The Obama administration had a secret plan to deploy the military, send armed federal agents to polling places, and launch a propaganda attack on Election Day if the vote was disrupted, the New York Post reports.
Time Magazine obtained a 15-page “playbook” that was produced by the Obama White House in October.
The document outlines the government’s “enhanced measures” in the event of a “significant incident” on Election Day.
“In almost all potential cases of malicious cyber activity impacting election infrastructure, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, to include their law enforcement agencies, will have primary jurisdiction to respond,” the document says.
It goes on to state that the government would allow for “armed federal law enforcement agents” at polling places and deploying military service members and the National Guard “upon a request from a federal agency and the direction of the Secretary of Defense or the President.”
More, via NY Post:
The plan also called for increased vigilance for three days after the election to “address any post-election cyber incidents (e.g., planted stories calling into question the results).”
The US intelligence community concluded that the Kremlin, under the authorization of Russian President Vladimir Putin, meddled in the election to “undermine the US democratic process.”
A number of congressional panels, as well as the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller, are investigating Russia’s involvement and any connections to Trump campaign officials.