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    DeSantis is in the Running for Dictator of the USA in 2024.

    Umm this could lead to this, Riots at State Capitals We accuse other countries of this shit in past administrations.

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    WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — A presidential transition process typically begins months before Inauguration Day, however this year that process is delayed due to the Trump administration’s legal challenges to election results.

    “You want to make sure the incoming leadership is fully read into the threats that are going on around the world,” said Chris Lu, Director of the 2008 Obama transition team.

    Lu says delaying a proper presidential transition has real world consequences.

    “What’s happening right now from theTrump administration goes beyond abnormal. It really is troubling from a national security perspective. It is a violation of norms,” said Lu.

    Trump campaign sues Michigan to block certification of Biden win
    The General Services Administration (GSA), an agency that helps facilitate the basic functions of the federal government, typically provides incoming administrations with office space and financial resources to begin work. So far, the agency administrator has not certified Joe Biden as the incoming president.

    The GSA sent Presidents-elect Trump and Obama letters certifying their transitions just hours after their projected wins. Both of those races, however, did not see major legal challenges.

    Democrat Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia called the hesitancy from GSA “completely senseless.”

    “I am leading an effort of senators… to reach out to GSA and say for God sakes just put the country first over being afraid of your boss,” said Kaine.

    He added, the GSA could recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the election while the Trump campaign continues to pursue lawsuits.

    President-elect Joe Biden names Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
    Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia says if the transition begins after the Electoral College certifies Biden’s win, that should allow enough time for a smooth transition.

    “There’s going to be a little bit of time here…I think it’s the 14th of December, by the 14th we should know,” said Manchin.

    He says many of the Trump campaign’s lawsuits delaying the transition are frivolous.

    “They won congressional seats, they won senate seats they weren’t supposed to. You just can’t, because it’s all on one ballot, you just can’t pick and choose and say that was fraud and this is not,” said Manchin.

    “Why don’t we have the counting done before we worry about the transition team,” said Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California.

    LaMalfa says it’s within the Trump campaign’s rights to make sure every ballot is counted. Once a winner is clear and official, he says the transition can continue.

    “There will be ample time to put something together…post certification, post litigation time,” said LaMalfa.

    Georgia to conduct a full recount of election ballots by hand
    Mike Leavitt, Utah’s former governor and 2012 transition director for Mitt Romney, says a delay isn’t ideal but it is manageable.

    “It does not mean that the incoming administration can’t be planning and doing whatever they can to be ready,” said Leavitt.

    He says the Trump administration can work with the Biden team, even as election lawsuits continue.

    “Look, we can do both of these things at the same time. This doesn’t have to be a big political collision,” said Leavitt.

    In a statement, a GSA Spokesperson said:

    “The GSA Administrator does not pick the winner in the Presidential election… the GSA Administrator ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The words spoken by America’s top military officer carried a familiar ring, but in the midst of a chaotic week at the Pentagon, they were particularly poignant.

    “We are unique among militaries,” said Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual.”

    Milley was speaking Wednesday at the dedication of an Army museum in a week that saw President Donald Trump fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper and install three staunch loyalists to senior Pentagon policy positions. The abrupt changes have raised fears about what Trump may try to do in his final two months of office — and whether the military’s long held apolitical nature could be upended.

    Milley’s comments, made as he stood alongside Esper’s successor, acting defense chief Christopher Miller, reflected a view he has long been passionate about: the military’s unequivocal duty to protect and defend the Constitution — what he called the “moral north star” for everyone in uniform.

    But his message in a time of turmoil — Trump has refused to concede his election loss — was unmistakable: The military exists to defend democracy and is not to be used as a political pawn. “We take an oath to the Constitution,” Milley said, adding that every service member “will protect and defend that document regardless of personal price.”

    Trump’s motives for the Pentagon shakeup are unclear, but it has created a great deal of unease within the building. Was he simply striking out at Esper and others he deemed not loyal enough? Is there a broader plan to enact policy changes that Trump could tout in his final days as commander in chief? Or, in the most extreme scenario, would Trump try to get the military to help him stay in office beyond Inauguration Day?

    Milley has pushed back against that last possibility, telling Congress that “In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military.” He said service members must not get involved in the transfer of power after an election.

    Trump had grown increasingly angry with Esper, who openly disagreed with his desire to use the active-duty military during the civil unrest in June. Esper also had worked with military leaders to talk Trump out of complete troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan.

    If the motive is to hand Trump some quick policy changes, then filling top jobs with more amenable loyalists will help — particularly in any effort to impede the smooth transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden. Accelerating troop withdrawals may also be a goal — but there is a fairly limited pool of other options.

    Swift and radical changes in Trump’s final 10 weeks are unlikely in a building that prides itself on exhaustive planning. The Pentagon is a massive bureaucracy and doesn’t turn on a dime. And while the department is rooted in the democratic bedrock of a civilian-controlled military, the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are powerful presidential advisers with decades of experience, and armed with documents detailing the potential consequences of national security actions.

    As yet, military commanders have gotten no new orders. And top military leaders — including Milley — are counseling patience and stability. They are projecting an America that remains a strong and reliable world power, where things remain steady.

