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    President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE ripped CBS News's "60 Minutes" on Sunday after an interview with his former cybersecurity chief was broadcast on the program. In a tweet Sunday evening, Trump accused producers of the program of not contacting the White House for comment about remarks made by Christopher Krebs, formerly head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, regarding the integrity of the 2020 election. Trump fired Krebs earlier this month after Krebs said the election was “the most secure in American history.” The president has baselessly claimed for weeks that the 2020 election was stolen by his opponent, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials...
    Fox News Channel host Eric Shawn during Sunday’s broadcast of “America’s News HQ,” accused President Donald Trump of being unable to “wrap his brain around the fact” he lost the 2020 election. Shawn played a clip from Trump’s interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo earlier in which he said, “This election was a total fraud.” Shawn said, “That is, of course, President Trump claiming massive voter fraud this morning. His words, ‘they stuffed the ballot box. It was, quote a ‘fake election.’ All this despite the fact that his campaign has failed to prove any of this in court. In fact, your government, election officials, experts, and others — many of the Republican — including Trump-appointed officials say that the president’s claims are false and unsubstantiated.” He continued, “The president pronouncements have caused the president’s supporters to doubt the veracity of the election.” He added, “Critics say his claims...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE on Sunday indicated he will nothing will dissuade him from his belief that he won the 2020 presidential election even as his lawsuits fall flat and he fails to produce evidence of widespread fraud in the contest that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE won. "It's not like you're going to change my mind. In other words, my mind will not change in six months. There was tremendous cheating here," Trump told Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoSunday shows preview: US health officials brace...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE on Sunday said he regretted endorsing Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk MORE (R), taking a swipe at the top Republicans in the state ahead of two critical Senate runoff elections. The president decried the use of Dominion Voting Systems machines in Georgia, which are the subject of unproven conspiracies among some conservatives. He placed blame at the feet of Kemp and Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger (R) for approving the rules of the election.  "Everything has to be approved by the legislature, and they...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Sports are consuming precious resources Three days after it was reported that county health officials are no longer recommending that anyone who wants a test should get one, but that tests should be saved for essential workers and potentially exposed people, Jon Wilner lets us know that Pac-12 basketball teams are getting daily testing (“Pac-12 basketball preview: Wearable devices, daily testing and adjusted practices designed to combat COVID-19,” Nov. 24 ). It’s time to face reality. If we do not have enough testing capability for the general populace, we are not ready to return to a sports schedule that demands daily tests. Sports, college or professional, is hardly essential work. This sets a bad example and is consuming resources that we could put to better use keeping everyone safe. David Green Milpitas Fraud at prisons...
    President-elect Joe Biden picked up 132 more votes after an election recount in Milwaukee County, among the two places in Wisconsin that President Trump spent $3 million to force a recount. DONOR SUES PRO-TRUMP GROUP FOR $2.5M OVER 'EMPTY PROMISES' ON VOTER FRAUD In Dane County, another Democratic stronghold, votes are still being tallied in a count expected to last into the weekend, but Trump has gained 68 votes over Biden so far. Trump is gearing up for yet another legal battle, this time to toss tens of thousands of ballots in the state that Biden clinched by nearly 20,600 votes, with margins in Milwaukee and Dane counties about 2-to-1 for the Democrat. The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates after election officials found several hundred uncounted ballots earlier this week. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the chief election official for the city of Milwaukee, attributed it to “human error.” “I promised this would be...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump’s attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots. President-elect Joe Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1. Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. As of Friday morning, Trump had gained 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect to finish until Sunday. The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates after election officials found several hundred ballots earlier this week. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the chief...
    MADISON, Wis. -- Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump's attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots.President-elect Joe Biden's lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1.Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. As of Friday morning, Trump had gained 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect to finish until Sunday.The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates after election officials found several hundred ballots earlier this week. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the chief election official for the...
    Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump’s attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots. President-elect Joe Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1. Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. As of Friday morning, Trump had gained 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect to finish until Sunday. The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates when election officials found several hundred ballots, election officials said. Election...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump's attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots. President-elect Joe Biden's lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1. Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. As of Friday morning, Trump had gained 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect to finish until Sunday. The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates when election officials found several hundred ballots, election officials said. Election officials said those...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump’s attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots. President-elect Joe Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1. Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. As of Friday morning, Trump had gained 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect to finish until Sunday. The Milwaukee County vote totals increased for both candidates when election officials found several hundred ballots, election officials said. Election officials...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden's victory - even as he insisted such a decision would be a "mistake" - as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that "massive fraud" and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat."Certainly I will. But you know that," Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump - taking questions for the first time since Election Day - insisted that "a lot of things" would happen between now and then that might alter the results."This has a long way to go," Trump said, even though he lost.The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after losing reelection underscores the extent to which...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny urged the European Union to reject the results of Russia’s parliamentary election next year if any candidates are blocked from taking part and he called Friday on the EU to impose sanctions on oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny, a corruption investigator and longtime foe of Putin’s, has been recovering in Germany from a poisoning attack with what experts have said was a Soviet-era nerve agent. He told EU lawmakers he thinks it’s “important that Europe not remain silent” on conditions in Russia. Navalny described next September’s election for Russia’s lower house of parliament as “an absolutely crucial event.” He said that while he and other opposition politicians expect some vote-rigging, what “is most important is the right to participate.” Navalny, who has been blocked several times from registering as a candidate, said the EU’s approach should simply be: “If everyone...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat. “Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump — taking questions for the first time since Election Day — insisted that “a lot of things” would happen between now and then that might alter the results. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said, even though he lost. The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after losing reelection underscores the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states led to his election defeat, and said he’ll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said on Thanksgiving evening, despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.” Trump spoke to reporters at the White House after speaking with U.S. military leaders overseas. After his conversation, Trump took questions for the first time since Election Day and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key swing states that helped give Biden the win, as “enemies of the state” and claimed they were culprits in vote fraud. State officials and international observers have repeatedly said no evidence of mass fraud exists and Trump’s campaign has repeatedly...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states led to his election defeat, and said he'll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said on Thanksgiving evening, despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.” Trump spoke to reporters at the White House after speaking with U.S. military leaders overseas. After his conversation, Trump took questions for the first time since Election Day and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key swing states that helped give Biden the win, as “enemies of the state” and claimed they were culprits in vote fraud. State officials and international observers have repeatedly said no evidence of mass fraud exists...
