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    Jenna Ellis, a lawyer on President Donald Trump's 'elite strike force team,' worked in traffic court before being fired as a prosecutor and hasn't paid bar fees, a series of profiles revealed about her. Ellis, 36, found fame on Fox News defending the president before joining his legal team's effort to overturn the election. She was subject to profiles in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, who questioned her billing herself as a 'constitutional lawyer' and traces her rapid rise from the Colorado legal system to the president's defender. The pieces question her credentials to be an election lawyer as Trump and his team claim voter fraud, which they have yet to show proof for, and try to overturn the results.    Jenna Ellis, a lawyer on President Donald Trump's 'elite strike force team,' was subject to profiles in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal about her rapid...
    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s legal team is pleading with a judge not to send him to prison for lying to secure surveillance orders against President Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page. Clinesmith agreed in August to plead guilty to making false statements when he doctored an email submitted as evidence to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The discovery was made by US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s team reviewing the FBI’s Russia investigation. Durham will serve as a special counsel continuing his work under President-elect Joe Biden. see also Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to falsifying Russia probe doc Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to falsifying an e-mail that... The disgraced attorney faces up to five years in prison, though sentencing guidelines reportedly call for a maximum of six months behind bars. Clinesmith’s legal team argued in court papers that he “cut a corner” because...
    DETROIT (AP) — Nissan said Friday that it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards. The announcement is another sign that a coalition of automakers backing the outgoing administration could fall apart. General Motors ended its support for the Trump administration’s battle with California on emissions standards last week. Nissan said it’s pulling out because of confidence that discussions between the industry, California and the administration of President-elect Joe Biden can develop one national standard. GM and Nissan were part of a coalition of 13 automakers that joined the Trump administration’s legal fight. Nissan’s departure leaves Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Isuzu, Suzuki, Maserati, McLaren, Aston-Martin and Ferrari in the coalition. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Legendary football coach Lou Holtz, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this week from President Donald Trump, said he thinks the biggest issue facing the nation at this time is the legal right to vote and to have their votes counted honestly.  Holtz also praised Trump as the greatest president of his lifetime, while speaking to Fox Business Stuart Varney. "Right now, this should scare every Democrat, every American, everybody," Holtz said. "Lets have fair elections, lets make sure that happens, and I want to be involved as best I can on that." He added he was "blessed" to receive the Medal of Freedom from a president he respects as much as Trump, but it does not define his life.  "My life will be defined by my family, my friends, and you receive not because of what I did," Holtz said. "They give you the award, hopefully, so...
    Kellyanne Conway broke from her former boss, President Trump, and said that his chances of winning a second term are bleak. The former White House counselor said told the 19th "it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail," in an interview with Washington correspondent Amanda Becker that aired Friday. “If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail," she explained. "I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do.” The president refuses to concede the election, claiming the contest was stolen due to widespread voter fraud and other issues. His legal team is relying on a patchwork of lawsuits and convincing GOP-led state legislatures to overturn the results of the contest, but so far, the team has seen little success. Conway,...
    By Aram Roston and Brad Heath WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign paid nearly $9 million in its so-far unsuccessful bid to overturn the results of the presidential election, including nearly $2.3 million to lawyers and consultants who helped bring a series of longshot court cases. Jenna Ellis, 36, the attorney who has been one of the most prominent faces of the Trump legal and public relations blitz, was paid $30,000 in November, according to a report the campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday. In October, Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the campaign, was paid $138,258, according to a previous filing. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney who has spearheaded the campaign's post-election legal efforts, does not appear in the disclosures. Giuliani and Ellis have barnstormed a series of legislative meetings over the past couple of weeks to promote unsubstantiated claims that fraud was rampant...
    Following weeks of court defeats across the country, President Trump's legal team is hopeful that newly obtained security footage from a ballot-counting facility in Georgia may have given their campaign to overturn election results some rare, and much-needed, traction. The video, taken from inside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, purports to show ballot counters removing four concealed boxes of ballots from under a table after election supervisors supposedly had left the facility for the night. After removing the boxes of ballots, the facility employees seem to begin counting the new ballots with no third-party oversight — a violation of the state's election regulations, according to Trump's legal team. The president's attorneys believe nearly 25,000 ballots, all of which they say should be discarded, could have been counted. The Thursday release of the video has given new life to Trump's claims that November's presidential election was rigged against...
    "Honduran father Juan and his six-year-old son Anthony walk home after attending Sunday Mass on September 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. They fled their country, leaving many family members behind, and crossed the U.S. border in April at a lawful port of entry in Brownsville, Texas seeking asylum. They were soon separated and spent the next 85 days apart in detention." The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is urging President-elect Joe Biden to allow families separated by the Trump administration to be able to return to the U.S., the AP reports. While Biden has pledged to create a federal task force to help reunite families, he’s reportedly been undecided if they’ll be allowed to return to the U.S. But the answer should be clear, advocates say.  “We think that’s only fair given what they’ve been put through,” ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told the AP, saying that these families must be protected once here. “We will...
    CNN boss Jeff Zucker was caught in leaked audio saying the Trump legal team is “crazy” – and branded Rudy Giuliani a “useful idiot.” Secret recordings released by Project Veritas on Thursday appear to include Zucker, president of the cable channel, blasting the president’s personal lawyer. 8CNN boss Jeff Zucker is pictured here with President Donald Trump in 2008Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8Zucker apparently called Rudy Giuliani a 'useful idiot,' according to secret recordings released by Project Veritas on Thursday Credit: Rex Features Project Veritas, run by James O’Keefe, is a conservative website that uses hidden cameras and undercover reporters to ensnare journalists or politicos in embarrassing conversations. O’Keefe claims he infiltrated internal editorial meetings at CNN and recorded what was being said throughout several weeks.  A voice said to be Zucker’s can be heard saying: “There is a term for what Rudy Giuliani is suspected of being, which...
    Gun enthusiast Donald Trump Jr. might weigh a run to take over as the head of the National Rifle Association as a way to stay involved in politics after President Donald Trump leaves the White House, according to sources. The eldest son of the president is eyeing the executive vice president of the NRA role currently held by Wayne LaPierre, Business Insider reported Thursday. Trump Jr. has been closely involved with the NRA as an avid hunter, but one other source told BI the rumor might be far-fetched. "Don is just not getting involved in that pissing match," the source told BI. The leader of the NRA is chosen by the board, which is filled with LaPierre loyalists, per the report. LaPierre, however, is presiding over a tumultuous time at the NRA, which has been hit with infighting and legal battles, particularly with the state of New York. Funding for...
    Recently Trump-pardoned Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that the nation’s elections “should not be decided in the courts” — even as the president who just granted him clemency has been trying to do exactly that for the past several weeks. During a Thursday evening appearance, Flynn discussed his recent pardon, but then turned to his burgeoning role in helping his legal benefactor overturn the 2020 election. Flynn’s personal lawyer, Sidney Powell, has also become one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken legal advocates, though she has lost every lawsuit she has brought on behalf of the president so far — thanks to incompetent filing as well as lack of any real evidence of widespread fraud. Saying the country was suffering from a “crisis,” Flynn then elaborated: “Last point I’ll add, Lou, is that our elections, our election process should not be decided in the courts. But It should not be decided...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign, the National Republican Committee, and three affiliated political groups raised nearly half a billion dollars from mid-October through late November, the campaign announced on Thursday evening, including more than $200 million since Election Day. The eye-popping sum came after weeks of relentless fundraising by Trump and national Republicans, who used baseless claims of a widespread conspiracy to illegally deny the president a second term to rake in huge sums from grassroots Trump supporters. That fundraising push has largely asked for funds to attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election in court, where the campaign has so far been wildly unsuccessful in convincing any judge of its case. In total, the campaign, the RNC, and two joint fundraising accounts brought in at least $495 million from October 15 through November 23. “These tremendous fundraising numbers show President Trump remains the leader and source of energy for the...
