Donald Trump had a bizarre visit in his final days at the White House from a businessman known as the “My Pillow Guy”.
Michael Lindell was photographed just before he went in to see the president in the West Wing.
He was carrying a set of notes which included references to “martial law” and advocating appointing someone loyal to Mr Trump to head the CIA.
Mr Lindell is chief executive of a company called My Pillow.
He is a Republican donor and has been a loyal supporter of the president.
He is also a familiar face on US television screens, appearing in adverts for his own product.
On Thursday he wrote on Facebook: “We will have our president Donald Trump 4 more years!” His notes when he visited the White House were only partially visible but included the phrase “martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any …”
Another part read “Make clear this is China/Iran….” and elsewhere he referenced “Foreign Interference in the election”.
Mr Lindell’s notes suggested that Gina Haspel, the current CIA Director, be replaced by Kash Patel, who is chief of staff to the defence secretary.
The notes said: “Move Kash Patel to CIA acting.”
Mr Lindell reportedly met with the president for up to 10 minutes.
In his notes he also suggested that Mr Trump use the “Insurrection Act now as a result of the assault on the…”
Mr Lindell later confirmed he had met with the president.
The businessman said he attempted to give the president what he described as evidence he had compiled about fraud in the election.
Mr Trump told Mr Lindell to give it to lawyers at the White House.
Mr Lindell said he did not believe that Joe Biden was the victor.
He said: “No, he [Mr Biden] didn’t win the election because I’ve seen it.”