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CIA director warned Milley “right wing coup” was imminent as Trump melted down in November: New Woodward book

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s upcoming Trump 2020 expose “Peril” is a little late to the game considering how many other insider accounts have already been released this year, but a few choice clips published by CNN on Tuesday reveal some new ground uncovered by the others:

“When Trump refused to concede in November 2020, [former CIA Director Gina] Haspel warned [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark] Milley, ‘We are on the way to a right-wing coup. The whole thing is insanity. He is acting out like a six-year-old with a tantrum.’ Haspel also worried that Trump would try to attack Iran. ‘This is a highly dangerous situation. We are going to lash out for his ego?’ she asked Milley, according to the book. Even some of Trump’s most loyal advisers privately expressed concern after the election. Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Milley that Trump was ‘in a very dark place right now.’ Milley had just one goal: ensuring a peaceful transfer of power on January 20. As he told Pompeo, ‘We’ve got a plane with four engines and three of them are out. We’ve got no landing gear. But we’re going to land this plane and we’re going to land it safely.'”

“‘Peril’ also describes the tense encounter in the Oval Office on January 5 when Trump pressured Pence to overturn the results of the election. While the showdown went on inside, the two men could hear MAGA supporters cheering and chanting outside near Pennsylvania Avenue. ‘If these people say you had the power, wouldn’t you want to?’ Trump asked. ‘I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority,’ Pence said. ‘But wouldn’t it be almost cool to have that power?‘ Trump asked, according to Woodward and Costa. ‘No,’ Pence said. He went on, ‘I’ve done everything I could and then some to find a way around this. It’s simply not possible.’ When Pence did not budge, Trump turned on him. ‘No, no, no!’ Trump shouted, according to the authors. ‘You don’t understand, Mike. You can do this. I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.‘ Trump called Pence again the morning of January 6. ‘If you don’t do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago,’ Trump said, according to the authors. ‘You’re going to wimp out,’ he said, his anger visible.”

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