    Several dozen ballots that were unaccounted for by election officials in the city of Milwaukee during Wisconsin's recount of the presidential vote tally have been found. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, confirmed that the city's count was 65 ballots short of the more than 460,000 ballots cast in the city. "We searched our reconstructive ballots, our blank ballots, and we could not find them there," Woodall-Vogg said. "We went back to our warehouse and located them in the voting machine where it appears that the chief left them. We have not yet counted those ballots to ensure that they are all accounted for, but we did locate ballots in the voting machine." Neil Albrecht, the former executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said he located the votes in a City of Milwaukee election warehouse voting machine. The ballots, which would not sway...
            by Scott McClallen  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday confirmed her department is investigating threats made against members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. Last Tuesday, Republican Wayne County Canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann originally deadlocked a 2-2 certification vote, precipitating hours of sometimes ugly online public comments. Wayne County residents and others doxxed – researched and published private information, usually with malicious intent – the two and their families. The Republicans reversed their vote afterward but later attempted to rescind their “yes” votes, citing harassment and threats to themselves and their families as reasons. Rep.-elect Abraham Aiyash, D-Detroit, divulged which city Palmer lived in and where her daughter might attend school. Others threatened to contact their career supervisors and demand they be fired. Palmer told the Board of State Canvassers on Monday that she received threats against her family and graphic photos of...
    ALBANY — It’s not over, till it’s over. After trailing in the polls by over 28,000 votes on election night, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi claimed victory Wednesday in the 22nd district over his Republican challenger — celebrating a slim 13-vote lead. The freshman Democrat now leads Republican opponent Claudia Tenney by 12 or 13 votes according to the latest results tallied by the local board of election officials in the district, sources confirmed to The Post. He was down by around 28,700 votes on election night, but has captured a majority of votes through mail-in ballots submitted. “This process and the integrity of our election are critical to our republic. This judicial review has been fair, open, honest, and transparent and I remain confident that voters’ voices will be heard,” wrote Brindisi in a series of tweets. “In January I will be sworn in and continue to work...
    A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The ruling on Wednesday comes a day after Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election.  It wasn't immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled December 14 meeting of the state's 20 electors. 'To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so,' pending an evidentiary hearing, according to the judge's order. Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic. In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on” and not “surrender to the fatigue” after months of coping with the virus. He noted that public health officials have asked Americans to give up many of the traditions that make Thanksgiving special, like big indoor family get-togethers. Biden said he knows how hard it is to give up family traditions but that it’s very important this year given the spike in virus cases, averaging about 160,000 a day. He urged everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing and limit the size of groups, calling it a “patriotic duty” until a vaccine is approved. ___ 3:10 p.m. President Donald Trump uttered one...
    By JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK and ALI SWENSON, Associated Press Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed. But in a suburban county of Atlanta this week, those routine waste removal appointments were twisted into yet another election misinformation story when social media users falsely claimed shredding trucks were destroying ballots and “evidence of voter fraud.” The unfounded allegations continue to spread online as Georgia officials carry out a machine recount of ballots after certified results showed Joe Biden had a 12,670-vote lead over President Donald Trump. Trump requested the recount, which follows a statewide hand tally. L. Lin Wood Jr., a conservative attorney who had unsuccessfully sued in an attempt to block the certification of Georgia’s election results, on Tuesday shared a series of videos taken by a Georgia resident. They showed a shredding truck outside the West...
    Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed. But in a suburban county of Atlanta this week, those routine waste removal appointments were twisted into yet another election misinformation story when social media users falsely claimed shredding trucks were destroying ballots and “evidence of voter fraud.” The unfounded allegations continue to spread online as Georgia officials carry out a machine recount of ballots after certified results showed Joe Biden had a 12,670-vote lead over President Donald Trump. Trump requested the recount, which follows a statewide hand tally. L. Lin Wood Jr., a conservative attorney who had unsuccessfully sued in an attempt to block the certification of Georgia’s election results, on Tuesday shared a series of videos taken by a Georgia resident. They showed a shredding truck outside the West Park Government Center in Marietta. “Evidence of voter...
