 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.
A Washington Post photographer snagged an image of Lindell’s notes, which he did not conceal outside the West Wing
The notes also appear to reference potential cabinet moves just days before Trump is to leave office
MyPillow CEO speaks at ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, accuses Fox News of trying to overthrow Trump administration. Following the rally, a MAGA mob ransacked the Capitol
There are also references to ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell, who oversaw failed election challenges in court and who has been at the White House post-election.
‘Move Kash Patel to CIA Acting,’ it says, in a line which could indicate a proposal to oust CIA Director Gina Haspel, and put in her place a Trump loyalist recently moved to the Pentagon.
‘I ordered the DOD to fully cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden,’ Patel wrote in an op-ed posted by Fox News Thursday – after the Biden transition complained for weeks it was not getting the briefings it requested.
Other lines are mere snippets, but they suggest Trump’s obsession with a ‘stolen’ election – although Joe Biden beat him by 7 million votes, or 306 to 232 in the Electoral College.
‘Been with getting the evidence of ALL the … as the election and all information regarding … among people he knows who already have security … done massive research on these issues,’ the notes say.
‘Foreign Interference in the election Trigger … powers, make clear this is a China/Iran … domestic actors. Instruct Frank,’ it says.
The notes mention ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell, as well as other individuals
The meeting comes days after Trump took part in a scripted video where he finally said: ‘A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20.’ But he hasn’t said outright that Joe Biden won, even as Vice President Mike Pence finally called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and began what appears to be a farewell tour.
Trump has been hunkered down in office, with bizarre White House schedules saying only that: ‘President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.’
A message to Lindell was not immediately returned. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the meeting.
Trump’s obsession with overturning the results are also reflected in charts that could be seen as trade advisor Peter Navarro walked on White House grounds. It said ‘Vote Irregularities and Illegalities by Category and State.’
Trump himself is expected to leave D.C. on January 20th, with no plans for the traditional meeting with President-elect Joe Biden.
The ominous snippets in Lindell’s notes about the election were contradicted by reality on the ground at the White House Friday afternoon. A procession of aides left the building with boxes, even packing away large framed photos that have adorned the building.
HOW MIKE LINDELL WENT FROM CRACK ADDICT TO CHRISTIAN PILLOW PITCHMAN TO QANON SPOUTING TRUMP ADVISER
With his preternaturally dark hair and mustache, ubiquitous TV ads and triumph-over-tragedy personal story, Mike Lindell should be the perfect pitchman for his pillows.
But his advocacy of Donald Trump appears to have taken him into darker and more dangerous territory, carrying notes about ‘martial law’ to the Oval Office for a meeting with Trump on his last Friday in the White House.
Lindell, 59, was a small-time Minnesota businessman who became addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol, losing his wife with whom he had four children to divorce because of it, but – according to his often-told story – still managed to invent his MyPillow in 2004 and turn it into a success.
The pillow itself is a patented foam design and from the beginning Lindell manufactured it in his native state and put its Made in America credentials in the pitch.
In its first years Lindell sold it at mall kiosks and state fairs but his own life had a dramatic change, he says, in 2009, when he became sober, putting it down to the power of prayer.
Cleaned up, he recorded a 30-minute live-audience infomercial at the cost of $500,000 in 2011 and watched the success take off – with Lindell the focal point as much as the pillows.
With tranches of TV ads Lindell made a fortune – not without bumps on te way including settling a lawsuit for claims the pillows helped with snoring and divorcing his second wife after less than two months of marriage – and made his evangelical faith and then his allegiance to Trump as much part of his pitch as his products.
They appear to have first met in August 2016 and he jumped on the Trump train, going to the first presidential debate in October, and speaking at a rally that November.
Since then he has become a regular rally performer, even pitching a run for Minnesota governor in 2022 – which he has not mentioned recently – and chairing the state’s Trump campaign.
At the rallies he would be introduced as ‘the MyPillow guy’ to cheers and describe Trump as ‘chosen by God,’ tout his own faith and soak up the applause.
A fairly regular White House presence, he touted to Trump an unproven COVID ‘cure,’ oleandrin, whose manufacturer he had a stake in.
Ben Carson, a distinguished neurosurgeon turned Trump cabinet member, took it. He succumbed badly to the infection; Carson has not maintained a medical registration for some years.
Lindell devoted himself to Trump in the weeks before the 2020 election, appearing at multiple rallies and convincing the president he would win Minnesota, which he lost handily.
But after the election defeat Lindell became obsessed by Trump’s claims of voter fraud and has pushed them at every turn, including on the Right Side Broadcasting Network YouTube channel which he has a financial stake in.
He lambasted Fox News for its coverage even though he is thought to be its biggest single advertiser, and he pushed the outer fringes of conspiracy theories from discredited ‘Kraken’ attorney Sidney Powell.
He appears to have funded the Right Side Broadcasting Network, a YouTube channel which aired rallies from the March for Trump bus tour whose speakers included Lindell and Lin Wood, the even more fringe attorney who suggested Mike Pence should be executed.
Among the cast of ‘reporters’ on RSBN’s coverage were other Trump rally regulars including the ‘wall guy’ who wears a suit which represents the Mexican border wall. The suit is designed to look like it is made of bricks, when the wall is in fact steel and rebar. The ads were inevitably for MyPillow.
Lindell also appears to gave developed a relationship with Mike Flynn, the national security advisor who lied to the FBI, got a pardon, then went to the Oval Office and advocated martial law.
So discredited were Lindell’s fraud claims that Newsmax had to cut him off live on air but he was unstoppable: on the day of the MAGA riots he was in D.C., then after they happened he spouted claims that the whole event was staged by Antifa.
From a private jet a few days later he recorded a message that ‘Donald Trump will be our president for the next four years.’
On January 20 he will find out if his faith in Trump has been rewarded or if his claims get the same F rating from reality which his company did from the Better Business Bureau.
A Marine outside the door indicated the president was most likely there
US President Donald Trump listens as Michael J. Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Inc., speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2020
Lindell’s pillow company regularly advertises on Fox News
Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn speaks during a rally to protest the results of the election, in Washington, U.S., December 12, 2020. He urged martial law in a post-election video
A viewing platform for the inauguration already has printed signage for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Biden spoke in Delaware about changes he plans to institute for vaccine rollout, following reports that the Trump Administration Operation Warp Speed name will be one of the first things jettisoned.
Even lower level aides in the West Wing have already departed, leaving a skeleton crew – even as the nation faced a relentless surge of coronavirus infections and deaths.
Lindell posted even after the riots with claims about ways to ‘suppress the evil’ and ‘beat the evil’ with claims that Trump supporters ‘broke the algorithms.’
He posted brief comments, which appear to be made aboard a private jet, where he wrote that ‘Donald Trump is going to be your president for the next 4 years.’
Lindell retweeted a tweet by Right Side Broadcasting Network January 10 which bashed the idea of impeachment as pointless. ‘Seems like a whole lot of trouble to go through to impeach someone who, if tradition has its way, will be gone from office in 10 days. What is going on here, Nancy? Seems a little desperate. There must be…other factors at play,’ it said.