    Most are watching Afghanistan as a possible bellwether. Trump has long talked about getting troops home for the holidays, while military leaders have urged for a more methodical withdrawal that gives them time to get equipment out and to apply pressure on the Taliban during peace talks. Fulfilling the goal of pulling all troops out could be Trump’s final fist pump as commander in chief.

    Over nearly four years, Milley and his predecessor, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, have been able to curb or shape White House impulses in matters of war. They successfully argued against pulling all U.S. forces out of Syria, and they slowed troop withdrawals in Afghanistan to preserve America’s negotiating status with the Taliban and keep an eye on resurging Islamic State militants. Milley joined Esper in persuading Trump not to use active-duty troops to quash civil unrest.

    But on other policy matters, Pentagon leaders saluted and marched forward. They found ways to use Defense Department money to help build Trump’s promised wall on the southern border, created his much-wanted Space Force, sidestepped an explicit ban on the Confederate flag and backed away from changing bases named after Confederate generals. Esper also carried Trump’s message on increasing defense spending to NATO allies, with modest success. The move for more allied spending was a continuation of a push by the Obama administration.

    The abrupt personnel changes this week, however, have amped up the anxiety of civilian and military staff in the five-sided building. In addition to replacing Esper with former National Counterterrorism Center director Miller, Trump installed loyalists Anthony Tata in the undersecretary for policy job and Ezra Cohen-Watnick as the acting intelligence undersecretary. James Anderson, who had been acting undersecretary for policy, and Joseph Kernan, who was undersecretary for intelligence, both resigned Tuesday.

    Miller also brought in his own chief of staff, Kash Patel, who was among the small group of aides who traveled with Trump extensively during the final stretch of the campaign. And he has brought in Douglas MacGregor, a fervent voice for an Afghanistan withdrawal, as a senior adviser.

    Miller has said little about his plans. During his first meetings with top defense leaders this week, he took time to lay out his biography — it includes his service as an Army Green Beret and a stint as the Pentagon’s assistant secretary for special operations. He has joined video calls, including on the pandemic, and has spoken to combatant commanders.

    Wednesday’s opening of the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, was his first public event, and he used it to talk about his enlistment and pride in military service. Flanking him were Milley, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. All spoke and Trump’s name and the election were never mentioned.

    Its all Trump

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    Newsmax to get Far Right Viewers that don't believe Trump lost the 2020 election

    On Monday, as President Trump sought to make the case — without evidence — that the election he lost to former vice president Joe Biden was fraudulent, he found a message he liked on little-watched cable news network Newsmax.

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    Trump liked what Newsmax was saying so much that he tweeted three clips from the network in three minutes. One featured a Republican spokeswoman, who said that “Joe Biden did not win this election. President Trump did.” Another featured a Republican congressman, who spoke while an on-screen graphic declared that “IT ISN’T OVER YET.” In the third, a Trump booster talked about dead people voting.

    The claims made in the clips did not pass muster on Twitter, which affixed a “this claim about election fraud is disputed” warning on each one.

    But, they provided valuable and free publicity to Newsmax, which has been trying to break into the cable news big leagues since launching in 2014. During the campaign, the president has encouraged his Twitter followers to watch his rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania on Newsmax. “Getting ready to land in Florida,” he wrote last month. “BIG CROWD! Live on various networks: @OANN, @cspan, @newsmax and others!!!” Fox News covered the rallies sparingly — or not at all.

    It’s been an uphill battle for Newsmax, which began as a Web portal in 1998. The network attracted just 21,000 total viewers over the course of a week this summer, according to Nielsen research data, compared with 1.9 million Fox News viewers during the same period, though it has achieved gains recently.

    The network is upping its attacks on Fox lately, smelling blood in the water after many conservatives, including the president, criticized Fox News for being the first news outlet to call Arizona for Biden, leading to something of a rift in the cozy, long-standing relationship.

    On Tuesday, after showing viewers that Trump had tweeted Newsmax clips, an anchor said, “The president seems to be changing his tune on which network to go to."

    Businessman Christopher Ruddy, who founded Newsmax, has emphasized his friendship with the president. During a CNN interview on Sunday, Ruddy said that Trump “is very disappointed in Fox News,” mentioning the performance of Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in moderating the first presidential debate as well as the network’s electoral forecasts.
    Unlike Fox News, which called the election for Biden on Saturday along with all major news outlets, Newsmax still has not made a call. On Tuesday, Newsmax critically covered an editorial decision made by Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto to cut away from a Monday press briefing by Trump’s reelection campaign, saying that he “can’t in good countenance continue showing you this” unless the campaign provides evidence to back up its voter fraud allegations. A Newsmax anchor said the decision showed that Fox, along with the rest of the media, was “jumping right into the tank for the left.” Later in the morning, an anchor asked rhetorically, “what happened to ‘fair and balanced?,’" mocking the network’s longtime slogan. Another Newsmax host criticized Fox’s ”unwillingness, their lack of curiosity, to get to the bottom of what’s going on” with the election.

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    What the hell is this Chris Krebs gets fired over not fitting in Trump's propaganda. But Krebs was going to leave anyway along with Trump on Inauguration. What is the fucking point of firing somebody that was going to be out of a cabinet seat in January.