    Democrats say the timing of the announcement is questionable. Not long after Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and replaced him with ally Christopher Miller, the Air Force appears to have made moves to place a new fleet of cargo planes in Georgia that could benefit GOP Sen. David Perdue's runoff campaign. The Air Force's "surprise" announcement this week happened just over two weeks after Esper's termination and Miller's subsequent helming of the Defense Department. Esper was part of a slew of other top-brass Trump administration exits after Election Day. It's unclear whether Miller had a hand in the announcement, but Democrats say the timing of it is questionable.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — A Pennsylvania appeals court judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results, a day after Gov. Tom Wolf said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled Dec. 14 meeting of the state’s 20 electors. McCullough scheduled a hearing for Friday. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and others filed suit Saturday to challenge approximately 2.5 million mail-in ballots that were predominantly cast by Democrats. They said the GOP-controlled state Legislature had failed to follow proper procedure when they voted last year to expand mail-in voting. The state Supreme Court has twice this month overturned Commonwealth Court decisions involving Republican election...
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- A Pennsylvania appeals court judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results, a day after Gov. Tom Wolf said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.It wasn't immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled Dec. 14 meeting of the state's 20 electors. McCullough scheduled a hearing for Friday.Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and others filed suit Saturday to challenge approximately 2.5 million mail-in ballots that were predominantly cast by Democrats. They said the GOP-controlled state Legislature had failed to follow proper procedure when they voted last year to expand mail-in voting. The state Supreme Court has twice this month overturned Commonwealth Court decisions involving Republican election challenges. State election...
    Attorney Sidney Powell took to Twitter Tuesday night to post an open letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to request the Zoom meeting where state officials decided not to “perform a real audit” during the recount. Powell, who said recently that she is not working directly with President Trump’s legal team in its effort and instead representing “WeThePeople,” has been critical of Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp and Raffensperger, both Republicans. She told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs Tuesday that she expects to file a lawsuit Wednesday and described it as a “massive document.” “The defendants are going to be folks in Georgia who are responsible for, supposedly, making sure that the elections in Georgia are done properly,” she said. “And there are just countless incidents of voter fraud and election fraud writ large in Georgia.” She said she expects to roll out additional suits. Powell’s tweet to Raffensperger read, “Please consider this an open records act request...
    Reuters November 24, 2020 0 Comments Pennsylvania officials told a federal appeals court on Tuesday it should reject a bid by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battleground state, according to a court filing. Lawyers for Trump’s campaign have asked the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the “effect” of the state’s results. The results were certified earlier on Tuesday, clearing the way for Biden to receive the state’s 20 electoral votes and dimming Trump’s long-shot quest to change the outcome of the election. While Trump’s administration begins the process of formally transitioning the government to Biden, Trump’s campaign is appealing a decision made by a lower court judge, who rejected claims of inconsistent treatment of mail-in ballots. Some counties told voters they could fix defective ballots, such as a missing “secrecy envelope,” while others did...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to power in Washington has formally started after a government agency declared him the apparent winner of the 2020 presidential election, even as President Donald Trump continues his long-shot attempt to upend Biden’s victory at the polls. Biden’s team of advisers immediately started reaching out Monday night to Trump officials throughout the government to learn about possible national security threats the country faces, and other immediate issues Biden will face when he is inaugurated January 20. Pentagon officials said Biden transition team members contacted the Defense Department soon after Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, determined that Biden is the “apparent” election winner and that the transition can begin. Murphy’s action allows Biden to tap public funds for the transition, to receive security briefings and his transition officials to gain access to federal agencies. What Resources Does the...
    PENNSYLVANIA has certified its election results – cementing Joe Biden's win against Donald Trump in the battleground state. Biden beat Trump in the Keystone State by more than 80,000 votes, officials confirmed on Tuesday. 4Joe Biden was declared the winner of Pennsylvania's presidential vote Again, I want to thank the election officials who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and countrys history.Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 24, 2020 As he announced the certification, Governor Tom Wolf thanked election officials "who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country's history." "Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably," he tweeted. Biden was projected to win the presidential race on...
    He now says he 'underestimated' the 'authoritarianism' of officials trying to keep people safe. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted on Tuesday that he had been wrong to "guarantee" that Democratic officials would immediately reopen all businesses after the election if Joe Biden won. "Twitter Left is aghast—seems the media/commie list-serve activated them all," he tweeted, referencing a now-viral video of his own July interview. "Two observations: (1) Biden has *still* not been sworn in & (2) perhaps I underestimated the vicious authoritarianism of today’s Left—so willing to destroy restaurants, bars, small businesses, lives...." The video, posted on Sunday by a Twitter account called "Bad COVID-19 Takes," shows Cruz telling the Hill exactly four months earlier that Democratic mayors and governors were only restricting businesses and schools during the pandemic as part of a "cynical" political ploy to defeat Donald Trump....
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio ABC News Political Director Rick Klein with WTOP's Dimitri Sotis and Ken Duffy WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20. Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said in a tweet that he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight. Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, citing, “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Michigan certified Biden’s victory Monday, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit...
