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    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan spoke out Sunday, publicly condemning attempts by Republican lawmakers to overturn the results of the presidential election. “The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans,” he said in a tweet. The American people—not the politicians—elect the president. The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/8fpZcxyXt9 — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 3, 2021 This comes after several GOP senators said they would reject the election results unless a commission is formed to conduct a 10-day audit of the results. “Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has. What’s not working is that far too many politicians in...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Republican senators on Sunday joined a bipartisan statement calling on Congress to certify the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden. “The voters have spoken, and Congress must now fulfill its responsibility to certify the election results," said the statement co-signed by Republican senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, and Mitt Romney. Also signing the statement were Democratic senators Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan and Dick Durban. Augus King, an independent, also signed it. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson compared GOP efforts to block the final Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as president to “Don Quixote jousting at windmills” during a Sunday morning appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” At least 140 Republican House members and a dozen Republican senators and senators-elect have declared their intent to object on Wednesday when Congress meets to formally certify the election results. After bringing up the fact that not all Republicans agree with contesting the election results, anchor Margaret Brennan asked Hutchinson where he stood on the issue. WATCH: “Well, it’s a process that they have the right to initiate,” Hutchinson said. “I think it is a little bit of a Don Quixote jousting at windmills efforts. I think it certainly will fail. Joe Biden is our president-elect and he will be confirmed in that capacity.” The Arkansas governor argued that since the Electoral College...
    The Guardian ‘Traitors and patriots’: Republican push to keep Trump in power seems doomed * Senators decline to defend electoral college ploy on TV * Democrats and GOP leaders to block gambit aimed at party base * Robert Reich: Seven ways 2020 left America exposedAll 12 Republican senators who have pledged not to ratify the electoral college results on Wednesday, and thereby refuse to confirm Joe Biden’s resounding victory over Donald Trump in the presidential election, declined to defend their move on television, a CNN host said on Sunday.“It all recalls what Ulysses S Grant once wrote in 1861,” Jake Tapper said to camera on his show, State of the Union, before quoting a letter the union general wrote at the outset of a civil war he won before becoming president himself: ‘There are [but] two parties now: traitors and patriots.’“How would you describe the parties today?” Tapper asked.The attempt...
    Kelly Loeffler wouldn't say Sunday whether she will join the 'dirty dozen' Republican senators planning to block Congress from certifying the election for Joe Biden on January 6 – as Donald Trump pushes claims at least 40,000 Georgia votes weren't counted for him. 'I've said from the start, everything is on the table here, and I'm seriously looking at that,' Loeffler told 'Fox News Sunday' host Brett Baier when asked about Senator Ted Cruz leading an effort by 12 senators to challenge the Electoral College results. Trump continued pushing on Sunday morning a disputed claim that thousands of Georgia votes were flipped from him to Joe Biden in the presidential election and another 30,000 were completely removed. 'Georgia election data, just revealed, shows that over 17,000 votes illegally flipped from Trump to Biden.' @OANN This alone (there are many other irregularities) is enough to easily 'swing Georgia to Trump'. #StopTheSteal...
    So far, only one senator, Josh Hawley, has expressed a desire to run in Wednesday’s Democratic election at a certification ceremony scheduled for Jan. 6. This is the last attempt by Donald Trump’s supporters to repeatedly defeat in court the invalidation of election results in several key states won by Joe Biden. In a statement, eleven elected members of the upper house said Congress should immediately appoint an electoral commission with full authority to investigate “potential” electoral fraud, echoing President Trump’s repeated allegations and two months by several Republican lawmakers. “Allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election are greater than we know in our lives,” said eleven senators. The commission they want to create asked these elected officials, led by influential Texas Senator Ted Cruz, to “conduct a ten-day emergency audit of the results in the states where both candidates were by the neck and...
    (CNN)The scattershot efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election victory are coalescing into a movement led by top Republicans determined to exploit a manufactured crisis for broader political gains.Nearly a dozen more GOP senators, a handful of whom will be sworn-in Sunday, have now announced they will challenge Biden's clear Electoral College win over President Donald Trump next week during what has traditionally been a ceremonial exercise on Capitol Hill. Their gambit is doomed to fail -- they have acknowledged as much -- in its immediate objective, but likely to succeed in hardening the conspiracy theory-fueled, right-wing base in Trump's thrall. Nearly a dozen Republican senators announce plans to vote against counting electoral votesThe President is, predictably, cheering on the charade. His chief of staff, Mark Meadows, encouraged his former House colleagues to "fight back" in a Saturday night tweet. But the push to cast doubt over the election result...
    Mitt Romney has slammed 12 of his fellow Republican senators following news they plan to object to certifying Joe Biden's win when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week. In a statement released on Saturday night, Romney described the move as an 'egregious ploy that 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic.' The dozen rogue Republican senators who say they'll oppose the vote certification include Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.  Both men have been touted as future leaders of the GOP, and may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024.  In his statement, Romney said he believed the senators' 'ambition had eclipsed principle'.  He also claimed that the decision not to certify the Electoral College results 'has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.'   Romney is not the only Republican senator to oppose the rogue group.  Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and...
    Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week.   Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, issued a statement Saturday saying the VP 'shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.'  '(Pence) welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6th', the statement continued.  Pence gave the plot his backing just hours after Ted Cruz has said he would be among the 12 GOP Senators trying to block the certification.  Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week Twelve Republicans have now...
    Photo credit: Zach Gibson, Getty Images When the joint session of Congress meets on January 6th to certify the Electoral College votes, several congressional Republicans plan to object, but their views are not shared by all their partisan colleagues. On Saturday, several key GOP Senators — including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) — voiced their opposition to the efforts to block the certification of the votes showing President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first senator to say he would object to the Electoral College vote certification. He was joined by eleven others including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who issued a statement threatening to vote to reject the certification unless certain demands were met regarding investigating claims of voter fraud. An additional 140 House Republicans are expected to join their efforts. Vice President Mike Pence, whose...
    TWO Republican Senators in the Georgia runoffs have introduced "major legislation" to the majority leader in order to secure $2000 stimulus checks. Mich McConnell twice blocked Donald Trump's move to pass a bill increasing stimulus checks from $600 to $2000 during the coronavirus pandemic. 4Loeffler and Perdue are a handful of Republican senators backing Trump's push for increased stimulus paymentsCredit: Reuters 4$600 stimulus checks have been hitting back accounts since New Year's DayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Mitch McConnell who on Friday blasted the checks as "socialism for the rich." Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are running for the Georgia senate seats, have written a bill that would deliver help to Georgians He also described the money as a "universal cash giveaway," adding: "Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it." Democrats agreed to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republican lawmakers are joining President Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the election, pledging to reject the results when Congress meets next week to count the Electoral College votes and certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday announced a coalition of 11 senators and senators-elect who have been enlisted for Trump’s effort to subvert the will of American voters. This follows the declaration from Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who was the first to buck Senate leadership by saying he would join with House Republicans in objecting to the state tallies during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress. Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat is tearing the party apart as Republicans are forced to make consequential choices that will set the contours of the post-Trump era. Hawley and Cruz are both among potential 2024 presidential contenders. Sen. Amy Klobuchar...