    The head of CNN once referred to Rudy Giuliani as a 'useful idiot' and called President Trump's legal team 'crazy' during a staff meeting, according to newly released recordings. In leaked audio footage obtained by Project Veritas, CNN president Jeff Zucker is heard speaking to editorial staff about Giuliani's corruption allegations against Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.  During the call, a staffer tells Zucker that the 'real craziness is the client, not the lawyer', referring to Trump and Giuliani, to which Zucker replies: 'Of course.'  'Right, well, I think you raise a good point about not just pawning it off on the crazy legal team, but the client [Trump] is the one who is directing the crazy legal team,' Zucker adds.   'There is a term for what Rudy Giuliani is suspected of being which is "useful idiot",' he says in another clip. 'From America's mayor to useful idiot.'   Scroll down...
    President Donald Trump’s election campaign and Republican National Committee (RNC) have raised $207.5 million in donations since Election Day, the campaign announced Thursday. Trump allies are using the figures to support Trump’s position as the leader of the Republican Party even after his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. The funds came in part thanks to the Save America PAC, a fundraising organization Trump created soon after Election Day to help fund his legal attempts to overturn the results. “These tremendous fundraising numbers show President Trump remains the leader and source of energy for the Republican Party, and that his supporters are dedicated to fighting for the rightful, legal outcome of the 2020 general election,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement. EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign, the @GOP their joint-fundraising committees & @realDonaldTrump new PAC Save America have raised $207.5 million since #ElectionDay, Fox News has learned.https://t.co/aLJxSV5DUW — Brooke...
    Former Reagan campaign director Ed Rollins blasted President Trump's formal and allied legal teams on Fox News Radio's "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Thursday, at one point calling attorney Lin Wood a "glorified ambulance chaser." Rollins, who has regularly expressed support for Trump himself, also accused attorney Sidney Powell of being "off on some crazy fundraising effort" and described former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as "not who you would call a legal scholar who would be ready to go to the Supreme Court." "This was a gigantic election in the sense that more people voted than ever in the last 100 years," Rollins explained to host Brian Kilmeade. "Obviously, having the early voting changed the whole dynamics of the race dramatically. And if you're going to argue the case and try and get some legal reprieve, why don't you have the best lawyers in the country who understand campaigns? "The ideology of Lin Wood, who's...
    Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Comedy duo posts 'Ivanka Trump Not Wanted' posters around NYC MORE, the president's oldest daughter and senior adviser, confirmed Thursday that she was deposed as part of a Washington, D.C., investigation into the use of inauguration funds, decrying the probe as a "waste of taxpayer dollars." "This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration," Trump said in a statement, which she posted to social media. "I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge 'a fair market rate.'" "This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars," Trump added....
    By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's pardoning of his former adviser Michael Flynn has fueled speculation over whether the president could pardon other associates, and even members of his family, during his final weeks in office. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump talked with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about pardoning him as recently as last week, citing two people briefed on the matter. The Times also said Trump has asked advisers about the possibility of "preemptively" pardoning his three eldest children. In 2018, Trump even said he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself - a claim many constitutional law scholars dispute. Here is an overview of Trump's pardon power, which is sweeping but not absolute. CAN A PARDON BE PREEMPTIVE? While pardons are typically given to people who have been prosecuted, they can cover conduct that has not resulted in legal proceedings....
    Secret Service agents have stepped up their presence, and the builders are making renovations at Mar-a-Lago, but President Trump could face one more legal battle as he prepares to take up residence at his Florida club. The terms of his 1993 deal to turn the estate into a private club specifically bars its use as a private residence, potentially complicating Trump’s post-election plans. “There’s a legal problem with making it his residence,” said Laurence Leamer, who chronicles Trump’s bad-tempered relationship with Palm Beach's council and his takeover of the estate in his book Mar-A-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace. “When he went to the town to make it into a club, part of that deal was that he would not make it his residence. “The city probably won’t do anything about it. His enemies will.” The result could be the latest round in a...
    CNN’s Don Lemon called out President Donald Trump for his threat to veto the massive defense budget bill — and threaten a scheduled pay raise for US military servicemembers — because he wants Congress to take action on an unrelated policy about social media legal immunity. On Tuesday night, Trump had publicly warned that he would not sign the roughly $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that Congress has passed, obliquely citing his desire to revoke Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Then, on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated that “the president is serious” about his threat to block the bipartisan bill. Trump has repeatedly railed against that provision of the communications law, claiming that it unfairly shields social media giants like Twitter and Facebook when they flag and then apply misinformation labels to posts of his that contain false or disputed claims. In fact, Section 230 protects Internet...
    (CNN)With the clock ticking on Donald Trump's presidency, a number of associates have appealed to him in recent days in hopes of obtaining pardons before he leaves office in January. While some face imminent legal threats, others are staring down potential legal headaches that a presidential pardon likely won't alleviate.Among the names that Trump and his advisers have discussed as potential pardon recipients, CNN has reported, are Trump's three eldest children -- Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Also included in the potential "flurry" of pardons that may be issued in coming weeks, CNN has reported, are the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who has been pushing dubious legal battles in hopes of overturning the results of the presidential election. Pardons for any of them or for the President himself would be preemptive, since none of them have been convicted of or charged with...
    Senator Lindsey Graham repeatedly backed up President Donald Trump’s legal fight in Georgia on Wednesday night, but made a point of saying they need to show their evidence. Graham told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum he’s with the Trump team on their push for the election system to be changed before the runoffs and even took a few shots at Governor Brian Kemp, declaring they have just “days” to fix the mail-in voting system in the state. One thing Graham was quick to push back on was Trump supporter Lin Wood, one of the attorneys whose cases are being roundly rejected by judges, saying that people should withhold their votes from the GOP in the runoffs. As Graham talked up the need to win in Georgia, he rather forcefully said, “To the Trump legal team, you’re making all these claims, goes mark >> We need to get off our...
    Vice President Mike Pence has been a go-to fundraising draw for the president’s campaign, and since October, no more than a day passed without his name emblazoning a fundraising email for the Trump reelect. But that changed late last month. Since Nov. 25, not a single fundraising email from the Trump campaign or its Republican National Committee fundraising account has featured Pence’s name in the “from” field. And this week, that Republican National Committee joint fundraising committee, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, made another subtle change: a handful of its emails swapped out the official Trump-Pence campaign logo for one featuring just the president’s name. At first blush, those may seem like minor tweaks to gimmicky portions of Team Trump’s fundraising strategy. A source familiar with the process said the fundraising emails do not go to Vice President Pence's team for clearance and an RNC official said the...
    President Trump is once again charging that last month’s presidential election was rigged and rampant with fraud. In an address posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages that the president described as possibly “the most important speech, I’ve ever made,” Trump charged that “lots of bad things happened” during the election. WHISTLEBLOWERS SHARE FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF ALLEGED ELECTION IRREGULARITIES And he argued that "if we are right about the fraud, Joe Biden can't be president. We're talking about hundreds of thousands of votes. We're talking about numbers like nobody has ever seen before." Taking aim again at the surge in absentee balloting and early voting due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the president emphasized that “we used to have what was called Election Day. Now we have election days, weeks and months, and lots of bad things happened during this ridiculous period of time.” "The mail and voting...