    Election officials in the U.S. Midwestern state of Michigan certified Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state, despite President Donald Trump’s challenge of Biden's November 3 presidential victory based on unfounded allegations of voter fraud.  The Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, confirmed the results on a 3-0 vote, with one Republican abstaining. Allies of Trump had urged the board to delay the certification by two weeks to allow for an audit of votes in heavily Democratic Wayne County, home to Detroit.  The certified results show Biden beat Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points. That margin is larger than in other states where Trump is contesting the election results, including Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin.  Tristan Taylor demonstrates in a car caravan as the Board of State Canvassers meet to certify the results of the election in Lansing, Michigan,...
    Reuters November 23, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s legal team on Monday said it would continue its legal strategy to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election after Michigan officials certified results showing that President-elect Joe Biden had won their state. “Certification by state officials is simply a procedural step,” said Jenna Ellis, a legal adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign, in a statement. “We are going to continue combatting election fraud around the country as we fight to count all the legal votes. Americans must be assured that the final results are fair and legitimate.” Trump, a Republican, has not conceded the election to Biden, a Democrat, and has alleged widespread voter fraud without providing evidence. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chris Reese)
    The FBI is probing threats against Georgia’s top election officials amid allegations of voter fraud, Forbes has reported. The investigation, conducted together with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is looking into threats made against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his team, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs announced. Even though he declares himself as a “proud” backer of President Donald Trump, Raffensperger has been repeatedly under attack over the handling of the state’s election process after declaring Democrat Joe Biden the victor following a hand recount, the New York Post reported. This includes harsh criticism from Trump, who has repeatedly slammed Raffensperger, fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Kemp and other officials who oversee elections in Georgia, accusing them of failing to uncover widespread voter fraud, according to Forbes. The announcement of the FBI investigation came a day after the state’s voting system manager Gabriel Sterling, also a...
    The FBI is investigating threats being made against Georgia’s top election officials amid allegations of voter fraud, according to reports. In a joint operation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), agents are probing targeted threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his team, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs confirmed to Forbes, without detailing the threats. PERDUE, LOEFFLER BACK TRUMP CALL FOR GEORGIA RECOUNT, MORE SIGNATURE MATCHING “The GBI has information of possible threats. We are in the process of investigating any such statements directed at Georgia officials to determine their credibility,” GBI said in a statement, according to local news anchor Rahul Bali. The confirmation came a day after the Peach State’s voting system manager, Gabriel Sterling, complained of threats being made against him. The FBI is reportedly investigating threats made against Georgia election officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)...
    (CNN)A group of former Republican national security officials penned a letter Monday calling for an orderly transition of power as President Donald Trump continues to dispute the results of the 2020 election and and block a formal transition, despite President-elect Joe Biden's win."We believe that President Trump's refusal to concede the election and allow for an orderly transition constitutes a serious threat to America's democratic process and to our national security. We therefore call on Republican leaders -- especially those in Congress -- to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election," the group wrote Monday.Trump Transition Trump campaign requests Georgia recount that's unlikely to change his loss in the state Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit Trump tweets about election results and skips session on pandemic during G20 Analysis: Trump's attempt to steal the election unravels as coronavirus cases...
    By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — County election boards across Pennsylvania faced a deadline Monday to certify election results to the Department of State, an important milestone in the tabulation of votes for the presidential contest and other races. A Department of State spokesperson declined to say which counties have reported, and it was unclear whether an update would be issued at day's end. “The Department of State continues to work closely with and support all 67 counties as they work to complete the election certification process,” spokesperson Wanda Murren said in Monday morning email to reporters. “Certification is not usually a public event, but if that changes, we will notify you.” The boards in two populous counties split along party lines in votes taken Monday, with majority Democrats in both places voting to certify the results. Allegheny County, which gave a majority to Democrat Joe Biden,...
    The FBI is investigating threats being made against Georgia’s top election officials amid allegations of voter fraud, according to reports. In a joint operation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), agents are probing targeted threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his team, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs confirmed to Forbes, without detailing the threats. “The GBI has information of possible threats. We are in the process of investigating any such statements directed at Georgia officials to determine their credibility,” GBI said in a statement, according to local news anchor Rahul Bali. The confirmation came a day after the Peach State’s voting system manager, Gabriel Sterling, complained of threats being made against him. “So this is fun … multiple attempted hacks of my emails, police protection around my home, the threats,” Sterling, a Republican, tweeted Saturday. Despite calling himself a “proud” supporter of President...
    More than 100 former GOP senior national security officials who served under former Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, as well as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE, are urging party leadership to demand the president cease his “anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election” and concede. “It has been clear for over two weeks that Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE won the 2020 Presidential election, garnering 306 electoral votes, far more than the 270 electoral votes required to be elected,” reads letter signed by the group of former officials, known as Former Republican National Security...
    More than 100 former senior national security officials who served in Republican administrations are urging President Trump to concede the 2020 presidential election, saying his refusal to do so is “a serious threat to America’s democratic process and to our national security.” The warning comes as the General Services Administration has yet to ascertain Joe Biden’s presidency, and as Trump refuses to concede, as his campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of key battleground states. MCENANY RIPS 'INEXCUSABLE' 2016 TRANISITON, SAYS GSA WILL CERTIFY AT 'RIGHT TIME' In a letter first obtained by The Washington Post on Monday, dozens of leading national security experts and former officials urged Trump to allow “for an orderly transition,” and called on Republican leaders, “especially those in Congress,” to “publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.” “It has been clear for over two weeks that...