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.

    In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Krebs gave a “highly inaccurate” statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.

    Trump, who has not yet conceded to president-elect Joe Biden, alleged that the election was riddled with “massive improprieties and fraud.” Twitter labeled the president’s tweets with a warning citing the claim about election fraud is disputed.

    Krebs, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is responsible for leading the effort to protect U.S. elections. He has previously said that there is no evidence the elections were compromised by foreign interference.

    On Election Day, Krebs called on Americans to be patient and “to treat all sensational and unverified claims with skepticism.”Regardless of the outcome here, there is a common bond that is stronger than political affiliation and that is that we are all Americans,” Krebs said during a November 3 press conference, adding, “keep calm and vote on, and after today, keep calm and let them count on.”

    Read more: No signs of hacks on computers used to record and tally votes, says top U.S. election protection official

    Earlier on Tuesday, Krebs tweeted from his government account, “On allegations that election systems were manipulated, 59 election security experts all agree, in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”

    Less than an hour after Trump tweeted about his firing, Krebs wrote from his personal Twitter account that he was “honored to serve.”
    He is the latest Trump administration official to depart on the heels of the election.

    “I’m proud of the work we did at CISA,” Krebs told NBC News on Tuesday night after the firing. “I’m proud of the teammates I had at CISA. We did it right.”

    A source with knowledge of the firing told NBC News Krebs found out the news via Twitter and that it was upsetting for him because he took the work seriously.

    Several sources close to Krebs told NBC News in recent days that it was a matter of “when, not if” Krebs would be fired. They expected him to continue to push back on the president’s misinformation about the election to the end and not “lay low.”

    “He’s been on death watch,” said a person close to Krebs.

    Last week, Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper via Twitter and replaced him with Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

    On the heels of Esper’s removal, a Trump administration official told CNBC’s Eamon Javers that “I assume FBI and CIA are next,” referring to FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel.

    The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The latest revelation comes as Trump has rejected the results of the U.S. presidential election. Other top administration officials, such as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have publicly insisted that the election is not over.

    —NBC News contributed to this report

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    . Two men have been charged in a 41-count criminal complaint for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

    Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro (dob 9/9/67), aka Mark Anthony Gonsalves, and Marcos Raul Arevalo (dob 3/15/86) were each charged in case BA491333 with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.

    Montenegro faces an additional 10 counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.

    The case was filed for warrant on November 12.

    Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

    Montenegro allegedly submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October 2020. The defendant also is accused of falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne.

    If convicted as charged, Montenegro faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months in state prison, while Arevalo faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

    The Public Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.

    The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, FBI, Covina Police Department and the California Secretary of State’s Office assisted in the initial investigation.

    Apparently there is a voter fraud allegation from Los Angeles County. But in this case it's in relation to a mayoral race in Hawthorne, CA. Nothing to to do with the Presidential election.

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    Three attorneys have filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, accusing the South Carolina Republican of pressuring a Georgia elections official to toss out legally cast absentee votes in the presidential race.

    In a complaint filed Wednesday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Claire Finkelstein, Richard Painter and Walter Shaub “urge the committee to investigate whether Senator Graham suggested that Secretary Raffensperger disenfranchise Georgia voters by not counting votes lawfully cast for the office of president.” They also “demand clarity as to whether Senator Graham has threatened anyone with a Senate investigation of the Georgia vote tally and or taken steps to initiate such an investigation.”

    The complaint also requests that Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “be recused from any investigation or other Senate matter relating to alleged irregularities in the 2020 election” while any probe of his comments is ongoing.

    The complaint stems from comments by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who said this week that Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, a question Raffensperger interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes. Raffensperger told The Washington Post he’s faced rising pressure from fellow Republicans who want to see Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead in the state reversed.

    The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Biden leads President Donald Trump by 0.3 percentage points. There is no mandatory recount law in Georgia, but state law provides that option to a trailing candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. It is AP’s practice not to call a race that is – or is likely to become – subject to a recount.

    Election officials have said a hand recount has turned up more than 5,000 votes in four counties that weren't previously counted but won't alter the overall outcome of the race, in which nearly 5 million votes were cast in the state. Officials have said the margin between Trump and Biden will be about 12,800 votes when those previously uncounted votes are accounted for.

    When Georgia voters return an absentee ballot, they have to sign an oath on an outer envelope. County election office workers are required to ensure the signature matches the one on the absentee ballot application and the one in the voter registration system, Raffensperger has said.

    “He asked if the absentee ballots could be matched back to the envelope,” Raffensperger told The Associated Press this week, of his conversation with Graham. “I thought that then Sen. Graham implied for us to audit the envelopes and throw out ballots of counties who had the highest frequency error rate of signatures, and I told him that’s something that we couldn’t do.”

    Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop called the attorneys “longtime vocal critics” of both Graham and Trump, adding, “Their complaint should be viewed in that light.” Painter has called Graham “Putin’s favorite senator,” while Finkelstein said this week Trump “will likely be indicted” after leaving office.