    (CNN)Beg your pardon? It's something you ask of somebody else for something you've already done. And that, more or less, is how it's been viewed in the Constitution.But each day brings new reporting about how President Donald Trump might creatively stretch and bend his expansive pardon power not just to protect himself but also to shield his children and his closest associates from future legal problems -- all moves that would test the spirit of the power and legal precedent.Trump has yet to acknowledge his electoral defeat, but he's clearly eyeing the door. We've heard about his interest in using the pardon power on himself, a prophylactic application that is not specifically verboten but would betray the legal principle of standing in judgment of oneself.We also learned Tuesday that the Department of Justice is investigating a potential presidential pardon bribery scheme, although details are few, and no charges have been...
    MSNBC’s Kristen Welker confronted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany over Attorney General Bill Barr contradicting President Donald Trump over the integrity of the 2020 election. As McEnany opened up her Wednesday briefing for questions from the press, Welker asked about Barr’s comments that the Department of Justice has “not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election” — an assessment which flies in the face of Team Trump’s claim that the election was undermined by mass fraud. “Why hasn’t President Trump conceded?” Welker asked, in light of the Barr remarks. McEnany responded by referring to a different part of Barr’s comments and saying the Trump campaign’s legal actions are all “civil litigation, which is apart from what the DOJ would be involved in.” Welker followed up by noting the dozens of setbacks the Trump legal team has seen in court, plus...
    Michael Flynn took to Twitter to share a message that called on Donald Trump to invoke limited martial law, suspending the U.S. Constitution in order to hold a new election that would be overseen by the military. The former national security adviser, who received a wide-ranging pardon from Trump after having been convicted of lying to the FBI and other federal charges, took to Twitter to share a press release from We The People Convention, a group echoing the president’s unfounded claims of voting fraud. The release corresponded with a full-page ad in the Washington Times newspaper and demanded that Trump “invoke limited martial law” in order to allow the U.S. military to oversee a new federal election if courts and Congress “do not follow the Constitution.” The release called for a series of new measures on what would be a new nationwide vote. “Federal candidates only. Paper ballots. No...
    From far away, the dozens of lawsuits attempting to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory look like different beasts, but closer inspection reveals that many are a handful of charities apparently coordinating as different tentacles of the Trump campaign—like a Kraken, if you will. “Petitioners do not disclose that their request is part of a coordinated effort launched this week to ‘file federal and state lawsuits challenging the presidential election results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona,'” the Democratic National Committee wrote in response to one such legal blitz by the Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit religious group. The Thomas More Society listed Rudy Giuliani as a “partner” in that litigation in a press release. “The ‘partners’ in this new wave of litigation are seeking to demonstrate a variety of ‘common violations across the six states,’ with the goal of using the judiciary to deliver the presidency to...
    Democrats are furious at President Donald Trump's threat to veto a crucial defense bill that contains a pay raise for service members if they don't agree to repeal certain legal protections enjoyed by tech companies. The section 230 of the law the president wants strip has nothing to do with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It's part of 1996 Communications Decency Act.  Trump issued his veto threat late Tuesday night as part of his war against social media companies. But the president is also unhappy the defense bill contains a bipartisan provision to rename military bases honoring Confederate military members. 'It's a fucking joke,' a senior Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill told Politico of the president's move.  'This is a complex debate that has no business as an eleventh-hour airdrop.'  The House and Senate have passed their own versions of the defense bill and are in conference, where a final version of the legislation is...
    Reuters December 2, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday will meet with American workers and business owners hit by COVID-19 as he prepares to confront the pandemic that has taken a heavy human and economic toll when he takes office next month. The Democrat is urging Congress to resolve a months-long standoff over coronavirus aid and has promised to act quickly to provide more resources to fight a health crisis that has killed more than 268,000 Americans so far. Biden has selected many of his top national-security and economic advisers, though it unclear how many will win confirmation in a closely divided U.S. Senate, control of which will be determined by a pair of January run-off elections. One potential bright spot: Top U.S. health officials say they plan to begin vaccinating Americans against the disease as soon as mid-December. Health-care workers and long-term care residents are expected...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump talked during a Christmas reception at the White House on Tuesday about spending four more years in office -- whether that starts in January 2021 or January 2025, according to a source familiar with his comments. "It's been an amazing four years," Trump told the room, filled with many people not wearing masks despite public health officials' guidance amid the Covid-19 pandemic. "We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I'll see you in four years." Trump again wrongly insisted he had won the election, saying, "But they don't like that." He also asked if people were watching the "fraud hearings" with his legal team -- referring to the events his attorney Rudy Giuliani has held with state legislatures in an attempt to challenge the results of the election. "Honestly, this is a disgrace," Trump told the room. Trump White House Fact-checking Trump's falsehood-filled...
    President Donald Trump hinted Tuesday during the White House Christmas party that he plans to run in 2024 if he can’t overturn President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in 2020. Former Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Pam Pollard livestreamed her time at the White House party on Facebook, in which Trump’s brief comments to attendees could be heard. The event is one of several holiday events the Trump administration has planned, which critics say violate social distancing guidelines. “It’s been an amazing four years,” Trump can be heard saying in the footage. “We’re trying to get another four years, but otherwise I’ll see you in four years.” “Some very big things are happening,” Trump added, before referencing various hearings that state-level Republican lawmakers have held on election fraud. (RELATED: REPORT: Rudy Giuliani Has Discussed Receiving Preemptive Pardon With Trump) Trump and his allies issued two new legal challenges seeking to overturn the...
    United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Sonia Sotomayor repeatedly used the legal term “illegal alien” to describe foreign nationals unlawfully residing in the U.S. during hearings, despite repeated claims by liberals that the term is racist and xenophobic. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trump v. New York where President Donald Trump is seeking to exclude illegal aliens from congressional apportionment counts that decide how many lawmakers represent each state in Congress. In multiple instances, Justice Sotomayor — the court’s most liberal justice — used the legal term “illegal alien” to describe foreign nationals residing unlawfully in the U.S. The term was codified into federal statute in 1986 by the Immigration Reform and Control Act and the term “alien” regularly refers to noncitizens or non-U.S. nationals in federal law. Left-wing activists and elected Democrats have sought to stop the use of the term, opting instead for terms such...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and representatives of Nevada’ six Electoral College delegates for President-elect Joe Biden inspected voting materials Tuesday at the main Clark County elections office in suburban Las Vegas. The visit to the ballot-counting center in North Las Vegas came ahead of a hearing scheduled Thursday before state Judge James Russell in Carson City in a contest-of-election case filed by the Trump campaign. Jesse Binnall, a lawyer heading the Trump challenge of the Nevada election, has said he intends to prove that fraudulent votes were cast and that Trump won the state, not Biden. Binnall did not immediately respond Tuesday to messages about the election office inspection. The Nevada Supreme Court has certified the election results as official, including Biden’s 33,596-vote statewide win over Trump in a coronavirus-inspired vote-by-mail push to avoid crowds at polling places. Attorneys representing Registrar of Voters...
    Fox Business Network host and top Trump sycophant Lou Dobbs was absolutely beside himself on Tuesday over the news that Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the election results. Dobbs even accused Trump’s loyal A.G. of being part of the “deep state” and “perhaps compromised.” The pro-Trump TV personality, who has been one of the loudest boosters of the president’s baseless “rigged” election narrative, kicked off his program Tuesday evening by erupting at the attorney general for admitting the Justice Department has been unable to find any proof to back Trump’s claims that President-elect Joe Biden “stole” the election. Grumbling that Barr has “been absent for weeks,” Dobbs insisted that the president’s legal team is “making advances” in the “battle for the White House” while reassuring his viewers that the campaign’s beyond-longshot lawsuits will “bolster President Trump’s charge that there...