    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 100 former Republican national security officials demanded on Monday that party leaders denounce President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential election, calling it a dangerous and anti-democratic assault on U.S. institutions. Comprising some of the most senior national security officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, the group decried the failure of most congressional Republicans to condemn Trump's unwillingness to acknowledge Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election. The group - Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden - which formed in August and whose members campaigned against Trump, was particularly critical of Republican congressional leaders in a published letter. Most Republicans have remained largely silent while Trump disputes the election results with unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud and his legal team pursues increasingly desperate and unsuccessful...
    Reuters November 23, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and his allies have suffered a string of judicial defeats in their bid to prevent states from certifying President-Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election. On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump’s challenge to mail-in ballots in the state had been “haphazardly stitched together” like “Frankenstein’s monster.” Several Trump campaign lawsuits have been dismissed, and legal experts said the remaining cases do not give Trump, a Republican, a viable path to overturning the election results. Below is a list of litigation that could play out in the coming days. JUDGE TOSSES SUIT TO BLOCK BIDEN’S PENNSYLVANIA WIN The Trump campaign sued on Nov. 9 to prevent Biden, a Democrat, from being certified by election officials as the winner in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit said Republican observers were denied access to the counting...
    By Makini Brice and Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and his allies have suffered a string of judicial defeats in their bid to prevent states from certifying President-Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election. On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump's challenge to mail-in ballots in the state had been "haphazardly stitched together" like "Frankenstein's monster." Several Trump campaign lawsuits have been dismissed, and legal experts said the remaining cases do not give Trump, a Republican, a viable path to overturning the election results. Below is a list of litigation that could play out in the coming days. JUDGE TOSSES SUIT TO BLOCK BIDEN'S PENNSYLVANIA WIN The Trump campaign sued on Nov. 9 to prevent Biden, a Democrat, from being certified by election officials as the winner in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit said Republican observers were denied access to the...
    US President Donald Trump has claimed there were more votes than people who voted in some swing states in a late-night rant before his post was labeled as disputed by Twitter. After 4am this morning, the President tweeted: 'In certain swing states, there were more votes than people who voted, and in big numbers. Does that not really matter?  'Stopping Poll Watchers, voting for unsuspecting people, fake ballots and so much more. Such egregious conduct. We will win!'   Twitter flagged the tweet, saying the President's claims about election fraud are disputed.  It linked to an article by VOANews which says 'Experts and officials said there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 US elections.'   Over the weekend, Trump continued his claims of election fraud as he alleged 'big voter fraud information' had been discovered in Georgia.   A handout photo made available by The White House...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia law enforcement are investigating threats made against the state’s top election officials, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs announced Sunday. The probe comes as election workers across the country have complained that President Trump’s unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud have been putting them at risk. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s joint probe is specifically targeted at threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his team, Forbes reported. Fuchs declined to specify the exact nature of the threats. A Dailymail.com request for further comment has not yet been returned by Fuchs’ office. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s joint probe is specifically targeted at threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and a number of his team The probe comes as election workers across the country have complained that President...
    Jake Tapper closed out CNN’s State of the Union smacking down the Trump team’s legal fight as a self-evident farce rife with baseless conspiracy theories, and calling on people in government who have been silent to speak up in the face of these attacks. Tapper recapped the Trump team’s continued legal failures, particularly the ruling in Pennsylvania Saturday night in which a judge made it clear he would not invalidate millions of votes because of what they’re claiming. “That is, in a nutshell, the Trump case,” Tapper said. “Throw out millions of legal votes so as to overturn the will of the voters and undermine democracy.” He quoted the judge saying the Trump team offered “trained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” before saying more bluntly, “The Trump team’s argument to the public that millions of votes were stolen through election software is quite literally insane. It is...
    The Associated Press’ Michael Tarm reports: “Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count. Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by about 20,600 votes. With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Trump’s strategy is widely seen as aimed at an eventual court challenge, part of a push in key states to undo his election loss.” MPR reports: “Minnesota health officials reported another 51 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, pushing the state’s pandemic death toll past 3,200. But at the end of a grim week in a difficult month, there was a glimmer of hope: Saturday’s update from the state Health Department marked the first time...
    By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a scathing court setback in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump faces increased pressure from his fellow Republicans to drop his effort to overturn the U.S. presidential election and concede to Democrat Joe Biden. Since Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago, Trump has launched a barrage of lawsuits and mounted a pressure campaign to prevent states from certifying their vote totals. So far, attempts to thwart certification have failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona. On Saturday, Matthew Brann, a Republican federal judge nominated by former President Barack Obama, dismissed a similar effort in Pennsylvania, writing that the case amounted to "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations." For Trump to have any hope of remaining in the White House, he needs to eliminate Biden's 81,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania. The state is due to begin certifying its results on Monday. Trump's...
    Election officials in Wisconsins largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count. Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Bidens victory by about 20,600 votes. With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Trumps strategy is widely seen as aimed at an eventual court challenge, part of a push in key states to undo his election loss. A steady stream of Republican complaints in Milwaukee was putting the recount far behind schedule, county clerk George Christenson said. He said many Trump observers were breaking rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments. "Thats unacceptable," he said. He said some of the Trump observers "clearly dont know what they are doing."...
