Former Overstock CEO and Trump supporter Patrick Byrne said this on Tuesday, regarding his White House meeting with President Trump:
I saw Cippolone, the [White House] general counsel, say something like “You don’t even need me, you can just do this verbally. If you really want to appoint Sidney Powell special counsel, you can just say it.” And after fifteen more minutes of arguing, President Trump said ... “You know what? I’ve made my decision. Sidney Powell, you’re appointed White House special counsel.” And somebody objected “She needs a clearance, and that’s going to take X many this and that...” And President Trump said, “You know what? I have the ability to give a clearance with my word. I hereby give you a TS-SCI clearance. This is done, this decision is done, we’re going.”
For those who don’t know, Sidney Powell is a pro-Trump lawyer who has filed lawsuits baselessly alleging widespread fraud in the 2020 US Presidential Election. The Washington Post had reported that President Trump was considering appointing Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate claims of election fraud, and President Trump has tweeted publicly that a special counsel should be appointed.
But my question is, is Byrne right that Trump said verbally that he was appointing Sidney Powell as special counsel?