    WASHINGTON - A growing number of Republican lawmakers are joining President Donald Trump's extraordinary effort to overturn the election, pledging to reject the results when Congress meets next week to count the Electoral College votes and certify President-elect Joe Biden's win. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday announced a coalition of 12 senators who have been enlisted for Trump's effort to subvert the will of American voters. This follows the declaration from Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who was the first to buck Senate leadership by saying he would join with House Republicans in objecting to the state tallies during Wednesday's joint session of Congress. Hawley and Cruz are both among potential 2024 presidential contenders. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had urged his party not to try to overturn what nonpartisan election officials have concluded was a free and fair vote. Some criticism Some Republican senators criticized their...
    At this point, Republicans might as well just open fire on Fort Sumter and be done with it. That’s the only way they could show more evidence of their “patriotism” and love for the Constitution. The only question is: Who’s going to be first? The whole right-of-center portion of the American political spectrum has fallen into a system where the selective pressure is all about being the most outrageous, the most extreme, the most willing to trample all the meaning of the American system into the mud while waving the symbols of that system overhead. It’s not a race to the bottom, because there is no bottom. But there is a point of no return, and Republicans have gone way, way past that point. On Saturday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz set out to prove just that when he arranged a whole legion of Republican senators who intend to “reject the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republican lawmakers are joining President Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the election, pledging to reject the results when Congress meets next week to count the Electoral College votes and certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday announced a coalition of 11 senators who have been enlisted for Trump’s effort to subvert the will of American voters. This follows the declaration from Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who was the first to buck Senate leadership by saying he would join with House Republicans in objecting to the state tallies during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress. Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat is tearing the party apart as Republicans are forced to make consequential choices that will set the contours of the post-Trump era. Hawley and Cruz are both among potential 2024 presidential contenders. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A coalition of 11 Republican senators announced Saturday it will challenge the outcome of the presidential election by voting to reject electors from some states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won. President Donald Trump’s extraordinary refusal to accept his election defeat and the effort to subvert the will of the voters has become a defining moment for Republicans and is tearing the party apart. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans not to try to overturn the election. The 11 senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, said they will vote against certain state electors unless Congress appoints an electoral commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results. They acknowledged they are unlikely to change the results of the election. “We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ALLENTOWN, Pa. (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey issued a statement on Saturday that presented his disagreement with some Republican senators planning to oppose the certification of the 2020 presidential election. “A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of the people to elect their own leaders,” Toomey’s statement said. “The effort by Senators Hawley, Cruz, and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right.” This isn’t the first time Toomey has spoken out about efforts to overturn or obstruct the certification of the 2020 presidential election. In December, Senator Toomey called the efforts to obstruct Biden’s victory inappropriate. “It would be wildly inappropriate for Congress to attempt to reject the slate of electors from one or more states when there is not even a close to sufficient...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A coalition of 11 Republican senators led by Ted Cruz of Texas announced Saturday it will challenge the outcome of the presidential election by voting to reject electors from some states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won. President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his election defeat and the effort to subvert the will of the voters has become a defining moment for Republicans and is tearing the party apart. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republican not to try to overturn the election. The 11 senators said they will vote against certain state electors unless Congress appoints an electoral commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results. They acknowledged they are unlikely to change the results of the election. “We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states...
    Loading the player... A coalition of 11 Republican senators announced Saturday it will challenge the outcome of the presidential election by voting to reject electors from some states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won. President Donald Trump’s extraordinary refusal to accept his election defeat and the effort to subvert the will of the voters has become a defining moment for Republicans and is tearing the party apart. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republican not to try to overturn the election. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) The 11 senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, said they will vote against certain state electors unless Congress appoints an electoral commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results....
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said Saturday that he would be among a dozen Republican senators who will challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week — a largely symbolic move that has little chance of preventing Biden from taking office. The Republicans join Senator Josh Hawley, who earlier this week became the first sitting member of the Senate to announce he would challenge the election result. A number of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also plan on contesting the vote tally. In a statement, Cruz and the other senators said they intended to vote to reject electors from swing states that have been at the center of President Donald Trump’s unproven assertions of election fraud and would call for the establishment of a commission to investigate claims of fraud on an emergency basis. Cruz was joined in the...
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has said he will be among a dozen Republican senators who will challenge President-elect Joe Biden's victory when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week. In a statement on Saturday with 10 other GOP senators, Cruz demanded the appointment of an emergency commission to conduct a 10-day audit of the election returns in 'disputed states'.   Until such a commission is appointed, they vowed to intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from those states - a largely symbolic move that has little chance of preventing Biden from taking office. The effort is considered separate but parallel to that of Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who earlier this week became the first sitting member of the Senate to announce he would challenge the election result.  U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has said he will be among a dozen Republican senators who will challenge President-elect Joe...
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a campaign event ahead of runoff races in Georgia for control of U.S. Senate, in Cumming, Georgia, U.S., January 2, 2021.Elijah Nouvelage | Reuters Eleven GOP senators and senators-elect will push to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the electoral college during a formal joint session of Congress on Wednesday, they announced in a statement. The senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cited allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election for which they provided no evidence and which have been rejected repeatedly by courts around the country. The Department of Justice has said it did not find evidence of widespread fraud in the election. The effort, the latest among dozens of Republican attempts to overturn Trump's loss, is unlikely to alter the Electoral College tally, which Biden won 306-232. Biden is expected to...
    Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was among several prominent Democrats who slammed the Ted Cruz-led gang of a dozen Republican senators who are threatening to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump when the results are certified on January 6th. On Saturday, Cruz released a joint statement with fellow Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-K), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN) and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-N), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) that said the group will reject President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump if their demand for an “emergency audit” is not met. Including Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, who has already promised to object, there are now an even dozen Republican senators attempting to overthrow the results of the election. Klobuchar was one of the more pointed voices in the Senate to criticize the move, writing “With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: can you please...
              Eleven more Republican U.S. senators and senators-elect from 10 states said they will contest the Electoral College results Wednesday over fraud concerns. U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), one of the 11, made the announcement Saturday. Senator-Elect Bill Hagerty (R-TN), who was endorsed by President Donald Trump in the election, is working with her in the dissent. They join U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and at least 140 Republican members of the House who previously said they plan to challenge the results. Hagerty tweeted, “Senator @VoteMarsha and I will oppose the certification of the Electoral College results this week. It is our responsibility as your Senators to represent Tennessee’s values, and we intend to do just that.” Senator @VoteMarsha and I will oppose the certification of the Electoral College results this week. It is our responsibility as your Senators to represent Tennessees values, and...
    Eleven Republican senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, announced Saturday that they would object to the certification of states’ Electoral College votes when Congress meets on Jan. 6. “Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” the statement, co-signed by Cruz and 10 other GOP senators, said. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.” “Accordingly, we intend to vote on Jan. 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified,’ unless and until that 10-day emergency audit is completed,” the statement adds. The other six Republican senators who cosigned the statement are Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Louisiana Sen....
    ▶ Watch Video: Senator Josh Hawley to contest electoral college results, forcing vote in the Senate Several senators, led by Senator Ted Cruz, say they will reject the Electoral College results unless a commission is appointed to conduct a 10-day audit of the results. Congress is set to count the Electoral College votes on January 6. “We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” the group said in a statement on Saturday. Cruz’s group is working separately from Republican Senator Josh Hawley in his effort to challenge the Electoral College results when Congress convenes on Wednesday. Dozens of House Republicans who are also expected to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory even though the Electoral College affirmed his 306 electoral votes in December. These last-ditch challenges are...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday said he is joining a block of about a dozen Republican senators that will raise objections on Jan 6 to President-elect Joe Biden's Nov. 3 victory, according to a joint statement from the lawmakers. Cruz and 10 other Republican senators or senators-elect said in a statement they would raise objections. (Reporting by Jason Lange and Tim Gardner; editing by Diane Craft) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, public health, United States
    (CNN)Nearly a dozen Republican senators and senators-elect announced Saturday they will vote against counting electoral votes next week when Congress is expected to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory -- despite no credible evidence suggesting widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.The Republican lawmakers said they intend to reject the Electoral College votes from multiple states until an "emergency 10-day audit" of the election returns in the "disputed states" is completed. The group includes Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama."A fair and credible audit—conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20—would dramatically improve Americans' faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes...
    Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Texas Senator Ted Cruz is leading a group of eleven Republican senators who are threatening to reject the Electoral College results on January 6th if their demands are not met. On Saturday, Cruz released a joint statement with fellow Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-K), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN) and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-N), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) that said the group will reject President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump if their demand for an “emergency audit” is not met. If they make good on their threat, these senators will join Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in attempting to overthrow the results of the election. Read the full statement below: “America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with...
    Several senators, led by Senator Ted Cruz, say they will reject the Electoral College results unless a commission is appointed to conduct a 10-day audit of the results. Congress is set to count the Electoral College votes on January 6. "We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not 'regularly given' and 'lawfully certified' (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed," the group said in a statement on Saturday. Cruz's group is working separately from Republican Senator Josh Hawley in his effort to challenge the Electoral College results when Congress convenes on Wednesday. Dozens of House Republicans who are also expected to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's victory even though the Electoral College affirmed his 306 electoral votes in December.  These last-ditch challenges are not going to change the outcome of the election and Mr. Biden is set...
    Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attend the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on judicial nominations and the "Online Content Policy Modernization Act," in Dirksen Building on Thursday, December 10, 2020.Tom Williams Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.It was too much to hope for that 2021 would bring a quiet, routine certification of the Electoral College’s confirmation that Joe Biden won the presidency, followed by a peaceful transfer of power.  According to Axios, a cadre of senators—led, of course, by Sen. Ted Cruz—plan to announce today that they will object to Wednesday’s certification of the Electoral College results. Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee are reportedly involved, along with incoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville of Alabama...
    President Donald Trumps extraordinary challenge of the Nov. 3 presidential election is becoming a defining moment for the Republican Party, one that will come to a head at Wednesdays joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Republicans not to try to overturn the election, in which Joe Biden prevailed, but not everyone is heeding him. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri vows to join House Republicans in objecting to the state tallies. Then theres the other side of the partys split; GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska warns such challenges are a “dangerous ploy” threatening the nations civic norms. Caught in the middle is Vice President Mike Pence, who faces growing pressure and a lawsuit from Trumps allies over his ceremonial role in presiding over the session Wednesday. Political experts anticipate no significant change in the outcome. Biden is set to be inaugurated...
    Photo credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images Key Republican Senators — including several rumored 2024 hopefuls and the two senators facing a runoff in Georgia — started off the new year by strategically switching their votes during the official Senate override of President Donald Trump’s veto of the 2021 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On Friday afternoon, the Senate completed the first official veto override of the Trump administration, picking up the baton of the House’s override vote from Monday and easily re-affirming the passage of the defense budget by a sufficient margin to defeat Trump’s veto. But while the vote tally was nearly the same as the original roll call, there were notable differences. More than two weeks ago, the Senate voted 86 – 8 in favor of the defense bill, with just six abstentions. On New Year’s Day, however, the veto override tally was 81 –13, with 12 senators now...
    Trump – Reuters Donald Trump was dealt a stinging rebuke by Republican senators last night as Congress overrode his veto of a sweeping defence bill. It was the first time in Mr Trump’s four years as president that Congress had blocked his veto power. Many Republican senators joined Democrats in an 81-13 vote to override, well over the two thirds majority required. As a result the annual $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act to fund the military in 2021 will become law. Mr Trump had called the result, which was expected, a “disgraceful act of cowardice” and the Republican leadership in Congress “weak”. The bill will provide a three per cent pay raise for US troops and included elements relating to defence policy, troop levels, weapons systems and military construction. Mr Trump had vetoed it, arguing it allowed for the renaming of military bases that honour Confederate generals, and...
    Nikki Haley’s appearances for Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue caps a slew of 2020 campaign stops for Republican candidates by the former U.N. ambassador, and a number of them are crediting her as an important factor in their November victories. Haley campaigned for the two Georgia Republicans this month in three events. The winner of those two runoff races ultimately will determine which party controls the Senate. If Republicans win one seat, they will hold the chamber, but if Democrats win both then they have control of the White House, House and Senate. NIKKI HALEY SAYS AMERICANS SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT 'WOKE LEFT' WHEN BIDEN IS PRESIDENT "I need you to vote," Haley told supporters at the Dec. 20 events. "I need you to vote early, and let's show exactly how patriotic Georgia is." But it’s not Haley’s first time in the Peach State this campaign season. Before the general election, Haley campaigned in-person for Loeffler, who...
    Alex Thomas December 30, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump got a boost from Republicans in Congress when Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced that he will object to the certification of the Electoral College vote count. But, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seemed unfazed by the news of Hawley’s plan. Asked about the Missouri senator’s statement, Pelosi said, “I have no doubt that on next Wednesday, a week from today, that Joe Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the Electoral College as the 46th president of the United States.” .@SpeakerPelosi on Senator Hawleys plan to object to Electoral College Certification: "I have no doubt that on next Wednesday, a week from today, that Joe Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the Electoral College as the 46th president of the United States." pic.twitter.com/prFwzzoVB9— CSPAN (@cspan) December 30,...
    Senator Pat Toomey (R- PA) said on Fox News Sunday it’s past time for President Donald Trump to accept the outcome of the 2020 election. The president has continued falsely insisting he won, after the many claims from his legal team have been rejected in court. There’s now some Republicans openly talking about objecting to the election results when Congress takes them up next week. Mike Emanuel — filling in for Chris Wallace asked Toomey if he’s concerned Trump’s continued election attacks could hurt the Republican candidates in Georgia. Toomey said that “the president should accept the outcome of the election.” “He had every right to challenge these votes, he had every right to recounts and to litigate. He has done all of those things in my state of Pennsylvania,” the senator continued. “He’s drawn conservative Republican judges who’ve dismissed these cases for a lack of any credible evidence.” He...
    President Trump on Thursday vowed that he ‘won’t forget’ how Republicans ‘sit back and watch’ as he tries unsuccessfully to overturn the election while lashing out at social media giant Twitter for flagging his claims of voter fraud. The president singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who drew Trump’s ire earlier this month when he officially recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of last month’s presidential election. ‘I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election,’ Trump tweeted on Thursday. ‘Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. President Trump is seen left playing golf at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. The president posted a series of tweets on Thursday raging at Twitter and Senate Republicans for not doing more to help him...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump has been tweeting furiously this Christmas Eve about his quest to overturn the 2020 election, even going so far as to threaten Republican leadership he sees as insufficiently helpful. “I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening. “Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats.” “I will NEVER FORGET!” he added. I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election. Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2020 Insufficient loyalty from Republicans has been on the president’s mind this Christmas Eve. “At a meeting...