    Election officials in Wisconsin said Saturday that Trump poll watchers were “obstructing” the recount and acting in “bad faith” as tabulations continue in Milwaukee and Dane counties. President Trump’s campaign demanded a recount in the liberal counties that include the state’s largest cities of Milwaukee and Madison. Milwaukee County election commissioner Tom Posnanski reported to fellow commissioners that more than one pro-Trump representative was discovered at different tabulation tables. Some allegedly posing as independents, breaking regulations that require one member from each political party. One Trump-observer reportedly rejected every ballot that was pulled from a bag because they were folded, he said. Posnanski called it “prima facie evidence of bad faith by the Trump campaign.” “I want to know what is going on and why there continues to be obstruction,” he added. Trump called for a recount after Wisconsin tabulated a win for Joe Biden, a Democrat, by more than 20,000 votes. The Trump campaign and...
    The latest attempt by the Republican Party to stop Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers from certifying the 2020 presidential election results was submitted Saturday in a letter requesting a two-week delay. A joint letter from the Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan GOP Chairman Laura Cox, urged the board to adjourn for 14 days to allow an in-depth audit to avoid the “distrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement” from Michigan voters. MICHIGAN SHOULD DELAY ELECTION CERTIFICATION, GOP SENATE CANDIDATE SAYS McDaniel and Cox pointed to alleged “anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities” in Wayne County, which made headlines this week after two of the board’s canvassers first opposed certifying the election’s results. They then opted to support them, before again changing their minds and filing affidavits to rescind their support. This did not effectively reverse the board's certification. But the request to pause certification to allow for an audit is fruitless as...
    Officials overseeing the election in Wisconsin's largest county on Saturday accused ballot tabulation observers for President Trump of trying to obstruct the recount. Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said that in some cases observers were objecting to nearly every ballot pulled to count, The Associated Press reported. Christenson said the complaints were putting the recount behind schedule, and many observers were breaking rules by interrupting vote counters with questions or objections. He called the behavior "unacceptable." “It’s not our job to train their observers on what they’re observing,” he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They clearly don’t know what they’re doing and so they keep asking questions. And we’ve said to the Trump campaign, you need to tell your people what you’re looking for here because they’re objecting to every ballot.” A lawyer speaking on behalf of the Trump campaign denied any allegations his side acted in bad faith. “I want to get to the...
    By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count. Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Biden's victory by about 20,600 votes. With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Trump's strategy is widely seen as aimed at an eventual court challenge, part of a push in key states to undo his election loss. A steady stream of Republican complaints in Milwaukee was putting the recount far behind schedule, county clerk George Christenson said. He said many Trump observers were breaking rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments. “That’s unacceptable,” he said. He said some of the Trump...
    The pieces are finally coming together, and they reveal a masterpiece of electoral larceny involving Big Tech oligarchs, activists, and government officials who prioritize partisanship over patriotism. The 2020 election was stolen because leftists were able to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to weaken, alter, and eliminate laws that were put in place over the course of decades to preserve the integrity of the ballot box. But just as importantly, it was stolen because those same leftists had a thoroughly-crafted plan, and because they were rigorous in its implementation and ruthless in its execution. Let’s not forget that liberals have been consumed by a fixation with removing Donald Trump from office for longer than he’s actually been in office. The sordid story of the 2020 election heist begins all the way back in January 2017, when Barack Obama’s former campaign manager and senior advisor, David Plouffe, took a job leading the...
    Donald Trump's far-right MAGA supporters, including the Proud Boys and their cohort, have taken their verbal threats against 'the left' and anyone supporting Joe Biden's election as president to a new level this week. The longer that Donald Trump refuses to concede the presidential election to Joe Biden—and the more he and his minions promote conspiracy theories to claim that Biden won fraudulently—the more the unhinged behavior of their perfervid True Believers, threatening mass violence and more, begins to pile up. Primed by an outburst from leading far-right extremists such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys advocating that liberal media and political figures be targeted for violence, a deluge of similarly violent and threatening rhetoric has washed across the political landscape, both on social media and in real life, from other far-right figures and, to an even greater degree, their armies of followers. Their targets—primarily political figures involved in...
    President Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden, appointing his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to lead the effort to overturn the results. According to a Saturday report from The Daily Beast, top officials on the Trump campaign view this decision as a major mistake and have “zero faith” that the former New York City mayor will be able to prove electoral fraud in court. According to one adviser, Giuliani and his team have effectively taken over the reelection bid, but almost everyone involved realizes that his legal efforts are all but guaranteed to fail. “The obvious thing is, this is a sh*tshow,” the person said. “When the Rudy show started, that was a sidelining of everyone else. At that point, it became an issue of going through the motions and the recognition of, ‘OK, this is definitely over because we don’t have a...
