The subject is sure to come up when the former acting director of national intelligence and Trump ally meets with the former President at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, but the two men are expected to discuss a range of topics, the source told CNN on Saturday.
Grenell spoke about the possibility of a run during his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Saturday morning.
“In my three decades in American politics, I have never seen a better case for a recall, than there is right now in California,” he said. “And of course, if a public official is still failing to deliver on their promises, and if you can’t limit their term or recall them in time, there’s always one other option: You can run against them yourself.”
Under the California Constitution, the leaders of the recall must turn in 1,495,709 valid signatures by March 17, which is equivalent to 12% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.
If they meet that threshold, it is unclear what month a recall election would appear on California’s ballot given the state’s complex, multi-step process to formally set the election.
The state’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis told CNN’s Kate Bolduan Thursday that the recall effort against Newsom is likely to move forward.
As the fallout from that event lingered, coronavirus cases in California surged, eventually propelling the West Coast state to the nation’s top slot for the most Covid-19 cases, and the most deaths.
Critics had viewed Grenell as the least experienced and most overtly political official to serve as the DNI. His brief stint as intelligence chief was controversial for his oversight of two firings of top career officials, a re-structuring of several parts of the office, and declassification of documents from the Obama administration that fueled the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory amplified by Trump and his allies.
CNN’s Maeve Reston, Cheri Mossburg, Alex Marquardt, Zachary Cohen and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.