    Schaub, the former head of the federal Office of Government Ethics, complained in 2017 about Graham’s tweets that he said improperly promoted Trump International Golf Club.

    When asked about the conversation with Raffensperger, Graham said Monday that he was “trying to find out how the signature stuff worked” and that Raffensperger “did a good job of explaining to me how they verify signatures.”

    Asked about Raffensperger’s interpretation that he was suggesting legally cast ballots should be thrown out, Graham said, “That’s ridiculous.”
    Trump — who has made unfounded claims of widespread voting irregularities and fraud — and his campaign have repeatedly taken to social media to criticize Raffensperger and the way the state’s hand tally was being conducted. Once the hand tally is complete and the results certified, the losing campaign can request a recount, which would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes.

    County election officials were instructed to complete the count by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. The deadline for the state to certify election results is Friday.


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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — An employee of the state legislature was arrested on a child pornography charge, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

    Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. Rod Grassmann told FOX40 that in February a social media company flagged a pornographic picture showing someone underage on one of its user’s accounts, alerting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    “Because of the digital age, we’re able to track people and their activities much better than in the past,” Sgt. Grassmann explained.

    Investigators came to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and created a search warrant, according to Grassmann.

    The investigation led them to 28-year-old Brandon Martinez Bratcher. He turned himself in Monday and is facing a felony charge of possessing child pornography.

    “The internet connection came out of the State Capitol,” Grassmann said.

    Bratcher was a legislative assistant working for Assistant Speaker Pro Tem Rebecca Bauer-Kahan with the State Assembly.

    Her office declined an on-camera interview but sent FOX40 a statement that reads: “We were stunned to learn of these disturbing charges. Once we learned of the investigation he was immediately placed on administrative leave.”

    Grassmann said officers with the California Highway Patrol served a search warrant at Bratcher’s home and they’re still investigating.

    “There could be additional charges depending on additional evidence,” Grassman said. “Sexually exploited children is a huge issue in this country and in this area. We take that very seriously.”

    Bratcher is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

    Jail records show Bratcher is no longer in custody. FOX40 reached out to him by email Tuesday for a comment but has not yet heard back.

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    The two Republicans on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially refused on Tuesday to certify the county’s election results, which show former Vice President Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump.

    But they suddenly reversed their decision after hours of phone calls from the public lambasting them for trying to exclude predominantly Black Detroit from the certification.

    The board first deadlocked at 2-2 with the Republicans voting against certifying the results and Democrats voting to certify. It would have been an unprecedented move by a local board to refuse to certify an election result as part of a scheme to overturn the outcome.

    This ultimately aborted move came as Trump continues to falsely claim that voter fraud cost him the election without providing any evidence or specific, provable allegations of fraud. Trump has filed over 20 lawsuits challenging the election results, with disastrous results so far. He has repeatedly lost in court because he can present no evidence of fraud.

    The two Republican board members ― Monica Palmer and William Hartmann ― initially stated that their refusal to certify Wayne County’s results was due to minor discrepancies in absentee poll book matches, according to The Detroit News. Similar minor discrepancies have never stopped the local board from certifying elections in the past.

    “There is no reason under the sun for us to have not certified this election,” Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch, one of the board’s two Democrats, said. “I believe that politics made its presence known here today.”

    After the initial vote, the board of canvassers heard from angry members of the public, who accused the two Republicans of racism for trying to exclude votes from Detroit, which is approximately 80% Black.

    Palmer, one of the Republicans on the Wayne County board, initially suggested that she would only certify “communities other than Detroit” that are within the county — suburbs that are predominantly white.

    Hartmann, meanwhile, has shared racist memes, including about Detroit residents, and has promoted Trump’s disproven conspiracies about voter fraud on his social media accounts.

    “As the process moves to the state level, eligible Black voters and others across Wayne County, who overcame tremendous obstacles to vote this season, are being rendered, second-class citizens,” Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement.

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    Leading Michigan Democrats denounced the Republicans’ initial refusal to certify the results before they changed their votes.

    “In refusing to approve the results of the election in Wayne County, the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have placed partisan politics above their legal duty to certify the election results,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) said in a statement Tuesday night.

    After hearing from the public, Palmer and Hartmann reversed their votes and the board unanimously certified the county’s election results while also calling on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) to conduct a review of poll book discrepancies.

    While this episode ultimately ended with the votes upheld, it demonstrates a Republican Party, from the president on down to local officials, willing to discard the election results and steal the 2020 election, specifically by invalidating votes cast by Black Americans.

    The initial action by the GOP board of canvassers members was part of a scheme, promoted by Trump’s campaign, involving local and state-level Republicans on local canvassing and elections boards refusing to certify election results in jurisdictions where Biden won. In doing so, they believe, they could throw the certification decision to Republican-controlled state legislatures that could then choose Trump as the winner, even though he lost the popular vote to Biden by almost 3%. Republican legislative leaders have, however, said that they will play no role in the theft of the election.

    Trump praised the initial refusal to certify the Wayne County results in an inaccurate tweet claiming that the certification for statewide Michigan results had been refused.

    “Wow!” Trump tweeted. “Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!”

    The board reversed the decision six minutes later.