    Trump's allies are encouraging him to pardon himself and his family before he leaves office. But pardons can't actually save him from his legal troubles. Fox News host Sean Hannity, a major Donald Trump supporter and adviser of sorts, said Monday that Trump "needs to pardon his whole family and himself" before he leaves office — an admission that Trump faces legal peril when he again becomes a private citizen after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20. "I assume that the power of the pardon is absolute and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to," Hannity said on his radio program on Monday. Of course, it's unlikely that Trump has the power to pardon himself. A Department of Justice memo from 1974, just before Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace, stated: "Under the...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Attorney General Bill Barr made a surprise statement Tuesday saying the Department of Justice has not seen evidence of voter fraud so widespread that it would overturn the results of the election. President Donald Trump has yet to publicly respond as of this posting, but his legal team is now attacking the attorney general and accusing him of speaking “without any knowledge.” “With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation,” a statement from Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis says. They go on to insist they have “ample evidence” of illegal voting, following weeks of judges — including Trump-appointed judges — rejecting their claims. They also claim the DOJ hasn’t audited voting machines or “used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.” Barr made a point of responding to conspiracy theories about voting machines in his comments to...
    Bradley Cortright December 1, 2020 0 Comments Attorney General William Barr says the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not yet found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that would change the outcome. In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Barr said, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” His comments come as President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election and is continuing to make baseless allegations that there was massive fraud that cost him his reelection bid. Major news outlets began to call the election for President-elect Joe Biden on November 7. Shortly after Barr’s comments were published, members of Trump’s legal team released a statement claiming they had produced evidence of massive fraud. “With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have...
    MSNBC anchor Willie Geist said Tuesday on “Morning Joe” that President Donald Trump’s fundraising to continue fighting election legal battles is a “hustle.” Anchor Mika Brzezinski said, “As President Trump levels one false claim about the election after another, there is new reporting that this may all just be a money-making operation for Trump. Sources tell The Washington Post that President Trump has raised more than $150 million since Election Day as his campaign has continued to garner donations to fund his attempts to overturn the election results. ‘The influx of political donations is one reason Trump and some allies are inclined to continue a legal onslaught and public affairs blitz focused on baseless claims of election fraud,’ the paper reports. Much of the money raised since the election is likely to go into the account for the president to use on political activities after he leaves office.” Anchor Joe Scarborough said,...
    The member of the Trump legal team who stirred outrage when he said former Homeland Security Department cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs should be "taken out at dawn and shot" said he meant no harm. Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that his comment about Krebs, who was fired by President Trump after stating that the 2020 election was the most secure in U.S. history, is being blown out of proportion. "For anyone listening to the Howie Carr Show, it was obvious that my remarks were sarcastic and made in jest," he said. "I, of course, wish Mr. Krebs no harm. This was hyperbole during political discourse." DiGenova faced online backlash on Monday for the comment he made on Newsmax in a discussion about Krebs's recent 60 Minutes interview during which he insisted the election was secure, contrary to what President Trump and his allies have...
    Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, suggested on Tuesday morning that he will pursue legal action against Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova for remarking that Krebs should be “taken out at dawn and shot.” Krebs was ousted as the Trump administration’s cybersecurity chief last month when he said that this year’s presidential election was the “most secure” in history, drawing the president’s ire as it flew in the face of Trump’s “rigged” election narrative. Krebs, meanwhile, has continued to debunk the president’s baseless conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, including in a recent 60 Minutes interview, which further enraged Trump. Appearing on pro-Trump outlet Newsmax on Monday, diGenova took aim at Krebs over his assertion that there is no evidence any votes were flipped from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. “Anybody who thinks that this election went well, like that idiot Krebs, who used...
    (CNN)At 10:32 p.m. ET on Monday, November 30, it began.Someone called "The Bradford File" tweeted this: "LOL. The GOP thinks Trump is just going to go away? He's the most popular Republican in history." To which the outgoing President of the United States responded this way: "Thank you! A lot of Senators and House Members are very happy that I came along. Think I'll stick around for awhile!"And with that, the "Donald Trump 2024" trial balloon was launched.See, Donald Trump knows he's lost this election. Yes, he'll continue to tweet about fraud (all baseless) and push longshot lawsuits for as long as the legal system allows. But he knows that it's a lost cause. And because Trump is always thinking about how to survive to fight another day, he's already begun to position himself for a long flirtation with a re-run for president in 2024. And this tweet is simply...
    Christopher Krebs, the former U.S. cybersecurity official who was fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE last month, said he was looking at “legal opportunities” after a lawyer for President Trump’s reelection campaign said Krebs should be “shot.”  Joe diGenova said during an interview on "The Howie Carr Show" that Krebs was a “class A moron,” for disagreeing with the president’s assertions that the 2020 election was rigged. The attorney added that Krebs “should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”  During an appearance on NBC’s "Today" show on Tuesday, Krebs said that diGenova’s comments were “more dangerous behavior." He added that he plans to “take advantage” of the law. “We are a nation of laws and I plan to take advantage of those laws,”...
    Former top U.S. election official Chris Krebs said his lawyers are considering legal action against President Trump’s team after one of the president's legal advisers called for Krebs to be "taken out and shot." “It's certainly more dangerous language, more dangerous behavior,” Krebs told NBC's Today host Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday. “And the way I look at it is that we are a nation of laws. And I plan to take advantage of those laws. I've got an exceptional team of lawyers that win in court, and I think they're probably going to be busy. … They can know that there are things coming up.” Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is serving on Trump’s election legal team, said in an interview Monday night that the former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director ought to be be “taken out and shot.” "Anybody who thinks that this...
    Madison Summers December 1, 2020 0 Comments Former top U.S. cybersecurity official Chris Krebs is weighing in after a Trump campaign lawyer made death threats against him. Krebs, who led the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was fired by President Donald Trump two weeks ago. Now, Krebs is being threatened by a lawyer on Trump’s re-election campaign, Joe diGenova. DiGenova said on “The Howie Carr Show,” anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.” In response, Krebs said during Tuesday’s “Today” interview, “The way I look at it is that we’re a nation of laws and I plan to take advantage of those laws. I’ve got an exceptional team of lawyers that win in...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump and his political operation have raised more than $170 million since Election Day, a person familiar with the matter said -- a massive fundraising haul fueled by Trump's baseless allegations that the election was rigged.The fundraising flowed into the coffers of Trump's joint fundraising committee in less than four weeks thanks to a barrage of fundraising solicitations to Trump's supporters, urging them to donate to an "Election Defense Fund" as the President hyped up conspiracy theories about a stolen election. In reality, an increasingly large share of the funds have helped retire the Trump campaign's debt and fund the President's future political operation via a political action committee.The Save America political action committee, which the President launched less than a week after Election Day, could fund his post-White House political life -- underwriting travel, staff and other functions, even if Trump never seeks public office again.The Trump...
    Former DHS Cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs suggested he will pursue legal retribution in response to Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova demanding his execution. Ever since Donald Trump fired Krebs from his job for debunking several of the president’s 2020 Election conspiracy theories, Krebs has drawn Trump’s repeated anger for defending his assessment that the election wasn’t compromised by mass fraud. As diGenova spoke to Newsmax on Monday about his involvement with Trump’s legal effort to dispute the election, he seethed that Krebs is a “class A moron” who “should be drawn and quartered, taken out at dawn and shot.” On Tuesday, Krebs gave an interview to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, and she asked for his response to the “disturbing and outrageous” rhetoric. “It’s certainly more dangerous language, more dangerous behavior,” Krebs stoically answered, “The way I look at it is that we are a nation of laws, and I plan...
    Donald Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn could lay the groundwork for the president to issue a wide-ranging pardon for himself, a legal expert says. On Monday, the Department of Justice released a copy of Trump’s pardon of the former national security adviser, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation. As CNN reported, the document appeared to give the former national security adviser “far-reaching absolution” from the series of crimes he had already pleaded guilty to in 2017, along with other possible related crimes. The letter also formally asked a federal court to dismiss the case against him. The wide-ranging nature of the document appears to show a template that Trump could ultimately use on himself, Neal Katyal wrote on Twitter. The professor at Georgetown University Law Center and former acting solicitor general of the United States took to Twitter to offer his analysis of...