    President Donald Trump raged at members of the Republican Party for refusing to overturn the presidential election's result in a Christmas Eve tweet.  'At a meeting in Florida today, everyone was asking why aren’t the Republicans up in arms & fighting over the fact that the Democrats stole the rigged presidential election?' he wrote Thursday afternoon. 'Especially in the Senate, they said, where you helped 8 Senators win their races. How quickly they forget!' The president had no meetings on his Christmas Eve schedule, but he did leave his Mar-a-Lago resort to play a round of golf at his nearby Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.  President Donald Trump (left) claimed that he held a 'meeting in Florida' Thursday where he was asked why Republicans, including GOP U.S. senators, weren't 'fighting over the fact that the Democrats stole the rigged presidential election'  The Trump tweet came after...
    Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post on February 6, 2020, as he speaks in the East Room of the White House one day after Senate Republicans acquitted him on two articles of impeachment. One of the biggest political stories of 2020—and really Donald Trump’s entire tenure—was what a bunch of traitorous sellouts the entire Senate Republican caucus turned out to be. Sure, we knew these GOP senators were no profiles in courage as Trump took the reins in 2017, but their constant kowtowing and, particularly, their hasty acquittal of Trump against a mountain of evidence that he abused his power to extort a foreign government in order to win reelection was an actual attack on U.S. democracy itself.  "It was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in early February shortly before he became the sole GOP senator to vote against clearing...
    From her home in Daly City, Calif., Judith Bolker is working to flip Georgia blue. The 69-year-old calls voters, urging them to vote for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the two Democrats seeking to topple Republican senators in the Peach State’s Jan. 5 runoff election. Bolker writes postcards and sends texts to Georgia voters of color for Reclaim Our Vote, a nonpartisan project focused on voter suppression. She also finds time to lead phone banks for the progressive organizing group Swing Left. Bolker’s volunteering has the intensity of a full-time job. It can last from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., she said, meals and exercise breaks notwithstanding. And she’s doing it all from a spare bedroom over 2,000 miles away from Atlanta. “Some people have called [it] ‘canvassing from your couch,’” Bolker said. With control of the Senate hinging on the outcome of the runoffs that pit Ossoff...
    NEW ORLEANS, LA. - As the U.S. state of Georgia begins early voting in a pair of runoff elections that will determine party control of the U.S. Senate, many Republicans are debating whether to vote in a system they believe to be fraudulent. “I think the presidential election was rigged,” Georgia resident Kyle Huneycutt, a Republican voter, told VOA, referring to the November 3 election that saw Joe Biden, a Democrat, defeat Republican President Donald Trump. “And I have very little confidence in Georgia’s capacity to conduct a fair and accurate election in January, either.” A POLITICO/Morning Consult survey from last month showed that even though there is a lack of evidence of widespread cheating, 70% of Republicans do not believe the November 3 presidential election was free and fair. Over the past six weeks, some notable Trump supporters – including Sidney Powell, a former member of the president’s legal...
    Both Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are leading their Democrat opponents, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s Senate runoff, a Trafalgar Group survey released Friday revealed. The survey, taken December 14-16, 2020, among 1,064 respondents, showed Loeffler leading Warnock, whom she has branded a “radical liberal,” 52.2 percent to his 45.5 percent. The figures include those who are “leaning” toward the respective candidates as well. Similarly, Perdue is leading Ossoff 50.2 percent to 47.5 percent — a lead outside the survey’s +/- 2.3 percent margin of error: Our new @trafalgar_group 2020 #GASen #Runoff #poll (12/14 – 12/16) shows GOP lead: Senate Runoff50.2% @PerdueSenate,47.5% @Ossoff,2.3% Und Senate Runoff (special)52.2% @KLoeffler,45.5% @ReverendWarnock,2.3% Und See Report: https://t.co/chWrezWXwu pic.twitter.com/xlXNxVCH9p — Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) December 19, 2020 Notably, Loeffler expanded her lead over Warnock since the last survey, bringing her 3.1 percent lead to  6.7 percent. Perdue also fared better in...
    Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty Images Millions of Americans are poised to receive second stimulus checks. Yet a fight is taking place on Capitol Hill over how much money will be included in any payments. The latest proposals include direct payments of $600 per person. In contrast, the first round of checks sent out this spring were $1,200 per adult. On Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., took to the chamber's floor to ask for immediate consideration of a bill he has proposed that would include $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals, $2,400 per married couple and $500 per child, the same amounts that were distributed in the first round. "It's the least that we can do," Hawley said. "It should be the first thing that we can do." More from Personal Finance:Sens. Hawley, Sanders continue push for $1,200 stimulus checksStimulus checks likely less than $1,200. What we knowHow a new...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump lauded Tommy Tuberville this week after the Republican Alabama senator-elect said he is not ruling out joining a House member to object to the election results when Congress meets in a joint session to accept the votes of the Electoral College.Trump is continuing to push senators to overturn the election while Tuberville's efforts would put his party in an awkward spot to vote on whether to accept the will of the voters or side with him. Trump's effort highlights the conflict facing congressional Republicans following the GOP President's election loss last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who for the first time this week recognized Joe Biden as President-elect, has privately urged his Republican colleagues not to join House conservatives in their planned objection next month.Tuberville, while stumping in Georgia for the Senate runoff elections which will determine control of the chamber, said in a video that...
    Remember Carl Bernstein's list of 21 Republican senators who privately expressed "extreme contempt" for President Trump? The veteran investigative journalist says the actual tally is larger. The Watergate sleuth made the assertion during an episode of the Battleground podcast published Monday in which Steve Schmidt, a co-host of the show and a longtime GOP strategist who left the Republican Party in 2018 to protest its embrace of Trump, made headlines for announcing he is registering as a Democrat. "We can get to the story I did about the 21 Republican senators, and the number is actually much greater than that, who really despise and disdain Donald Trump and have been so craven that they, except for a couple of them, they won't say a peep," Bernstein said. "And they have enabled, and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell, obviously, has enabled Trump's most egregious excesses." It was an offhand remark as...
    (CNN)House conservatives are undeterred by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's push to squelch their efforts to contest the presidential election results when a joint session of Congress meets in January to formally count the electoral votes that made Joe Biden's win official."I know there is zero chance of succeeding if you are a member of the surrender caucus," said Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican of Alabama who is a leader of the effort. "There is some chance of succeeding if you fight."The comments are the latest sign that many House Republicans are not ready to accept the results of the election as leading conservatives continue to echo President Donald Trump's false voter fraud claims that have yet to be proven in court -- and House GOP leaders remain silent on acknowledging that Biden is the President-elect.Indeed, even as McConnell ultimately congratulated Biden on Tuesday and referred to him as the...
    A hearing overseen by Trump loyalist Sen. Ron Johnson that aired claims of election 'fraud' devolved into a shouting match where the Wisconsin Republican accused his panel's top Democratic of spreading 'Russian disinformation.' Johnson teed off on Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters after fired cybersecurity Christopher Krebs observed that there had been three counts of the vote in Georgia, which he said ruled out foreign interference. 'The outcomes were consistent over and over and over again,' said Krebs, who Trump fired after he called the 2020 election the most security in history. The comment, which came as Trump allies raised unsubstantiated claims about voting machines and the president claims the election was 'rigged,' prompted Johnson to talk about 'Russian disinformation' – which he blamed on Democrats. He brought up a beef with Peters, who had blasted a Johnson report on Hunter Biden 'corruption' issued just weeks before the election.  Sen....