    By Jason Lange (Reuters) - The normally little-noticed process by which individual states certify the results of U.S. elections is receiving extra attention this year as outgoing President Donald Trump tries to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Below are key dates by which states that were important in Democrat Biden's victory must certify totals from the Nov. 3 vote and pick electors who will formally vote for Biden next month in the Electoral College: GEORGIA Georgia's Secretary of State certified the election results on Friday. According to the results, Biden beat Trump in the state by 12,670 votes, or about 0.26 percentage points. Trump's campaign has until Nov. 24 to request a second recount. PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania's counties have until Nov. 23 to file returns with state election officials. State law does not set a deadline for completing certification. Unofficial results had Biden ahead of Trump in the state by more...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state’s electors. It came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions. Trump’s efforts extended to other states that Biden carried as well, amounting to an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to maintain his grasp on power, or in failure, to delegitimize his opponent’s victory in...
    By ZEKE MILLER, COLLEEN LONG and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials to set aside Biden's 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state's electors. It came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions. Trump's efforts extended to other states that Biden carried as well, amounting to an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to maintain his grasp on...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes. In some counties with closely contested U.S. House races, the party used the boxes to collect ballots. While it’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters, state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.” READ MORE: California GOP Claims Victory Over AG Becerra On Divulging Info From Unofficial Ballot Boxes Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party's unofficial ballot drop boxes. The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It's legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official." Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for...
    By Steve Holland, Alexandra Alper and Eric Beech | Reuters WASHINGTON – Michigan’s Republican state legislative leaders said after meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday that they had no information that would change the outcome of the presidential election in the state, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden. “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors,” Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement. Michigan is one of several states where the campaign of the Republican Trump is seeking to challenge Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 election based on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Before Friday’s meeting, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said: “This is not an advocacy...
    After a historic recounting of all five million ballots cast in Georgia, Republican state leaders confirmed on Friday that President-elect Joe Biden did, in fact, defeat President Donald Trump in the state, despite baseless claims to the contrary from Trump and his supporters. But the state’s embattled governor and its top elections official diverged sharply in how they relayed the news. In brief remarks on Friday evening from Atlanta, Gov. Brian Kemp said that under state law he must certify Biden as the winner. But the Trump-backed Republican, who has faced immense pressure from the president and his base to generally do something about his election loss, coated that message in criticism for the election process and insisted the Trump campaign can still fight the result. The certification of the result allows the Trump campaign to request a formal recount of votes, conducted by machine, and “other legal options” through...
    Washington — President Trump's attempts this week to subvert the will of voters and undo the results of the election in Michigan have left Democrats sounding the alarm that the president, in an unprecedented move, is using the power of his office to intimidate election officials ahead of the state's certification of its election results. At the root of their concerns is Mr. Trump's plan to meet Friday with Republican legislative leaders from Michigan, where he and his campaign have made unfounded allegations of election fraud in an attempt to block certification of its election results. President-elect Joe Biden is leading Mr. Trump in the state by more than 154,000 votes. The president is set to meet with Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey at the White House, at his request. At least two more GOP state lawmakers, Senator Tom Barrett and Representative Jason Wentworth, are also expected...
    The Board of Elections in Georgia's Floyd County voted Thursday to oust Chief of Elections Clerk Robert Brady after officials found thousands of uncounted ballots. Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blamed the problem on Floyd County election officials failing to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine. GEORGIA ELECTION AUDIT FINDS 3,039 MORE UNCOUNTED BALLOTS IN 2 COUNTIES Raffensperger had initially asked for Brady to step down and Floyd County officials met to discuss the decision before firing him, according to FOX 5 Atlanta. They cited at least two previous incidents over the past six months as the reasons for his termination. During a hand audit in the Peach State, election officials uncovered more than 2,600 ballots that were not counted before the county's initial certification, forcing election workers to rescan more than 8,000 ballots.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Friday,...
    Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal Money can't buy the Senate State-level elections marked by unprecedented stability MORE urged GOP officials to speak against President Trump's efforts to subvert election results in an open letter published Friday. "This is a period of maximum danger for our democracy," Holder wrote. "Tampering with county officials and inviting state legislators to the White House to discuss a plot to reverse the results of a free and fair election is the behavior of a foreign autocrat, not an American president." Holder's letter comes as Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) and state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) were set to meet with Trump at the White House.  Trump is widely expected at the meeting for press for the Michigan lawmakers to invalidate the results of the election in the state. Democrat Joe BidenJoe...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denied that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' MORE had invited two top Michigan officials to the White House as part of an "advocacy meeting," even as the president and his allies openly push to overturn the election results in the state. McEnany during her first press briefing in six weeks confirmed that Trump will meet with officials from the Michigan state legislature at the White House, but she declined to divulge details about the nature of the meeting. "He will be meeting later on," she said. "This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there." "He routinely...
    John Bolton told CBSN on Friday that the president will attempt to convince Michigan's two top Republican lawmakers to intervene in the state's election during a White House visit today. Mr. Trump invited the state leaders as his campaign pushes for Michigan's board of canvassers not to certify Joe Biden's victory. "The president's going to try and squeeze them," Bolton said Friday. The former Trump national security adviser said the president's campaign has no evidence that could overturn the results of the presidential election, and is instead leaning on his supremacy over the Republican Party to intimidate members.  "The honor and integrity of the Republican Party now rests on the shoulders of these two Michigan legislative leaders," Bolton said, adding that he hopes the lawmakers, Michigan's House and Senate majority leaders Lee Chatfield and Mike Shirkey — and Republicans at all levels of power — can resist the president's blatant...