    Lara Trump baselessly claimed on Fox News Monday that President Donald Trump will serve another four years in office, as Martha MacCallum pointed out it is almost certainly too late for that. As MacCallum discussed Georgia with Trump, she asked about the concern that Republicans who support Trump could stay home because of the distrust in the system being ginned up by the president and his allies. MacCallum mentioned the president’s “legacy,” to which Trump actually responded, “I still think that the president will get four more years in office. I think it will be the next four years. Because this thing is far from over.” Case after case from the Trump legal team has been rejected by judge after judge, and even some notable allies of the president have been publicly acknowledging the fact that it’s over. Also, crucially, states are certifying their results, which MacCallum made a...
    The Republican Party will not be able to reclaim the White House as long as universal mail-in balloting remains in place, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., claimed on Fox Business Network's “Lou Dobbs Tonight" Monday. “If we accept this universal mail-out balloting to people who didn’t even request ballots, I don’t think Republicans will ever win another national election again,” said Gaetz. “That’s why we have to stand and fight now.” Gaetz said some of his Republican colleagues have accepted the results of the presidential election, ignoring allegations of irregularities and fraud. Fox News has called Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the election and the Trump campaign has not put forward evidence of widespread voter fraud in numbers sufficient to change the result. TRUMP: DOJ 'MISSING IN ACTION' ON ALLEGED ELECTION FRAUD Video“I reject that entirely,” he said. “President Trump has an obligation to the country, to his supporters, and to the movement that he has built to...
    Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Trump administration denies permit for controversial Pebble Mine MORE (R-Alaska) said on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE should concede the White House race to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs MORE.  "I think he should concede. I think the race is over," Murkowski told CNN.  Spokespeople for Murkowski didn't immediately respond to a question about her remarks. Murkowski, who didn't vote for...
    A witness in an election lawsuit from Sidney Powell’s election lawsuit claims there may have been illegal voting that took place in Edison County, Michigan — a place that does not exist. Political reporter Jonathan Oosting brought attention to the claim on Monday, sharing a portion of Powell’s lawsuit that quotes a witness pointing out what they believe to be signs of illegal voting in the key state. The portion noted that the large swaths of votes went for Joe Biden at specific times, which the witness believed to be “cause for concern and indicate fraud.” But as Oosting pointed out, there is no Edison County in Michigan. One of the witnesses in Sidney Powell’s new Michigan lawsuit says in a declaration he thinks there’s something fishy about election returns in Edison County, MI. Thing is, there is no Edison County in Michigan. pic.twitter.com/yZfDWMAFSP — Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) November 30,...
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    Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Ann Jacobs (D) on Monday formally declared President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs MORE the winner of the state's presidential contest following a partial recount.  Biden won the Badger State by roughly 20,7000 votes, according to Jacobs. Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin police still searching for mall shooting suspect The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Stocks close with losses as states, cities reimpose COVID-19 restrictions MORE (D) is now set to certify the results.  The development comes hours after Arizona officials affirmed Biden as the victor in that state as well. Trump won both states in 2016 and has launched a number of...
    The CEO of Dominion Voting Systems responded to "fake claims" that his company's voting machines played a role in altering the course of the presidential election. John Poulos wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Monday that wanted to "set the record straight" regarding the "bizarre" allegations, fueled by attacks from President Trump and his allies, that suggest the company has ties to deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and that there is a "'vote-flipping' algorithm." "Dominion is an American company, now headquartered in Denver," he wrote. "Dominion is not and has never been a front for communists. It has no ties to Hugo Chávez, the late dictator of Venezuela. It has never been involved in Venezuelan elections. None of Dominion’s systems use the Smartmatic software that has come under attack, as any state certification lab could verify." Poulos also wrote that Dominion “is never able to affect...
    President Trump suffered another setback in his push to overturn his defeat in the presidential election, as Arizona on Monday certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state. The results of the election were certified by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who's a Democrat, with GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, Republican state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel in attendance. TRUMP PRESSES 'HAPLESS' REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA TO OVERULE SECRETARY OF STATE The formalizing of the vote in Arizona leaves Wisconsin as the last remaining contested battleground state yet to certify its vote. Certification in Wisconsin is expected to take place later on Monday. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey bump elbows as they meet to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov....
    A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution that will censure a Democratic congressman for filing legal complaints against President Trump's campaign lawyers. Reps. Andy Biggs, Warren Davidson, Andy Harris, Debbie Lesko, and Randy Weber introduced the resolution, H. RES. 1241, on Friday, days after Rep. Bill Pascrell filed legal complaints with the Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania bars, where the Trump campaign brought lawsuits to challenge the election results, against Rudy Giuliani and 22 other lawyers. The resolution noted that “President Donald J. Trump’s campaign has a legal right to sue to ensure that each legal vote is counted and to challenge any illegal votes." It accused the New Jersey Democrat of “conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives.” In his complaints, Pascrell accused the president's legal team of engaging in...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded. Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state’s other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden. Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden’s winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes. “As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin,” Danielle Melfi, who led Biden’s campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a...
    President Donald Trump said Monday that he is fighting his increasingly desperate effort to remain in office by finding a way to overturn the vote in battleground states on behalf of his supporters – not for his own benefit.  Trump has maintained a drumbeat of unsupported claims of large-scale fraud through the Thanksgiving weekend and into Monday, despite a devastating Appeals  court ruling against him in Pennsylvania and a Wisconsin recount that resulted in a boost for President-elect Joe Biden despite Trump paying for the count.  'I'm not fighting for me, I'm fighting for the 74,000,000 million people (not including the many Trump ballots that were 'tossed'), a record for a sitting President, who voted for me!' Trump tweeted. The president tweeted that he was fighting for the 74 million people who voted for him, not for himself, even as he continues to claim he won the election  In...
    President Trump blasted CBS’ “60 Minutes” for not contacting him for comment after interviewing the administration’s former cybersecurity chief, whom Trump fired earlier this month. “@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke. Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!,” the president wrote on Twitter Sunday night. The news show interviewed Chris Krebs, former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, who called the Nov. 3 election the “most secure” in US history. Trump, who has launched legal challenges in a number of swing states where the results show President-elect Joe Biden the winner, fired Krebs on Nov. 17. Krebs, who led CISA since 2017 and initiated a “Rumor Control” website this year to debunk claims of...
    President Trump blasted CBS’ “60 Minutes” for not contacting him for comment after interviewing the administration’s former cybersecurity chief, whom Trump fired earlier this month. “@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke. Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!,” the president wrote on Twitter Sunday night. The news show interviewed Chris Krebs, former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, who called the Nov. 3 election the “most secure” in US history. Trump, who has launched legal challenges in a number of swing states where the results show President-elect Joe Biden the winner, fired Krebs on Nov. 17. Krebs, who led CISA since 2017 and initiated a “Rumor Control” website this year to debunk claims of...
    In the three weeks between the election loss of Donald Trump’s Joe Biden and his refusal to make concessions, Republicans have opened up about internal chaos, with one mocking his legal council’s “crazy” conspiracy theories. Washington Post, Quoting Interviews with 32 anonymous people “Senior executives, campaign assistants and other consultants President, As well as other key figures in his legal battle, described the period as “20 days of imagination and failure.” “I won when I told a close adviser, ‘Mad King George, murmur,’ that Trump, bound in the White House and out of public view after the election defeat, was angry and sometimes dizzy in private conversations,” I won. I won, “the newspaper said. Writes. The article quoted the same adviser who described Mr Biden’s aides as “clear-sighted” about Mr Biden’s election defeat, however, “encouraged him to continue fighting” by “scratching his itch”. “If he thinks he’s won, it’s...
