Maggie Haberman from the New York Times’ Washington Correspondent reported that former President Donald Trump is telling “several people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated” as president by August.

Haberman, who broke some of the biggest stories of the Trump administration and has been covering him for decades, added that Trump had been “laser-focused” on election audits in states whose results he is still trying to overturn.

The anti-democratic conspiracy theory has been bubbling up in fringe conservative media for several months. It has no basis under the Constitution or any legitimate legal framework.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been a prominent proponent of the theory.

The former Trump attorney Sidney Powell also floated the idea at a QAnon conference over the weekend.

Haberman says “it isn’t happening in a vacuum” but seems to be part of a strategy by Trump to counter the possibility of an indictment. “He is not putting out statements about the ‘audits’ in states just for the sake of it,” Haberman writes. “He’s been laser-focused on them, according to several people who’ve spoken with him.”

The idea that the former president could be reinstated has gained traction among some die-hard supporters. At an event called the For God and Country Patriot Roundup Saturday, former Trump election lawyer Sidney Powell said Trump could “simply be reinstated,” a comment that drew cheers, according to the report.

As CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan reported, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared at the same convention and appeared to support the idea of a “Myanmar-style coup” that could return the presidency to Trump—though he has attempted to walk back that suggestion.

But not everyone in Trump’s orbit buys into the idea that Trump could soon get his old job back. Jenna Ellis, another of the former president’s attorneys, said “no, President Trump is not going to be ‘reinstated.’”

Sources: Forbes, News Yahoo, The Gateway Pundit

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