A former Army officer who advised then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during the Trump administration wrote that his “blood ran cold” after reading the recent indictment against the former president.
Kevin Carroll, who was Kelly’s lead attorney while he ran the Department of Homeland Security, was the author a comment in The Dispatch On Tuesday, he said he was deeply troubled by the conspiracy to keep Trump in power after he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. Special Counsel Jack Smith earlier this month indicted the former president on four felonies related to the move, citing a multifaceted conspiracy to stay in power and plant a list of fake voters in swing states across the country.
Part of that effort, Carroll wrote, apparently included the acknowledgment by two of Trump’s co-conspirators — Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman — that military force may have been necessary to make the plan succeed.
“As a veteran, my blood ran cold when I read two specific passages in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment,” Carroll wrote in the op-ed. “They point out that part of the former president and his co-conspirators’ autocratic plan to stay in power despite knowing they had lost the 2020 election was to give the U.S. military a choice, submit to civilian control or refuse to implement anti-military policies. democratic domestic political role.”
Smith’s indictment includes talks between co-conspirators who feared their attempt to spread lies about rampant voter fraud would lead to “riots in every major city in the United States.” Clark — who is identified in the document as co-conspirator #4 — responded to that fear: “Well… that’s why there’s a riot law.”
Carroll said the indictment appeared to show that the military had been placed in an “unthinkable” position in which generals “would be forced to choose between abandoning an unbroken tradition of American military obedience to civilian control or theirs.” Wanted to point guns at civilians to facilitate defeat.” Candidate will remain in the White House beyond Inauguration Day.”
Should Trump be convicted, he added, the potential damage of this act “should be taken into account in the ex-president’s sentencing.”
“The foreseeable consequences of the criminal conspiracy of Clark, Eastman and Trump would have been profound for the military and the nation,” he concluded. “I suspect the generals would have reluctantly chosen the first of the two bad options they faced. Either way, the Republic would still suffer great damage.”