    Joe Scarborough cackled as he reacted to the avalanche of conspiracy theories President Donald Trump invoked in his free-wheeling interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. In Trump’s first TV interview since the 2020 election, the president railed against the “rigged” election, suggested federal law enforcement had a hand in the alleged corruption and fumed over the setbacks in court for his legal attempts to dispute the results. Trump couldn’t provide any proof to substantiate his claims, yet Bartiromo took his side and offered a little-to-no challenge for his assertions throughout the interview. Naturally, the conversation was a significant news item, but when Scarborough brought it up for discussion on Morning Joe, he laughed at the deluge of false, evidence-free claims. “Well, that clip, of course, from Saturday Night Live. We hope you enjoyed it,” Scarborough said with obvious sarcasm. “Hard to actually parody that. It’s so funny.” The Morning Joe...
    Reuters November 30, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is expected to unveil his picks for several top economic positions as early as Monday when he will also finally receive his first classified intelligence briefing, an essential step towards taking control of national security. While Biden’s transition to the White House appeared to be hitting its stride, the president-elect was hobbling after fracturing his foot while playing with his dog on Sunday. The incoming administration has been hampered for weeks by President Donald Trump who has refused to concede claiming, without evidence, that Biden’s Nov. 3 electoral victory was due to fraud. Biden was expected to name leading members of an economic team that will have to combat the crushing blows to U.S. workers and businesses from the coronavirus pandemic. In contrast to Trump, who largely picked white men for key positions, Biden’s early appointments were shaping up to...
    THE WISCONSIN recount that cost President Donald Trump $3million added a net gain of 87 votes for Joe Biden. The results of the recount released on Sunday confirmed Biden’s victory over Trump in the key battleground state. 5Donald Trump paid $3million for a recount in WisconsinCredit: Reuters 5The recount furthered Joe Biden's lead in the battleground stateCredit: AFP or licensors 5Joe Biden saw a net gain of 87 votes as the state certified its election resultsCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded. Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state’s other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden. Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden’s winning margin of about...
    In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, President Donald Trump reaffirmed that he has no intention of conceding the 2020 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden, The Hill reported. “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 anchor Maria Bartiromo. Trump repeatedly insisted that the presidential race was rigged, slamming Republican officials in battleground states, attacking Dominion Voting Systems and blaming mail-in ballots for his defeat. Even though his campaign’s lawsuits are being thrown out and dismissed in states across the nation, the commander-in-chief said that he hopes the cases will eventually reach the Supreme Court. “You need a judge that’s willing to hear a case. You need a Supreme Court that’s willing to make a real big decision,” he said, vowing to dedicate “125 percent” of his energy to...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded. Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state’s other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden. Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden’s winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes. “As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin,” Danielle Melfi, who led Biden’s campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a...
    Reuters November 29, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump questioned on Sunday whether the Supreme Court would ever hear a case airing his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud as more U.S. Republicans said a transition to a Joe Biden presidency looked inevitable. Trump’s comments in a telephone interview with Fox News suggested the Republican president was growing resigned to the results of the Nov. 3 election, which handed the White House to his Democratic opponent. Trump’s team was dealt another blow with the completion on Sunday of recounts in Wisconsin’s two largest counties that confirmed Biden won the hotly contested state by more than 20,000 votes. Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis said the recounts “revealed serious issues regarding the legality of ballots cast,” without elaborating or providing any evidence. “We want every legal vote, and only legal votes, to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our...
    By Linda So and Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. Republicans on Sunday said a transition to a Joe Biden presidency looks inevitable as President Donald Trump questioned whether the Supreme Court would even hear any of the challenges his campaign has vowed to pursue. Trump's comments in a telephone interview with Fox News Channel came as Republican Senator Roy Blunt, chair of the congressional inaugural committee, said they expect Biden, a Democrat, to be sworn in as president on Jan. 20. "We're working with the Biden administration, the likely administration on both the transition and the inauguration as if we're moving forward," Blunt of Missouri said on CNN's "State of the Union," though he stopped short of acknowledging Trump lost the Nov. 3 election. Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas is one of a few Republicans to refer to Biden as the president-elect. "The transition is what is important....
    President Donald Trump continued to push baseless claims about the election on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News program Sunday, as he complained about the court system that has rejected legal challenge after legal challenge from his lawyers. Trump continued to insist to Bartiromo that he won the election except for all the fraud that went on, repeatedly complaining that there’s no way Joe Biden could have gotten as many votes as he did. Bartiromo asked how he would prove this in the courts, telling him, “Elections are the reason that our young men and women go on battlefields across the world and in some cases lose their lives, because they believe that their vote, my vote, matters just as much as your vote, and if that is not true, this is a very serious turning point for America.” “So this is no longer about you, President Trump. This is about...
    Maeve Reston | CNN President Donald Trump found himself trapped in an election riddle of his own making Friday — continuing to push false claims that the election was a “total scam,” even after another humiliating court rebuke in Pennsylvania, while insisting that his supporters should turn out in Georgia’s January Senate runoff elections despite concerns about fraud that he has sown. With the eyes of the political universe focused on turning out voters in Georgia — where the two runoff elections will determine which party controls the US Senate — the President’s relentless attacks on the state’s voting apparatus, its tabulating process and its Republican secretary of state are prompting handwringing among GOP strategists and state leaders who fear those attacks are eroding confidence in elections at a time when they need to turn out as many of their voters as possible to reelect Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and...
    Loading the player... On Friday, President Donald Trump’s case to block President-elect Joe Biden from winning Pennsylvania was dismissed in the federal appeals court. A three-judge panel, one of whom was nominated by Trump, said Trump’s legal team failed to provide proof the election was “stolen.” Read More: Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” Trump-nominated judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in response. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Bibas wrote. As theGrio previously reported, Biden has been certified as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating about three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by Trump. Trump took to Twitter, declaring he is the true winner of Pennsylvania because he believes more than...
    In an interview with CNN on Saturday, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig dismissed the suggestion that President Donald Trump’s voter fraud cases could reach the Supreme Court, Raw Story reported. “I’m laughing because they keep trying, and the results this week somehow went from horrible to somehow even worse,” Honig said, pointing to Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s attempts to overturn the results in the state of Pennsylvania. Honig noted that a federal district judge rejected the case, stating that the Trump campaign has failed to present any evidence of electoral fraud. In response, the campaign accused the judge of political bias, highlighting the fact that he was appointed by Barack Obama. Trump’s team then filed an appeal, but the three-judge panel unanimously rejected it. In his opinion, Judge Stephanos Bibas said that the commander-in-chief and his lawyers have no proof to back up their claims. He wrote that “calling an...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign will make a new legal challenge in Wisconsin after the state finishes its recount this week, Trump announced Saturday. Biden took the state by more than 20,000 votes, a lead the recount is unlikely to overturn. Trump says his campaign will seek to remove individuals they say voted illegally, an argument they’ve made unsuccessfully in several other states. The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday. We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2020 Specific allegations were made, and we have massive proof, in the Pennsylvania case. Some people just don’t want to see it. They want nothing to do with saving our Country. Sad!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)...
    The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on President Trump’s plan to remove millions of illegal aliens from the census count. Removing non-citizens would dramatically alter the representation some states receive in the House of Representatives, which is based on population. The Trump administration and his legal team argue that his plan is both constitutional and within his legal powers as president. “As history, precedent, and structure indicate, the President need not treat all illegal aliens as ‘inhabitants’ of the States and thereby allow their defiance of federal law to distort the allocation of the people’s Representatives,” acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall wrote. A ruling in Trump’s favor would likely disproportionately impact big Democratic states like New York, Texas and California — which are home to large populations of immigrants. California alone could potentially lose two or three seats if illegals are not counted in the 2020 census. The...