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    This Shit has nothing to do with election results its all about Trump wanting a Jonestown in the USA. DETROIT — President Trump called a GOP canvassing board member in Wayne County who announced Wednesday she wanted to rescind her decision to certify the results of the presidential election, the member said in a message to The Washington Post on Thursday.

    “I did receive a call from President Trump, late Tuesday evening, after the meeting,” Monica Palmer, one of two Republican members of the four-member Wayne County canvassing board, told The Post. “He was checking in to make sure I was safe after hearing the threats and doxing that had occurred.”

    The call came after an hours-long meeting Tuesday in which the four-member canvassing board voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election, a key step toward finalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

    Trump has also invited leaders from Michigan’s Republican-controlled state legislature to meet with him on Friday afternoon in Washington, according to a person familiar with those plans.

    The Republican-controlled state legislature could, in theory, step in to award Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, if the state’s board of canvassers does not certify a winner. Earlier this week, Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) said that Biden is the president-elect, and that an effort to award Michigan’s electoral votes to Trump “not going to happen,” according to the news outlet Bridge Michigan.

    The Detroit News reported that Shirkey is among those set to meet with Trump. Shirkey’s office did not respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post.

    For now, Trump’s interventions seemed unlikely to change the course of events in Michigan. Biden is winning the state by a wide margin, more than 148,000 votes. The state’s board of canvassers is still scheduled to hold a hearing Monday to certify the results.

    But Trump’s actions in Michigan showed how he has used the prestige and platform of the presidency in an unprecedented ways in the election’s aftermath -- including by reaching out directly to the officials who must certify Biden’s victories.

    The president has now spent two weeks making false claims on Twitter, and filing lawsuits that have generally gone nowhere in the courts. On Thursday, his campaign dropped its lawsuit seeking to block Michigan’s results -- a sign, perhaps, that they believe their most likely path to success is a political one, persuading the state’s elected Republicans to award Trump a state he lost.

    In affidavits signed Wednesday evening, the two GOP members of the board allege that they were improperly pressured into certifying the election and accused Democrats of reneging on a promise to audit votes in Detroit.

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    In an interview, Palmer estimated that she talked with Trump for about two minutes Tuesday. She said she felt no pressure to change her vote. Palmer has said she received messages threatening her and her family during and after the tense Tuesday meeting.

    His concern was about my safety and that was really touching. He is a really busy guy and to have his concern about my safety was appreciated,” she told The Post.

    Asked if they discussed the presidential vote count, she said: “It’s hard for me to describe. There was a lot of adrenalin and stress going on. There were general comments about different states but we really didn’t discuss the details of the certification.”

    Asked again about possible pressure from such a call, Palmer said: “It was not pressure. It was genuine concern for my safety."

    William Hartmann, the other Republican on the board, has signed a similar affidavit, according a person familiar with the document. Hartmann did not respond to a message from The Post.

    Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat and the board’s vice chairman, told The Post that it’s too late for the pair to reverse course, as the certified results have been sent to the secretary of state in accordance with state rules. He lashed out at the Republicans over their requests.

    Do they understand how they are making us look as a body?” he said. “We have such an amazing and important role in the democratic process, and they’re turning it on its head.”

    Also on Thursday, the Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit it had filed in federal court to block Michigan from certifying its election results. In explaining the move, Trump’s lawyers said — incorrectly — that the Wayne County board had voted not to certify the county’s results.

    The Secretary of State’s Office, which handles Michigan elections, has said that — after the Wayne County board voted to certify the election results Tuesday — the decision is now out of their hands, according to news reports.

    “There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote,” Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), told The Washington Post. “Their job is done and the next step in the process is for the Board of State Canvassers to meet and certify.”

    For three hours, an obscure county board in Michigan was at the center of U.S. politics

    At the heart of the dispute is a last-minute compromise between Kinloch and the Republicans to seek a comprehensive audit of results in the Detroit area, where the GOP members said the votes were out of balance — meaning the poll book, the official list of who voted, didn’t match the number of ballots received.

    Palmer and Hartmann said in their affidavits that they believed they had a firm commitment to an audit. But Palmer says in her affidavit that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) later said she didn’t view their resolution asking for an audit as binding.

    “I felt misled,” Palmer told The Post earlier Wednesday, before signing the affidavit. “I stand firm in not certifying Wayne County without the audit.”

    Kinloch, though, said Palmer and Hartmann knew exactly what they were agreeing to Tuesday, and the board has yet to even formally ask Benson for the audit.

    Palmer “knew it wasn’t binding,” Kinloch said. “We just voted yesterday.”

    Kinloch said he and Palmer texted each other into the early hours of Wednesday, with the Democrat explaining he had support across the board for the request. But he said Palmer was aware he had not been able to directly reach the secretary of state’s office on Tuesday night.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case.

    “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

    The pardon, coming in the waning weeks of Trump's single term, is part of a broader effort by the president to undo the results of a Russia investigation that shadowed his administration and yielded criminal charges against a half dozen associates. It comes just months after the president commuted the sentence of another associate, Roger Stone, days before he was to report to prison.

    A Justice Department official said the department was not consulted on the pardon and learned Wednesday of the plan. But the official, who spoke on condition on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, noted that the president has the legal power to pardon Flynn.

