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Trump pushes back on reported talk of martial law: 'Fake News'

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE in an early morning tweet dismissed a New York Times report that he had entertained a proposal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn to declare martial law.

“Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

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The Times reported Saturday that Trump asked during a White House meeting that also involved Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell about a recommendation his former aide had made on the conservative Newsmax TV to “rerun” the 2020 election under military supervision.

While it was not clear if Trump endorsed the idea, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE and White House counsel Pat Cipollone sharply pushed back on it, according to the newspaper.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI. The president pardoned him in late November.

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Meadows and Cipollone also reportedly shot down the idea of appointing Powell as a special counsel to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGaetz hires legal counsel amid DOJ probe Georgia lieutenant governor: Giuliani election claims helped lead to new voting law Rep. Lee Zeldin announces bid for New York governor MORE also pushed back against this idea, according to the newspaper.

The reported meeting occurred shortly before the Trump campaign instructed staffers to preserve documents pertaining to Powell and Dominion Voting Systems, which has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories related to the election. The company has called on Powell to retract the claims, and the documentation preservation suggests officials are preparing for the possibility of legal action against Powell, the Times noted.

With just more than 30 days until President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE’s inauguration, Axios reported that White House officials are increasingly concerned that the president has dug in on his attempts to overturn the election.

"People who are concerned and nervous aren’t the weak-kneed bureaucrats that we loathe," a White House official told Axios. "These are people who have endured arguably more insanity and mayhem than any administration officials in history."