    As President Donald Trump’s tenure in the oval office winds down, his administration is apparently looking to leave a lasting effect on federal civil service employment.  The administration is seeking to remove legal protections for 88 percent of the federal workforce and ultimately make it much easier for career employees to be fired, several news outlets reported this week. At least one congressional Democrat said the move appears calculated to undermine the incoming Biden administration. The effort to destabilize tens of thousands of federal jobs stems from an executive order signed by the president late last month. The Office of Management and Budget is reportedly moving swiftly to ensure that it’s implemented before Trump leaves office on Jan. 20. Under the order, political appointees in the White House sent every federal agency a list of positions that should be reclassified as “Schedule F” roles, meaning the employees could be...
    EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans on Friday introduced a resolution seeking the censure of a New Jersey Democrat who filed complaints with state bars calling for disbarment of Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign attorneys -- a resolution that in turn prompted a scathing response from the congressman.The resolution -- introduced by Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Warren Davidson, R-Ohio; Andy Harris, R-Md.; Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., and Randy Weber, R-Texas -- calls for the censure of Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.  NJ DEM CALLED OUT FOR 'NASTY' BAR COMPLAINT AGAINST GIULIANI, OTHER TRUMP LAWYERS  Last week, Pascrell filed complaints in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Nevada against Giuliani and 22 others "for filing frivolous lawsuits and trying to help Trump steal the election and dismantle democracy."  Pascrell had accused Giuliani of "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation." While he did not provide any specific examples of any "dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation," on Giuliani's part, he...
    Donald Trump is reportedly considering launching a bid to return to the White House in 2024, and he may steal some of Joe Biden’s thunder to do it. The Daily Beast reported that Trump is considering ways to throw a wrench in the start of Biden’s presidency, including making an early announcement of his intention to run against Biden in the next cycle. Though he has yet to publicly concede and acknowledge Biden as the winner of the race, Trump is said to be planning for another run for the White House. The report noted that the president has been working with top advisers to determine a way to keep the Republican Party solidly in his corner for the next four years until he runs again. Citing sources with knowledge of Trump’s plans, the report noted that he has “floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration...
    President Trump on Friday claimed that Democrat Joe Biden must prove his win in Pennsylvania wasn't "fraudulently or illegally obtained" to become president.  "Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous '80,000,000 votes' were not fraudulently or illegally obtained," Trump tweeted Friday. "When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!"Fast Facts on the 2020 election  Trump has been challenging Biden's wins in several battleground states, including Michigan, Arizona and Georgia.  Trump has been challenging Biden's wins in several battleground states, including Michigan, Arizona and Georgia," Trump tweeted Friday.  Trump has been challenging Biden's wins in several battleground states, including Michigan, Arizona and Georgia.  Trump has been challenging Biden's wins in several battleground states, including Michigan, Arizona and Georgia," Trump tweeted Friday.  Trump has been challenging Biden's wins in...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump found himself trapped in an election riddle of his own making Friday -- continuing to push false claims that the election was a "total scam," even after another humiliating court rebuke in Pennsylvania, while insisting that his supporters should turn out in Georgia's January Senate runoff elections despite concerns about fraud that he has sown. With the eyes of the political universe focused on turning out voters in Georgia -- where the two runoff elections will determine which party controls the US Senate -- the President's relentless attacks on the state's voting apparatus, its tabulating process and its Republican secretary of state are prompting handwringing among GOP strategists and state leaders who fear those attacks are eroding confidence in elections at a time when they need to turn out as many of their voters as possible to reelect Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on January...
    Rudy Giuliani said there are two ways the Trump legal team is getting around "major censorship" of their widespread voter fraud allegations. He told Newsmax on Friday that the Trump camp is equally focused on presenting evidence to state legislatures as well as court hearings, but they are facing an uphill battle because of judges who won't hear their cases and media that won't air their presentations. "We've got a lot of evidence. We don't have a lot of time," Giuliani said, adding later, "The public has only a small idea of the kind of evidence that we have." The Trump legal team and their allies have endured dozens of loses, and are now turning to presentations of witnesses to state legislatures in states such as Arizona and Michigan. They had one such event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last week, and on Dec. 3, the Trump team says a judge in...
    In a statement released on Thursday, Dominion Voting Systems responded to allegations made by lawyer Sidney Powell, who participated in President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Newsweek reported. Members of Trump’s legal team have accused the company — which sells voting equipment to 28 states — of tampering with votes and rigging the race for Democrat Joe Biden. Earlier this week, Powell filed a lawsuit alleging that Dominion helped Biden win the traditionally Republican state of Georgia. In her 104-page lawsuit, Powell did not name Dominion as the defendant, but she mentioned the firm and accused it of participating in an elaborate scheme to defeat Trump. The company described Powell’s filing as “nonsensical and unsupported by any presentation of evidence,” stating that it has no links to Venezuela, as Powell has repeatedly claimed, and explaining that its voting system is certified by the...
    Sen. Joseph McCarthy liked to insist he had evidence of Communists in the government, but he couldn’t show you the names right now. The number of Communist infiltrators on his secret list changed from speech to speech. Listening to President Trump’s legal team claim over and over again that they have voluminous evidence that the election was stolen, it occurred to me that we’re in a kind of repeat McCarthy era. Only this time, to borrow from that old-school Communist Karl Marx, history is repeating itself not as tragedy but as farce. Take Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor who became a right-wing darling as the lawyer for Michael Flynn, Trump’s 24-day national-security adviser. Trump repeatedly touted her as a member of his elite legal team, a group nicknamed Strike Force. Powell has hinted darkly that a state-of-the-art computer hacking program masterminded by the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez was...
    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the results of Pennsylvania’s presidential election — leading President Trump’s campaign to vow a final challenge before the US Supreme Court. A three-judge panel with the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia unanimously rejected Trump’s bid to overturn a lower court ruling, saying that his “campaign’s claims have no merit,” The Associated Press reported. “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” In response, Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted a joint statement from her and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the campaign’s lead lawyer, in which they attacked the decision as a whitewash in favor of Joe Biden. “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the...
    The Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected President Donald Trump’s most recent attempt to push forward election fraud claims in Pennsylvania on Friday, dealing the campaign yet another legal defeat. The appeals court upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the Trump campaign lawsuit, which calls for throwing out categories of mail-in ballots. In addition to killing the suit, the ruling also does away with any possibility of an injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results, which declared President-elect Joe Biden the winner early this week. (RELATED: Judge Orders Halt To Certification Of Pennsylvania Election Results After State Already Certified Them) The Third Cir. has rejected Trump’s appeal. Decisively. “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” pic.twitter.com/cLSY9cZkSh — Brad Heath (@bradheath)...
    President Trump is continuing his legal battles in several states to contest the results of the 2020 elections, saying Thursday there's still a "long way to go."  Despite President-elect Joe Biden going forth with his Cabinet selections and initiating moves to assume the White House come January, Trump is holding out that the results of the election were rigged but admitted that he would vacate the office after the electoral college vote is finalized.  “Certainly I will. ... You know that I will," he told reporters.   “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” Trump later added.  Trump also revealed he’d travel to Georgia on Saturday to campaign for GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in what will be closely watched runoff contests to determine the balance of power in the Senate.  Follow below for updates on Trump's 2020 legal challenges. Mobile users click here. 