    (CNN)On the same day that he -- finally -- acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to grapple with the first leadership test of the coming Congress: Convincing his Republican colleagues not to formally object to the Electoral College results on January 6.According to Politico, McConnell told his conference that such a move would force every single one of them into a "terrible vote" in which they would have to go on the record in affirming that President Donald Trump did indeed lose the November election. And, McConnell argued, such a vote would enrage Trump.Which is true! After all, Trump lashed out at McConnell early Wednesday morning simply because the Kentucky Republican admitted, after the official Electoral College vote on Monday, that Biden had won (again) and Trump had lost."Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot)," tweeted Trump. "Too soon to...
    President Donald Trump's most ardent loyalists are blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for congratulating President-elect Joe Biden, venting their fury at the high-ranking Republican.  'The Electoral College has spoken,' McConnell said on Tuesday morning, before adding he wanted to 'congratulate the President-elect Joe Biden' and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Incoming Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, was among the MAGA supporters who blasted McConnell over the remarks. 'Every 'Republican' that isn't fighting for @realDonaldTrump's 2020 landslide victory is supporting the Chinese Communist Party takeover of America,' Greene tweeted following McConnell's remarks.  'The Electoral College has spoken,' McConnell said on Tuesday morning, before adding he wanted to 'congratulate the President-elect Joe Biden' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'We won't leave for Christmas without the COVID package':... Forget Trump and move on: Mitch McConnell pleads with his... Share...
    Bradley Cortright December 15, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is blasting Georgia Sens. David Perdue (R) and Kelly Loeffler (R) for supporting a push to disenfranchise the votes of roughly 5 million Georgia voters. During a campaign event for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Tuesday, Biden took aim at the Republican incumbents for stating their support for a lawsuit brought by Texas that sought to throw out election results in four battleground states that Trump lost.  “You know who did nothing while Trump, Texas, and others were trying to wipe out every single one of the almost 5 million votes you had cast here in Georgia in November?” Biden asked. He continued, “Your two Republican senators. They stood by. In fact, your two Republican senators fully embraced what Texas was telling the Supreme Court.” Watch the video below: Pres.-elect Joe Biden hits Georgias GOP senators over Texas election lawsuit,...
    US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a campagin rally to support Democratic Senate candidates in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON -- A triumphant President-elect Joe Biden went down to Georgia on Tuesday, where he headlined a campaign rally for two Democratic Senate candidates in the state that handed him his biggest upset win of the 2020 presidential race. The drive-in rally in Atlanta was intended to benefit Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are both facing incumbent Republican senators in runoff elections on Jan. 5. It was Biden's first campaign event as president-elect, coming just a day after the Electoral College certified his victory over President Donald Trump. At stake in the two Senate runoff elections is control of the U.S. Senate, and with it, the power to either greenlight Biden's nominees and his ambitious (and expensive) domestic policy agenda, or...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly urged GOP senators to refrain from objecting to electoral votes when it comes time to count them in Congress next month, making the remarks on a caucus call Tuesday. McConnell, who formally recognized Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president-elect and vice president-elect on Tuesday, reportedly told colleagues that an objection “isn’t in the best interest of everybody,” per the Hill: McConnell warned that any GOP senator who signed onto a House Republican objection to a state’s electoral votes would then force the Senate to debate and vote on the objection, putting fellow GOP senators in a bad position. McConnell was not the only Republican leader to make the request, with Republican Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) making the same call, though there is no indication, currently, that any GOP senators plan to object to...
    President-elect Joe Biden pleaded with the people of Georgia to give him control of the Senate, which will happen if Democrats win both run-off races on January 5.  'I need two senators from this state who want to get something done, not two senators who are just going to get in the way,' Biden told a drive-in rally in Atlanta Tuesday.  Biden was campaigning for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who are running against incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively.  If both Warnock and Ossoff win their races the Democrats will have 50 seats, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be available to cast tie-breaking votes in their favor.  Biden lashed out at Loeffler and Perdue for their part in the weeks-long saga dragging out the 2020 presidential election, as both GOP senators embraced a Texas-base lawsuit attempting to invalidate the votes in several...
    President-elect Joe Biden is campaigning in Georgia Tuesday for Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, and he made a point earlier of going after their Republican opponents for backing an effort to overturn the results of the election in the state. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue backed the attempt from Texas attorney general Ken Paxton to get the results of the presidential election tossed. The Supreme Court rejected the case, and now Biden is invoking their support of that effort on the stump. After joking about how he won Georgia “three times” following recounts in the state, Biden went on a tear against Loeffler and Perdue for backing the Texas case to “toss out your votes”: “You know who didn’t stand by? You know who did nothing while Trump, Texas, and others were trying to wipe out every single one of the almost 5 million votes you cast here...
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his top deputies pressed other Senate Republicans on Tuesday not to join in with any House Republicans who may object to the presidential election results when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to ratify the decision, a source familiar with the remarks said. The conversation was first reported by the New York Times. The report comes as McConnell faces increasing critiism from conservatives for opting to call Biden president-elect and saying the "Electoral College has spoken." He is among several leading Republican lawmakers who, based on the outcome of Mondays Electoral College vote, are calling Biden the election winner after weeks of silence. The Electoral College on Monday allocated 302 electors to Biden, and just 232 to Trump, in accordance with the results of the Nov. 3 election. That appears to confirm Bidens status as president-elect, something that requires 270 electors at minimum. But President Trump...
    The Republican secretary of state shredded the senators for demanding voter registration data their campaigns already had. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger unleashed on the state's Republican senators for their latest dishonest smear this week, saying Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have embarrassed themselves with a recent public demands for voter registration data their campaigns have already received. "Though I’ve told the Republican Party to stop focusing on me and instead direct their energies to winning the Senate runoffs, clearly they haven’t listened," said Raffensperger said in a press release on Tuesday. "As embarrassing as it is for Sens. Perdue and Loeffler not to know that the data they want is already publicly available from the Secretary of State, it’s even worse that they’re not aware their own campaigns already have the data they’re looking for." He urged...
    Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock called senators “gangsters and thugs” during a 2017 sermon that came after the vote to pass Republicans' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation. “While others were sleeping, members of the United States Senate declared war, launched a vicious and evil attack on the most vulnerable people in America,” Warnock said. “Herod is on the loose. Herod is a cynical politician who’s willing to kill children and kill the children’s health program in order to preserve his own wealth and his own power.” “On Friday night, the United States Senate decided by a slim majority to pick the pockets of the poor, the sick, the old, and the yet unborn in order to line the pockets of the ultrarich. Don’t tell me about gangsters and thugs on the streets. There are more gangsters and thugs in Washington, D.C., in the Capitol than there are — a...
    (CNN)A bevy of Senate Republicans, after refusing for weeks to acknowledge Joe Biden's victory in the presidential race, still wouldn't do so Monday evening even after the Electoral College made the win official."I'm not going to comment on that," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, a veteran Republican from Oklahoma."I don't have anything for you on that," said Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.Tennessee's GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn added: "We're going to be watching it, thanks."The comments were the latest sign of how President Donald Trump, even in defeat, holds enormous sway over his party, to the point where many refuse to publicly accept electoral reality or raise any concerns as the President continues to undermine the integrity of US democracy by lying that the election was rigged and stolen from him.Read MoreSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both have yet to acknowledge Biden's victory -- and...
    Supermajorities in the House and Senate voted to pass the annual defense authorization, despite Trump's veto threats. A supermajority in the Senate and House have voted to pass the annual defense authorization bill, ignoring angry veto threats from Donald Trump. On Friday, 84 senators voted for the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act legislation. Republican senators backed the conference report by a 42 to 7 vote. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted by 335-78 in favor of the bill, with one member voting "present." Republican members supported the bill by a lopsided 140-40 majority.