    ATLANTA — A second election official in Georgia has been fired for "negligent failure to follow protocol" that resulted in several dozen ballots being omitted from DeKalb County's original vote count, officials said Friday. The DeKalb County elections board recertified its results for the second time in as many days Friday morning, adding 59 absentee ballots that were previously omitted. A similar vote on Thursday afternoon added 36 previously omitted absentees in the razor-thin race between President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. The DeKalb County official has not been identified, and a breakdown was not immediately available of whom the votes were for. DeKalb County Elections Board Chairman Sam Tillman said the employee "failed to follow our established protocol and blatantly disregarded the required processes we utilize to account for and record all legal and verified ballots." Tillman said an internal review found that the employee "is the...
    By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Friday that President Donald Trump's administration should aid President-elect Joe Biden in his transition, saying the Democrat has a “very good chance” of becoming the next president. “If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president, and it looks like he has a very good chance, the Trump Administration should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one," the Republican from Tennessee said in a statement. “That especially should be true, for example, on vaccine distribution.” Alexander, who is retiring, said recounts and resolving disputes after a close election are not unprecedented and should reassure Americans that the results are valid. He also drew upon the example of Al Gore, who 37 days...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden's victory.   Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies.     Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump's effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections.   Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, one of Trump's most vocal GOP critics, accused Trump of...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Friday that President Donald Trump’s administration should aid President-elect Joe Biden in his transition, saying the Democrat has a “very good chance” of becoming the next president. “If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president, and it looks like he has a very good chance, the Trump Administration should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one,” the Republican from Tennessee said in a statement. “That especially should be true, for example, on vaccine distribution.” Alexander, who is retiring, said recounts and resolving disputes after a close election are not unprecedented and should reassure Americans that the results are valid. He also drew upon the example of Al Gore, who 37 days after the 2000 election,...
    A group of more than 40 former elected officeholders, Cabinet secretaries and other officials is taking out a seven-figure ad buy urging a swift and orderly presidential transition as President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' MORE and his allies push ahead with an effort to reverse the results of the 2020 election. The $2 million ad buy by bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity highlights the bevy of crises facing the U.S. – the coronavirus pandemic,  a turbulent economy and the threats posed by global adversaries – suggesting that a prolonged or chaotic transition period threatens to put the country at risk. “Our adversaries aren’t waiting. The coronavirus isn’t waiting. The...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden's victory.Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies.Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump's effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections.Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, one of Trump's most vocal GOP critics, accused Trump of resorting to "overt pressure on state and local...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden's victory.Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies.Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump's effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections.Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, one of Trump's most vocal GOP critics, accused Trump of resorting to "overt pressure on state and local...
    (CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Friday that he'll certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory later in the day and will formalize the razor-thin presidential results after a statewide audit confirmed that Biden got more votes than President Donald Trump."Numbers don't lie," he said. "As Secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we are presented today are correct."Trump White House Trump administration tries to push last-minute immigration limits Trump told ally he's trying to get back at Democrats for questioning legitimacy of his own election Inside Rudy Giuliani's attempt to sow chaos on behalf of Trump and steal the election MAP: Full election results Raffensperger, a Republican, added, "Like other Republicans, I'm disappointed our candidate didn't win Georgia's electoral votes."When the results are certified, it will be a major blow to Trump's longshot efforts to overturn the outcome of the election. Certifying election results is typically a...
    Traditionally Republican, Arizona (southwest) chose Joe Biden after a close vote, falling into the Democratic camp for the first time in nearly 25 years. This was not to the taste of some, who sent threats to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, to her office and via the internet, she said. CCTV footage released by local media also shows a group of protesters outside Ms Hobbs’ Phoenix home, playing music and chanting “we want an audit”. “Their tactics of permanent intimidation will not prevent me from performing the duties to which I have taken an oath,” the secretary of state said in a statement. “Our democracy is constantly being tested, it continues to prevail and will not weaken because of me,” she insists. As Secretary of State, Ms. Hobbs is responsible, among other things, for the certification of Arizona ballots, which must legally take place by...
    Alex Thomas November 20, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) blasted President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election this week, saying that it is “difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action” by a sitting president. Romney — who has been a frequent Trump critic — released a statement on Twitter on Thursday night in which he said, “Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election.” “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president.” pic.twitter.com/S3kFsIRGmi— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020 Romney’s comments come shortly before the president’s Friday meeting at the White House with state officials from Michigan, a state that he...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, one of Trump’s most vocal GOP critics, accused Trump of resorting to “overt...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. “It’s very concerning that some Republicans apparently can’t fathom the possibility that they legitimately lost this election,” said...
    By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump's effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. “It’s very concerning that some Republicans...
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse blasted President Trump's legal team for threatening to sue officials who certify election results for President-elect Joe Biden. Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and other members of Trump's election legal team appeared at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to allege a plot by his opponents to "rig" voting machines in the presidential election, which delivered the race to Biden. In a statement later Thursday night, Sasse rebuked the claim and the Trump team's later threats to sue election officials. "Here is what I am telling Nebraskans who ask me how to make sense of all the different election fraud claims: What matters most at this stage is not the latest press conference or tweet, but what the President's lawyers are actually saying in court. And based on what I've read in their filings, when Trump campaign...