Jeffrey Clark and Michael Flynn were leading figures in Donald Trump’s efforts to carry out a coup d’etat in 2020 and 2021. The result was mob violence, deaths at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., an array of criminal investigations and lawsuits, and what one former senior Trump aide went on the record to call “the worst day for the Republican Party since Lincoln’s assassination.”
In any other era, scandals like that would be enough to send those men off into immediate political retirement. But this isn’t one of those eras.
Trump is now the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican primary and remains the leader of the GOP, and he’s been telling those close to him how much he wants both of those fellow coup plotters officially at his side in a potential second term in office.
The former president has privately noted on several occasions over the past several months how he’s seriously considering names like Flynn and Clark for high-level positions in a potential second White House term. That’s according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, as well as another person briefed on it. The two worked hard to overturn the election with Flynn lobbying the president to institute martial law, and then-President Trump hoping to fire the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, and swap in the more agreeable Clark. [Continue reading…]