              Vice President Mike Pence hosted a “Defend the Majority” rally in Augusta, Georgia, gathering a crowd of 500 on a Thursday. The vice president stumped for incumbent Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in their bid to win re-election in the upcoming runoff election. The rally occurred at Augusta Regional Airport in the early afternoon. Perdue was in attendance though Loeffler was absent – the latter senator was attending the funeral of her campaign staffer. The crowd was exuberant, waving campaign signs and flags as they cheered. Augusta local Caroline Burr told The Georgia Star News that she came to stand up for the two senators and the president. “I came to fight for democracy, [to] stop the steal, [to] support Loeffler and Perdue,” stated Burr. “We’re angry because we feel like our democracy and our country aren’t being supported. And so, we want...
    (CNN)A growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to publicly acknowledge what's been widely known for weeks but what they've refused to say: Joe Biden won the presidency and will be sworn in on January 20. What they're less certain about: What President Donald Trump will do after the Electoral College votes on Monday and how they plan to respond if he won't concede after Biden is the official winner. "Trump's going to do what Trump is going to do," said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has asserted that Biden will be the President-elect once the Electoral College votes on Monday, but told CNN that it's Trump's call on conceding the race. "That's the only answer I'm going to give you." For weeks, Republicans in the House and Senate have refused to acknowledge Biden's victory, arguing that Trump has a right to pursue his case in court and staying...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson hurrying to do Trump, and Putin's, bidding Just because retired X-ray reader Scott Atlas has left his post as American’s fud-spreader in chief doesn’t mean that the Republican Party is about to be even the slightest bit more reasonable when it comes to the science of COVID-19. Any pining for the days when Donald Trump was promoting a ineffective and dangerous drug in the face of a surging pandemic is about to get a fresh whiff of nostalgia tinged by Lovecraftian horror, as the Senate invites a range of cranks and quacks to testify on Tuesday. Thanks to Vladimir Putin’s other favorite American, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, the Senate will be hearing from a fan of (brace yourself) hydroxychloroquine. That’s right, the drug that has been found ineffective in multiple international trials—and which the FDA cautioned against back in June—is going to get another day in the...
    Reuters December 7, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned in Georgia on Saturday for two Republican senators at a rally that some in his party feared could end up hurting, not helping, their chances by focusing on his efforts to reverse his own election defeat. In his first rally appearance since he lost to Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential contest, Trump urged the crowd to vote for Republican candidates in the Georgia runoff election on Jan. 5 despite his unsubstantiated claims of significant electoral fraud in the state. But he gave considerable time in his remarks to allegations, made without evidence, of widespread fraud in the nationwide election that led to a Democrat reclaiming the White House. Trump has declined to concede the race. “They cheated and they rigged our presidential election but we will still win it,” Trump said. “And they’re going to...
    VALDOSTA, Ga. — One month before a pair of Georgia runoffs that will determine the Senate majority, President Donald Trump used a rally for the two Republican senators Saturday to complain about his own loss last month, insisting he would still prevail and, with notably less ardor, encouraging voters here to elect the Republicans. Taking the stage for his first rally as a lame duck president, Trump immediately, and falsely, claimed victory in the presidential race. Trump lost this state by just under 12,000 voters to President-elect Joe Biden, who won the White House with 306 electoral votes. But the president has persisted in his baseless claims that the final outcome remains in doubt. “They cheated and rigged our presidential election, but we’ll still win,” Trump said, offering no evidence but nonetheless prompting about 10,000 supporters gathered on the tarmac at a regional airport to chant, “Stop the Steal!” Trump...
    U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to the key southeastern state of Georgia on Saturday to campaign for two Republican senators running against Democratic challengers in the January runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, but he mostly repeated his claims of widespread vote fraud. "You know we won Georgia, just so you understand," Trump told the large crowd gathered for the first post-election rally for the president. Few in the crowd wore masks. Democrat Joe Biden, a former vice president, unofficially won Georgia by fewer than 12,000 votes out of about 5 million cast, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992. Hours before his trip to Georgia, the president called Governor Brian Kemp, urging the fellow Republican to call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the vote results and appoint electors who would back him, according to The...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger touted his support for his state's Republican candidates for Senate -- incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue -- despite them joining President Trump in calling for his resignation after he certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the longtime GOP stronghold.  "I'm going to be voting for my two Republican senators, and I hope every Republican gets out to vote for our Republican senators," Raffensperger said Saturday on "Your World" with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, despite the criticism, which has even prompted physical threats to him and his family over the past four weeks.  TEXAS GOVERNOR URGES GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO 'OVERWHELM POLLS' IN SENATE RUNOFFS Trump continues to fight the results of the presidential contest in Georgia, which has turned into a crucial battleground in recent years. Biden carried the state by roughly 12,000 votes in last month’s election. The results were backed up by a...
    Reuters December 5, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump will stump on Saturday for Republican U.S. senators in Georgia facing January runoffs, but some in his party worry he may do more harm than good if he stays focused on personal grievances over his loss in the Nov. 3 election. Trump has repeatedly and without evidence asserted widespread fraud in the November election, a claim rejected by state and federal officials, including in Georgia, which Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry in a generation. The outgoing president has also attacked Republicans who have refused to endorse his claims, such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Statewide recounts, including a painstaking review by hand of some 5 million ballots, turned up no significant irregularities. Trump’s penchant for making his political rallies all about him – and now, about his claims the...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will stump on Saturday for Republican U.S. senators in Georgia facing January runoffs, but some in his party worry he may do more harm than good if he stays focused on personal grievances over his loss in the Nov. 3 election. Trump has repeatedly and without evidence asserted widespread fraud in the November election, a claim rejected by state and federal officials, including in Georgia, which Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry in a generation. The outgoing president has also attacked Republicans who have refused to endorse his claims, such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Statewide recounts, including a painstaking review by hand of some 5 million ballots, turned up no significant irregularities. Trump's penchant for making his political rallies all about him - and now, about his claims the U.S. electoral...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with 37 other Republican senators, slammed Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday for coronavirus restrictions forcing private religious schools to suspend in-person classes. In a brief filed to the Supreme Court, the senators threw their support behind Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's request for a ruling on whether K-12 religious schools are exempt from orders forcing all schools to move online. Cameron, along with Danville Christian Academy, a small Christian school, asked the court to vacate an order from a lower court enforcing Beshear's rules. Both Cameron and Danville Christian claimed that Beshear's orders treat religious institutions unfairly compared to secular businesses, pointing out that the governor has allowed gyms, bowling alleys, and casinos to open up with fewer restrictions. The senators agreed, adding that the inequality of restrictions is tantamount to the injustice "previously seen only in dystopian fiction." Quoting the Supreme Court's...
    Madison Summers December 4, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is sharing how multiple Republican lawmakers have privately called to congratulate him on his apparent election victory. “There have been more than several sitting Republican senators who privately called and congratulated me,” Biden said during a CNN interview with Jake Tapper on Thursday. “I understand the situation they find themselves in.” Biden did not specifically name who has called him. Many Republican lawmakers have yet to publicly say that Biden is the president-elect. This comes as President Donald Trump has refused to concede and has called the 2020 presidential election “the most corrupt election in American political history.” Biden continued to say that “until the election is clearly decided” when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 Republican lawmakers are “put in a very tough position.” Watch Biden’s comments below: While many Republican senators have not publicly...