    The move is likely to energize supporters who have taken up Flynn as a cause celebre and rallied around the retired Army lieutenant general as the victim of what they assert is an unfair prosecution, even though Flynn twice admitted guilt. Trump has repeatedly spoken warmly about Flynn and, in an indication of his personal interest in his fate, asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February 2017 to end a criminal investigation into the national security adviser.

    In a statement, Flynn’s family thanked Trump “for answering our prayers and the prayers of a nation” by issuing the pardon.

    Democrats lambasted the pardon as undeserved and unprincipled. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power," while Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said a “pardon by Trump does not erase” the truth of Flynn's guilty plea, “no matter how Trump and his allies try to suggest otherwise.”

    “The President’s enablers have constructed an elaborate narrative in which Trump and Flynn are victims and the Constitution is subject to the whims of the president," House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said in a statement. “Americans soundly rejected this nonsense when they voted out President Trump. ”

    The pardon is the final step in a case defined by twists and turns. The most dramatic came in May when the Justice Department abruptly moved to dismiss the case, insisting that Flynn should not have been interviewed by the FBI in the first place, only to have U.S. District Justice Emmet Sullivan resist the request and appoint a former judge to argue against the federal government's position and to evaluate whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt for perjury.

    That former judge, John Gleeson, called the Justice Department's dismissal request an abuse of power and said its grounds for dropping the case were ever-evolving and “patently pretextual.”

    As Sullivan declined to immediately dismiss the prosecution, Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell sought to bypass the judge by asking a federal appeals court to direct him to drop the matter. A three-judge panel did exactly that, but the full court overturned that decision and sent case back to Sullivan.

    At a hearing in September, Powell told Sullivan that she had discussed Flynn's case with Trump but also said she did not want a pardon — presumably because she wanted him to be vindicated in the courts.

    Powell emerged separately in recent weeks as a public face of the Trump's efforts to overturn the results of his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, but the Trump legal team distanced itself from her after she advanced a series of uncorroborated conspiracy claims.

    The pardon spares Flynn the possibility of any prison sentence, which Sullivan could potentially have imposed had he ultimately rejected the Justice Department's dismissal request. That request was made after a review of the case by a federal prosecutor from St. Louis who had been specially appointed by Attorney General William Barr.

    At issue in the prosecution was an FBI interview of Flynn, days after Trump's inauguration, about a conversation he had during the presidential transition period with the then-Russian ambassador.

    Flynn acknowledged lying during that interview by saying he had not discussed with the diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, sanctions that had just been imposed on Russia for election interference by the outgoing Obama administration. During that conversation, Flynn urged Kislyak for Russia to be “even-keeled” in response to the punitive measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about relations between the countries after Trump became president.

    The conversation alarmed the FBI, which at the time was investigating whether the Trump campaign and Russia had coordinated to sway the election. In addition, White House officials were stating publicly that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions, which the FBI knew was untrue.

    Flynn was ousted from his position in February 2017 after news broke that Obama administration officials had warned the White House that Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with Kislyak and was vulnerable to being blackmailed. He pleaded guilty months later to a false statement charge.

    But last May, after years of defending the prosecution, the Justice Department abruptly reversed its position.

    It asserted the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn about Kislyak and that any statements he made during the interview were not material to the FBI's broader counterintelligence probe. The department also pointed to internal FBI notes showing agents had planned to close out the investigation weeks before interviewing Kislyak.

    Flynn, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was among the first people charged in Mueller's investigation and provided such extensive cooperation that prosecutors did not recommend any prison time, leaving open the possibility of probation.

    But the morning he was to have been sentenced, after a stern rebuke about his behavior from Sullivan, Flynn asked for the hearing to be cut short so that he could continue cooperating and earn credit toward a more lenient sentence.

    After that, he hired new attorneys — including Powell, a conservative commentator and outspoken critic of Mueller's investigation — who took a far more confrontational stance to the government and had tried to withdraw his guilty plea.

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    . White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is describing Monday’s Electoral College vote confirming Joe Biden as the nation’s next president as just “one step in the constitutional process.”

    McEnany’s assessment is the latest example of White House officials declining to accept Biden’s victory.

    McEnany was asked Tuesday by reporters whether President Donald Trump now considers Biden to be the president-elect and whether he plans to invite him to the White House.

    She declined to provide such an acknowledgement, saying “the president is still involved in ongoing litigation related to the election. Yesterday’s vote was one step in the constitutional process, so I will leave that to him and refer you to the campaign for more on that litigation.”

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday broke his silence on the winner of the presidency after the Electoral College vote of 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump. McConnell said, “The Electoral College has spoken.”

    McEnany says she has not gotten the president’s reaction to McConnell

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    CNN anchor Don Lemon lost whatever patience he had left with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during his monologue Tuesday night.

    Lemon took issue with McEnany's consistent media criticism and how she has continued to deny President-elect Joe Biden is the rightful winner of the 2020 election.

    "Do you know she worked for — girl, bye," Lemon said, referencing McEnany's time as a CNN commentator. "Girl, bye. Buh-bye."