    DONALD Trump's legal adviser Jenna Ellis has been "bombarded with rape threats" for challenging the "fraudulent" election results. The senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign admitted she had received both public and private threats to her life and career. 4Jenna Ellis told the media outlet that she has been bombarded with threats both publicly and privatelyCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Ms Ellis joined the Trump campaign back in November 2019Credit: Facebook Speaking to Breitbart News, Ms. Ellis said she had received hundreds of DMs on Twitter bombarding her with hateful messages. "A CNN reported messaged me today accusing me of my bar license being lapsed," she told the media outlet. " [An] Unknown number has called my cell dozens of times between midnight and 4am to blow up my phone and try to get through the DND [do not disturb]. Ms Ellis scared a screen grab of text messages from...
    Brian Stauffer 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.Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, James Comey, Christopher Steele, John Bolton, a Time journalist, flag burners—this is just a partial list of the people Donald Trump has wanted to see imprisoned during his ignominious presidency. Yet the moment he steps out of the White House, shedding the sheath of immunity that enshrines all presidents, it is Trump who should be most concerned about a legal reckoning. His list of alleged offenses, committed both during and before his presidency, includes tax and bank fraud, obstruction of justice, bribery, defamation, and more. Legal experts have even debated whether Trump could face criminal charges connected to his woeful response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its 244-year history, the United States has never prosecuted a president (that...
    The link to Sidney Powell's election lawsuit was banned by Twitter before the site reversed its decision, saying it was 'mistakenly flagged,' as its typo-laden contents are ridiculed by legal experts. Link to Sidney Powell's election lawsuit is banned by Twitter before site makes a U-turn saying it was 'mistakenly flagged' - as typo-laden legal document is ridiculed by experts  Powell, who was kicked out of Donald Trump's legal team after spouting wild conspiracy theories at an RNC press conference, released what she termed 'the Kraken' - two law suits alleging 'massive voter fraud' in the presidential election.  The Texas-based attorney published the 104-page document detailing allegations about Georgia and a 75-page document looking at Michigan on Wednesday night, calling for the election results to be decertified, Trump to be declared the winner and voting machines to be impounded. In the documents - released Thanksgiving morning -  she alleged the election had been...
    President Trump said Thursday that he would leave office if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, but also alleged “massive fraud” in the vote count and promised to keep up with his legal fight. Asked by a reporter following a teleconference with military troops on Thanksgiving if he would leave after an unsuccessful electoral college vote, he replied, “Certainly I will. ... You know that I will."  Regarding the series of legal challenges in multiple states, Trump said: “A lot of things [are] happening between now and Jan. 20.”  “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” Trump later added.  WHAT IS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOING ON THANKSGIVING? Asked if he would consider running again on the Republican ticket in 2024, Trump said, “I don’t want to talk to 2024 yet.” The president stated that the 2020 election results still “have a long way to go.” Trump also revealed...
    Even as a number of Trump allies, including some notable Fox News hosts, have conceded that the election is over and Joe Biden is going to be the next president, Lou Dobbs has kept hope alive, featuring Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and others who have made wild claims of voter fraud so widespread that it will overturn the election results. On Dobbs’ program Wednesday, Fox News correspondent David Spunt reported on the latest Trump legal developments and recapped the meeting at the Gettysburg hotel. “It’s not clear if today’s meeting was just to shine some light on some potential irregularities and some problems or actually change some of the results in Pennsylvania,” Spunt reported as he reviewed the allegations Giuliani and witnesses raised about the vote. After covering the group of protesters outside the hotel, Spunt added, “It’s interesting to note though that there were witnesses here, but this...
    By Colleen Long, Alanna Durkin Richer and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. By Wednesday, Trump was phoning into a local Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers’ meeting that had been orchestrated by his campaign to assert falsely, again, that the election was tainted. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen,” Trump said by phone, offering no specific evidence. The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have no hope of succeeding and making...
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin defended the lawyers working on President Trump's legal challenges of election results, telling the "know-nothing" television analysts criticizing them to "go to hell." “I also want to tell the do-nothing, know-nothing ‘legal analysts’ and self-described ‘constitutional experts’ working overtime on television and blogs to smear them to go to hell,” Levin wrote in a Twitter thread on Thursday. “You’re useless blowhards who contribute nothing to the future well-being of this republic.” He had previously thanked the lawyers who are working on cases alleging widespread voter fraud across the country, telling them they are doing a “tremendous job.” “I want to thank the lawyers, most of whom are volunteers and many of whom are being threatened, who are working tirelessly through Thanksgiving on the important challenges in key states, that you are doing a tremendous job trying to expose the widespread unconstitutional and fraudulent activities that...
    Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor to President Donald Trump and senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign, has received threats, late night phone calls from unfamiliar numbers, and public calls for her disbarment, she told Breitbart News exclusively Wednesday. Via direct message (DM), Ellis told Breitbart News that she had received “Hundreds of DMs and messages etc threatening me.” Some threats have been public, like attempts to have her disbarred and encouraging the public to file Bar complaints. Others have been more direct — and less subtle. She added: “CNN reporter messaged today accusing me of my bar license being lapsed. Unknown number has called my cell dozens of times between midnight and 4am to blow up my phone and try to get through the DND [do not disturb].” Ellis provided Breitbart News with a screen grab of text messages from an unknown person who attempted to provoke her to respond,...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Kraken has been released. If — that is — the Kraken is a pair of befuddling, typo-addled lawsuits. Sidney Powell, the attorney who was unceremoniously thrown under the bus and cut loose by other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, has released lawsuit filings in Georgia and Michigan alleging election fraud. The Georgia lawsuit is being filed in United States Districct court. Wait, that doesn’t look right. Let’s try that again. Powell is filing suit in the Northern Distrcoict of Georgia. Yes, Powell badly whiffed on the spelling of “district” twice in the first nine words of her legal filing — a most auspicious beginning. Those typos were just a harbinger of things to come. The word ballots appears as “abllots,” Washington D.C. is referred to as the “District of Colombia,” and the name of one of their witnesses is misspelled in two different...
    Sidney Powell filed lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan late Wednesday continuing efforts to reveal alleged voter fraud she claims rigged President Trump of an election triumph. Both cases revolve around issues related to voting machines, mail-in ballots, and the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, according to Bloomberg. The lawsuits target election officials in both key battleground states, and include other allegations about forged ballots and observers being unable to watch the vote count. Both suits included a strew of typos in the filings. So far in legal filings, Trump lawyers/allies have misspelled:-"District" twice in first sentence of filing, as "DISTRCOICT" and "DISTRICCT"-PA Gov. Wolf as "Wolfe"-"poll watcher" as "pole watcher"-Its own expert William Briggs as "Higgs"-"amended" as "amendment"— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 26, 2020 Powell, who has long been spreading accusations of mass voter fraud, is not an official member of the Trump legal team, according to the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. By Wednesday, Trump was phoning into a local Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers’ meeting that had been orchestrated by his campaign to assert falsely, again, that the election was tainted. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen,” Trump said by phone, offering no specific evidence. The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have no hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud. But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy wasn’t...
    By COLLEEN LONG, ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. By Wednesday, Trump was phoning into a local Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers' meeting that had been orchestrated by his campaign to assert falsely, again, that the election was tainted. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen," Trump said by phone, offering no specific evidence. The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have no hope of succeeding and making fresh,...
    WASHINGTON – Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. By Wednesday, Trump was phoning into a local Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers' meeting that had been orchestrated by his campaign to assert falsely, again, that the election was tainted. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen," Trump said by phone, offering no specific evidence. The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have no hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud. But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. By Wednesday, Trump was phoning into a local Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers’ meeting that had been orchestrated by his campaign to assert falsely, again, that the election was tainted. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen,” Trump said by phone, offering no specific evidence. The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have no hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud. But that’s the point. Trump’s...