    President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday night that “more than several” Republican senators have privately offered their congratulations for his electoral victory. Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Biden said that much of the Republican leadership would publicly acknowledge his victory once the Electoral College certifies the results on Dec. 14. He declined to name specific members, acknowledging GOP senators’ “very tough position” since President Donald Trump has refused to concede and he and his allies have continued to contest the election results. “There have been more than several sitting Republican senators [who have] privately called and congratulated,” Biden said. “I understand the situation they find themselves in.” Though the election was called for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Nov. 7, few congressional Republicans have come out and publicly acknowledged his win. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have both remained silent as well, refusing...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE on Thursday said that he has received private calls from “several” Republican senators congratulating him on his 2020 election win.  "There have been more than several sitting Republican senators who have privately called me and congratulated me,” Biden told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview Jake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election MORE in the former vice president’s first joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden revealed Thursday that "more than several" Republican senators have called to privately congratulate him on his election win, despite the fact that most of them have not publicly acknowledged his victory last month.Speaking alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to CNN's Jake Tapper during their first joint interview since the election, Biden was asked how he can be optimistic about working with the Senate, which is currently controlled by Republicans. "I say this tactfully," Biden said. "There have been more than several sitting Republican senators who've privately called me and congratulated me.""And I understand the situation they find themselves in. And until the election is clearly decided in the minds -- where the Electoral College votes, they get put in a very tough position," he added. Asked if he thinks more GOP senators will publicly recognize his win after the Electoral College votes on December 14, Biden...
    A group of Senate Republicans introduced legislation that would protect government workers’ private information from being spread online. The bill, titled the Public Servant Protection Act, was introduced on Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Marsha Blackburn, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, and Rick Scott. Should the bill become a law, all government employees, both appointed and elected, will have the right to have their home addresses and phone numbers removed from publicly displayed websites. The bill criminalizes the posting of such information and extends that protection to employees’ immediate families. “No public servant should be endangered or subject to harassment for doing their job," Cotton, a senator from Arkansas, said in a statement. "But as activist mobs increasingly target elected officials and police officers, additional protection is warranted. Our bill will help shield government workers and officials by increasing penalties on malicious...
    A group of Republican senators introduced a bill Thursday designed to protect government workers and their information as they work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, dubbed Public Servant Protection Act, gives all government employees, appointees and elected officials the right to have their home addresses and phone numbers as well as their immediate families' contact information removed from publicly displayed websites. The bill also makes it a crime to post any such information online with the intent to cause physical harm. Those who do maliciously post the home addresses and phone numbers of government employees or their immediate family members could face a fine and up to a year in prison. If injury or death results, violators of the law could serve up to life in prison. The bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out...
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    (CNN)Texas Sen. John Cornyn is outraged -- OUTRAGED! -- that Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden said mean things about his fellow GOP senators on Twitter."I think, in light of her combative and insulting comments about many members of the Senate, mainly on our side of the aisle, that it creates certainly a problematic path," he said earlier this week about Tanden's Twitter feed.Which is interesting!Because Cornyn has not always been, um, so vigilant when it comes to things that are said on Twitter by prominent political figures.Back in June, when reporters asked Cornyn about a tweet from President Donald Trump suggesting, with zero evidence, that a Buffalo man pushed down by police amid a Black Lives Matter protest was an Antifa plant, Cornyn simply walked away from the podium -- refusing to even deign the question with a response.Read MoreWhich is very different than his outrage over...
    A group of activists placed body bags with anti-Trump messages outside the homes of several  Republican senators on Tuesday, expressing fury over the state of coronavirus relief negotiations. Fox News reports: Activists hauled the black body bags out of the back of a rented truck and lined them up in front of the Washington residences of Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins, James Inhofe, and Lindsey Graham. Many of the bags were tagged with white signs that said “Trump COVID Death” and were meant to symbolize the more than 270,000 people who have died in the United States as a result of the pandemic. “GOP senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been blocking House-passed COVID relief for months,” the SPACEs In Action group said in a post on Twitter. “Today we brought the bodies to their doorsteps.” Over 270,000 are dead and @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is still blocking a...
    NEERA Tanden is President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The 50-year-old Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank. 4Neera Tanden has been selected to join Joe Biden's teamCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Neera Tanden? Neera Tanden was born on September 10, 1970, in Bedford, Massachusetts. She received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale. At the Center for American Progress she focuses on how opportunity can be expanded "for all Americans," according to CAP's website. Tanden has also served in both the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrations. As a senior adviser for health reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services she worked on provisions of Obama's Affordable Care Act. She lives in Washington with her husband and their two children. 4Center for American Progress co-founder...
    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus relief package in a new attempt to help unemployed workers and boost the flagging American economy as the number of virus infections soars by tens of thousands a day. Congress and the White House approved $3 trillion in relief early this year, but since then, despite lengthy negotiations, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been unable to agree on the size of a new aid package or who would get the assistance. The new aid proposal unveiled by centrist senators is closer to the $500 billion deal that Republicans had sought and well short of the $2.2 trillion Democrats had been advocating. It is unclear whether the plan can be passed through both the Senate and House of Representatives before the current Congress’ term expires and a new Congress is seated on Jan. 3. Republican...
    (CNN)A wide range of Republican senators are shrugging off President Donald Trump's evidence-free claims that mass voter fraud cost him the election, ignoring their party leader's relentless attacks against a foundation of American democracy amid their growing expectation that the matter will be resolved within two weeks -- without their involvement. As they watch Trump torch local Republicans and governors who refuse to try to overturn the election results, many have remained silent as more states certify Joe Biden's victory and more of the President's legal challenges collapse. A central factor around the GOP's decision to stay quiet: The two critical Georgia Senate runoffs where Trump can play a key role in turning out their base to help keep the chamber in Republican hands next Congress. Infuriating Trump now will only undercut their efforts to lean on a President who holds enormous sway with their core voters, Republican sources said...
    Two Republican Senators have blasted President-Elect Joe Biden's cabinet picks, suggesting they might try to block the nomination process after January's inauguration.  In tweets Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas hit out at Biden's potential picks for Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget.   Cornyn tweeted that the Senate is 'not obligated to confirm anyone', as he brought up the financial industry ties of some of the nominees.  And Cotton wrote: 'Biden said he wanted to unify the country. But he's picked a national security team that is weak on China, a DHS nominee who sold visas for powerful political friends, and a partisan hack who called Susan Collins 'the worst' for OMB. 'So much for unity.'  Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted Sunday that Joe Biden has put forth...
    As Georgia's two Republican incumbent U.S. senators each face a runoff election, their Democratic opponents are receiving help from the same activist groups that helped Joe Biden defeat President Trump in the state's presidential race, according to a report.  The Peach State's voters will head to the polls Jan. 5, where they will decide between Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue or Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in one race, and between Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock in another.Fast Facts on the Georgia Senate runoffs  The runoffs will decide which party controls the Senate in the next Congress  Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5  The Democratic groups include the New Georgia Project and others supported by Stacey Abrams, who lost her bid for governor in the state two years ago, The Hill reported.  Democrats have largely credited...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suspending in-person lunches for GOP senators, according to his press secretary Doug Andres, ahead of the Senate's return next week. Democrats suspended their in-person lunches in the spring as a precaution because of the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases are surging across the country — and in Congress. At least 11 senators have tested positive for the virus or the antibodies since the beginning of the pandemic, including at least nine Republicans.Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is 87, announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Grassley, as president pro tempore, is the most senior Republican in the chamber, putting him in the presidential line of succession. He is the second-oldest member of the Senate, and is just a few months younger than Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who is also 87. The oldest member of the House, Republican...