    He said McEnany "is acting like the election didn't even happen, acting like she's not about to be out of a job."

    "So much disinformation coming from the podium," Lemon added. "It's every day."

    Lemon described McEnany's persistent suggestions on what the news media should be covering as hypocritical given her history at the network.

    McEnany began appearing on CNN as a law student and was highly critical of Trump as a candidate in 2015, calling one of his comments "racist" and "not the American way."

    Lemon also asked why White House officials like McEnany "act like they're living in an alternate reality and universe?"

    "You used to sit here on the set with us. I think we got it," Lemon said. "When you sat here with us, you thought we had it. You were happy to be here. But now we don't know what we're doing? Girl, bye."

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    New York (CNN Business)Geraldo Rivera, a Fox News correspondent and longtime friend of Donald Trump, has a message for the president: "It's over."

    During a segment on "The Story With Martha MacCallum," Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Rivera and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk to share their thoughts on President-elect Joe Biden's Tuesday night speech after the electoral college officially submitted their votes.
    "He is absolutely right. It's over," Rivera said, nodding to Biden's speech that focused on moving forward. He added that he wants President Donald Trump to "understand it is over."
    Kirk, who leads the right-wing college activism group, wasn't willing to concede that fact. In defense of Trump and his legal team's efforts to overturn the results of the election, Kirk said Trump supporters still have "very good questions" about the election results.

    There are still plenty of pending legal challenges," Kirk said. "There are hundreds."
    "That's so dishonest," Rivera quickly chimed in. "You have to stop this."
    Trump's cases have been litigated for six weeks, Rivera pointed out, adding that the Supreme Court has rejected Trump's efforts twice.
    "The President of the United States Donald Trump can end the post-election turmoil. The nation is rattled. We are divided. The government is in disarray," Rivera said in a call-to-action video posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the on-air spat with Kirk. "President Trump must concede. The electoral college has spoken. They voted yesterday, as you know, for Joe Biden."
    This isn't a new stance for Rivera. On November 11, four days after most major news outlets declared the race for Joe Biden, Rivera tweeted, "Dear @realDonaldTrump-my honored friend-you fought an incredible battle vs all odds and the curse of insidious disease. You battled the back stabbers & our enemies & remade the world in peace & prosperity. You came so close. Time coming soon to say goodbye with grace & dignity."

    President Donald Trump is going in for the kill shot against his one-time favorite network.

    In a Wednesday morning tweet, the president bashed Fox News — going so far as to pronounce its demise.

    “Can’t believe how badly @FoxNews is doing in the ratings,” Trump wrote. “They played right into the hands of the Radical Left Democrats, & now are floating in limboland. Hiring fired @donnabraziIe, and far worse, allowing endless negative and unedited commercials. @FoxNews is dead. Really Sad!”
    The tweet is the latest example of Trump trying to siphon away viewers from Fox, and push them towards fringe, far-right outlets such as OAN and Newsmax. While the latter network has had a ratings uptick in recent weeks, neither has been much more than a blip on the Nielsen radar for Fox News — which remains atop the cable news heap.

    Yet for all his proclamations of Fox’s demise, the president has — since the election — granted interviews only to that network. He spoke with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade this past weekend. He gave his first post-election interview to Maria Bartiromo. And the president’s tweet immediately followed an interview his chief spokesperson, White House Press Secretary and Trump campaign adviser Kayleigh McEnany, gave to Fox News.

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    Undercutting President Donald Trump on multiple fronts, Attorney General William Barr said Monday he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president’s claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax investigation of President-elect Joe Biden’s son.

    Barr, in his final public appearance as a member of Trump’s Cabinet, also reinforced the belief of federal officials that Russia was behind a massive hack of U.S. government agencies, not China as the president has suggested.

    Barr is leaving the Justice Department this week, having morphed from one of Trump’s most loyal allies to one of the few members of the Cabinet willing to contradict the president openly. That’s been particularly true since the election, with Barr declaring in an interview with The AP that he had seen no evidence of widespread voting fraud, even as Trump continued to make false claims about the integrity of the contest.

    The president has also grown particularly angry that Barr didn’t announce the existence of a two-year-old investigation of Hunter Biden before the election. On Monday, Barr said that investigation was “being handled responsibly and professionally.”

    “I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave,” he said, adding that there was also no need for a special counsel to investigate the election.

    A special counsel would make it more difficult for Biden and his yet-to-be-named attorney general to close investigations begun under Trump. Such an appointment could also add a false legitimacy to baseless claims, particularly to the throngs of Trump supporters who believe the election was stolen because Trump keeps wrongly claiming it was.

    Barr’s comments came at a press conference to announce additional criminal charges in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 190 Americans, an issue he had worked on in his previous stint as attorney general in the early 1990s. He’ll step down on Wednesday and be replaced by acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.

    Barr’s statements on the special counsel may make it easier for Rosen to resist pressure from the White House to open any special counsel investigation.

    In his 2019 confirmation hearing for deputy attorney general, Rosen said he was willing to rebuff political pressure from the White House if necessary. He told legislators that criminal investigations should “proceed on the facts and the law” and prosecutions should be “free of improper political influences.”

