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Karl Rove tears into Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell over election claims

Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries Biden's 2022 problem: Even some liberals are starting to say 'Enough!' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP MORE slammed former national security adviser Michael Flynn and pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell over their claims regarding voter fraud in the 2020 election.

During an interview on Fox News, Rove was asked about Trump’s meetings with congressional Republicans to object to the Electoral College vote next month and reports that Trump entertained invoking martial law to “rerun” the election. The president denied considering martial law.

Rove said he would believe the president denying that he suggested invoking martial law but pointed out that Flynn publicly suggested that the president could do that. The former national security adviser made the remark during an interview on Newsmax’s “Greg Kelly Reports.”

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“Talk about an idiotic idea,” Rove said. “There’s no ability for any president to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1803, claiming that the issue has got to do with the hubbub around the election.”

“So, Gen. Flynn may have served honorably in the military, but he is sure as heck not a constitutional law scholar,” Rove continued. “And when it comes to giving good advice to the president about politics, he is certainly at the bottom of the list, in my opinion.”

He also tore into Powell, who told Fox News in a statement that she was blocked from speaking to the president. Rove, who was an aide to former President George W. Bush, blasted Powell’s election fraud theories and some of the witnesses who claim to support her case, including one who claimed there was 151 percent voter turnout in Wayne County, Mich.

“Any idiot with access to Google and the county election returns could have seen that the turnout was 51 percent, not 151 percent,” Rove said.

“I mean, what she has done to sort of throw mud on the president through her antics is unbelievable,” he continued. “The president’s been so ill-served by this crowd, and she’s chief among them.”

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The president and his allies have repeatedly claimed that the election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud, despite their claims being disputed.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine MORE won the election with 306 electoral votes compared to Trump's 232. Biden also topped Trump in the popular vote by a margin of 7 million ballots.

--Updated on Dec. 23 at 6:18 a.m.