    Reuters November 28, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a letter to Senate Banking Committee Republicans on Friday that he hopes they will continue to show trust in the Treasury and Federal Reserve to manage coronavirus relief programs. Mnuchin came under fire from President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team and Democrats in Congress over his decision to allow some Federal Reserve coronavirus lending programs to expire. His action limits the ability of Mnuchin’s expected successor, Janet Yellen, to backstop credit markets for mid-size businesses, municipal bond issuers and other borrowers should financial conditions worsen, but frees up some $455 billion in borrowed cash for Congress to re-appropriate for other uses. While Democratic Senator Ron Wyden on Tuesday called the move “economic sabotage” that would tie Biden’s hands, some Republican senators had applauded the move, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, who said markets had stabilized,...
    National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar said there are “hardline voices” in the Republican Party who are discouraging supporters of President Donald Trump from voting in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff elections — which are set to determine control of the Senate. “Runoffs are all about turnout, and Donald Trump is the best turnout machine for Republicans,” Kraushaar noted on Fox News Friday, as the president prepares to travel to Georgia on Saturday to rally for Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Both Republicans are facing Democratic challengers in a runoff this January. “The challenge is what he’s going to say,” Kraushaar said, noting Trump could push “unfounded allegations of voter fraud” instead of boosting the two Republican senators. “Is he going to divide the Republican Party by making that argument?” Kraushaar asked. While Kraushaar noted that Georgia is fertile ground for Republican success, the party could run into...
    By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President-elect Joe Biden started rolling out his administrative team, one voice has been notably silent: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senate Republicans will hold great sway in confirming or denying Biden’s Cabinet nominees, regardless of which party controls the narrowly split Senate after runoff elections. But key Republican senators, including the GOP leader, are keeping quiet, for now, choosing their battles ahead. In announcing his national security team, Biden appealed Tuesday to the Senate to give the nominees “a prompt hearing" and "begin the work to heal and unite America and the world.” The soonest the Senate would consider the nominations is Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, when past presidents often have been able to win swift confirmation of top national security officials shortly after taking the oath of office. But with President Donald Trump still disputing the election,...
    WATERGATE journalist Carl Bernstein released the names of 21 Republican senators who have privately expressed their “extreme contempt” for President Donald Trump. Bernstein tweeted out his list on Sunday night, writing that he was not “violating any pledge of journalistic confidentially in reporting this.” 12At least 21 Republican senators have expressed 'contempt' for President Donald Trump behind closed doorsCredit: EPA 12Journalist Carl Bernstein identified the 21 GOP senators in a Twitter thread on SundayCredit: Getty Images - Getty He said he learned of the top leaders’ “contempt” for Trump based on conversations with “colleagues, staff members, lobbyists, and [White] House aides.  Bernstein identified many prominent senators, including: Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Chuck Grassley, Martha McSally. Rob Portman, Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, John Thune, Mitt Romney, Mike Braun, Todd Young, Tim Scott, Richard Burr, Pat Toomey, Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, and Richard Shelby...
    Veteran investigative journalist Carl Bernstein revealed the Republican senators he says have privately complained about President Trump but refuse to do so in public. The Watergate sleuth released a list that included 21 names in a trio of tweets on Sunday, one week after he appeared on CNN and called on journalists to consider unmasking the "dirty secret" of the upper chamber. "I'm not violating any pledge of journalistic confidentially [sic] in reporting this: 21 Republican Sens–in convos w/ colleagues, staff members, lobbyists, W. House aides–have repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump & his fitness to be POTUS," he said. "The 21 GOP Senators who have privately expressed their disdain for Trump are: Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby," the journalist added. "With few exceptions, their craven public silence has helped enable Trump’s...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called out Republican senators Friday night for continued silence on President Donald Trump’s attacks on the election. Some Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse, have been very vocal in denouncing the Trump team’s efforts to stir up baseless claims about the election. But many have been silent or more muted on that front. The Washington Post reached out to every Republican senator for comment and only a few got back to them. Hayes said Friday, “Despite how overwhelmingly clear it is that Joe Biden will be the next president, the current shame of the Republican party is the almost-universal silence about what the voters have decided.” “The vast majority of national Republican leaders continue to drag their heels, many have become complicit participants in Trump’s feeble attempt to subvert the election,” he added. Hayes then reminded viewers that during the impeachment saga, a line...
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with Georgia’s two Republican senators Friday, trying to hold off their Democratic challengers in Jan. 5 runoffs that will determine who controls the Senate at the outset of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. The trip highlights a critical juncture for the Republicans and Pence, who is trying to balance his own political future against his loyalties to a president who has yet to concede defeat. Pence appeared with Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on the outskirts of metro Atlanta’s sprawling footprint, on the same day Georgia’s Republican secretary of state certified that Biden is the first Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state since 1992. Although Pence has joined President Donald Trump in not yet conceding to Biden, the vice president held fast Friday to more careful language than the president’s repeated and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. “As our...
    Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski seen flanking ... some guy. When Barack Obama was sworn in as president in 2009, Sen. Mitch McConnell had already set out the primary goal of the whole Republican Party as making Obama a “one-term president.” McConnell didn’t succeed in that goal, but he did block the appointment of hundreds of judges, including most notably Merrick Garland. That left Donald Trump with 105 openings to fill on the day he took office.  Since McConnell has now made it absolutely clear that nothing like courtesy, tradition, or rules still exist in the Senate, and preventing any possible success by the upcoming Joe Biden administration has already been nailed into place as Republican strategy, it seems reasonable to expect that McConnell has his circular ready to accept the resume of every possible nominee that Biden sends his way. In fact, McConnell could start the term out extra awfully...
    The majority leader, who has refused to implement a Senate mask mandate, is afraid Republicans won't get enough done in the lame-duck session otherwise. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly admonished his Republican caucus on Tuesday to "be careful" not to get the coronavirus. According the NBC News, the Kentucky Republican was worried any illnesses might impede his ability to rush through more Donald Trump nominees in the lame-duck session. But McConnell has refused to take basic steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 — in the Senate and nationally — for months. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told the outlet that McConnell used a private GOP lunch to admonish his caucus to protect themselves, so they don't miss votes after Thanksgiving. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday morning, leaving Republicans unable to ram through a...
    President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Republican senators that there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term,' according to Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn.  But throwing a bone to Trump - and his refusal to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden - Meadows said the president could be around for another term too.  'But he did, I have to be honest with you, he did say, whether it's 45 days or four years and 45 days,' Cornyn told Capitol Hill reporters, repeating what Meadows had said in the closed door lunch.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows went to lunch with GOP senators on Capitol Hill Wednesday. They describe Meadows of delivering a 'goodbye message' Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters that Meadows had said there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term.' But Meadows also...
    Several Senate Republicans criticized President Trump's decision Tuesday to fire top cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs in a rare show of disagreement with the president's actions.  Krebs was the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, and his agency had recently issued a statement that the 2020 presidential election was secure. He also stated, "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised." Senator Shelly Moore Capito told reporters that she didn't agree with Mr. Trump's decision, and said she was "appreciative of all [Krebs'] work." Senator Mike Rounds said that he was "very disappointed when I found out that he had been terminated." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Even staunch allies of the president expressed no dissatisfaction with Krebs' performance in the job. Senator Josh Hawley said that Krebs...