    “If the appropriate answer is to say no to somebody, then I will say no,” he said at the time.

    Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He’s also lost twice at the U.S. Supreme Court.

    With no further tenable legal recourse, Trump has been fuming and peppering allies for options as he refuses to accept his loss.

    Among those allies is Rudy Giuliani, who during a meeting Friday pushed Trump to seize voting machines in his hunt for evidence of fraud. The Homeland Security Department made clear, however, that it had no authority to do so. It is also unclear what that would accomplish.

    For his part, Barr said he saw no reason to seize them. Earlier this month, Barr also told AP that the Justice Department and Homeland Security had looked into the claims “that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results” and ultimately concluded that “we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that.”

    Trump has consulted on special counsels with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and outside allies, according to several Trump administration officials and Republicans close to the White House who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized discuss the matter publicly.

    Trump was interested both in a counsel to investigate the younger Biden’s tax dealings and a second to look into election fraud. He even floated the idea of naming attorney Sidney Powell as the counsel — though Powell was booted from Trump’s legal team after she made a series of increasingly wild conspiratorial claims about the election.

    Federal law requires that an attorney general appoint any special counsels.

    Barr also said Monday the hack of U.S. government agencies “certainly appears to be the Russians.”

    In implicating the Russians, Barr was siding with the widely held belief within the U.S. government and the cybersecurity community that Russian hackers were responsible for breaches at multiple government agencies, including the Treasury and Commerce departments.

    Hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a radio interview that Russia was “pretty clearly” behind the hacks, Trump sought to undercut that message and play down the severity of the attack.

    He tweeted that the “Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality.” He also said China could be responsible even though no credible evidence has emerged to suggest anyone other than Russia might be to blame.

    Monday was also the 32nd anniversary of the Pan Am explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 259 people in the air and 11 on the ground.

    The Justice Department announced its case against the accused bombmaker, Abu Agela Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, who admitted in an interview with Libyan officials several years ago that he had built the bomb and worked with two other defendants to carry out the attack, Barr said.

    Calling the news conference to announce the charges underscored Barr’s attachment to that case. He had announced an earlier set of charges against two other Libyan intelligence officials in his capacity as acting attorney general nearly 30 years ago, vowing the investigation would continue.

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    TUNIS – Former Tunisian presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui has been arrested on charges of money laundering and tax evasion, a Tunis court spokesman said on Thursday.

    Karoui spent most of last year’s presidential campaign in jail for the same charges, which he called politically driven. He was released just before the election, but the investigation continued. A judge in charge of financial cases ordered him jailed again on Thursday, said a Tunis court spokesman Mohsen Dali.

    Dali said Karoui can appeal his arrest. Karoui’s brother Ghazi is also facing charges but was not arrested because he enjoys immunity as a parliament deputy, the spokesman said.

    A member of Karoui’s support committee, lawyer Nazih Souii, said he was “surprised and shocked” by the arrest, and alleged that the judge acted under “political pressure.”

    The case against Karoui was opened after a complaint four years ago by an anti-corruption group.

    Karoui, a populist media mogul, founded Nessma TV and heads the Qalb Tunis party, the second-largest party in parliament.

    Karoui was runner-up in last year’s presidential election, won by Kais Saied, a conservative professor who has vowed to root out corruption that has contributed to Tunisia’s economic struggles.

    Both candidates rode to the presidential runoff on the disenchantment of Tunisians, particularly young people and the poor, who felt the governing class hasn’t fulfilled the promises of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, which unleashed revolts around the Arab world.

    Other prominent figures have also been targeted recently in corruption investigations.

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    The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that seeks to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden when Congress formally counts the Electoral College votes next week.

    Pence, as president of the Senate, will oversee the session Wednesday and declare the winner of the White House race. The Electoral College this month cemented Biden?s 306-232 victory, and multiple legal efforts by President Donald Trump?s campaign to challenge the results have failed.

    The suit names Pence, who has a largely ceremonial role in next week?s proceedings, as the defendant and asks the court to throw out the 1887 law that spells out how Congress handles the vote counting. It asserts that the vice president ?may exercise the exclusive authority and sole discretion in determining which electoral votes to count for a given State.?

    The Justice Department is representing Pence in a case that aims to find a way to keep his boss, President Donald Trump, in power. In a court filing in Texas on Wednesday, the department said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and a group of Republican electors from Arizona ?have sued the wrong defendant? ? if, in fact, any of those suing actually have ?a judicially cognizable claim.?

    The department says, in effect, that the suit objects to long-standing procedures laid out in law, ?not any actions that Vice President Pence has taken,? so he should not be the target of the suit.

    ?A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction,? the department argues.

    Trump, the first president to lose a reelection bid in almost 30 years, has attributed his defeat to widespread voter fraud. But a range of nonpartisan election officials and Republicans has confirmed there was no fraud in the November contest that would change the results of the election. That includes former Attorney General William Barr, who said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president?s claims about the 2020 election. He resigned from his post last week.

    Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He?s also lost twice at the Supreme Court.

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    . TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - In the wake of a Newsmax interview in which he said a federal judge’s decision to reject his lawsuit against the vice president appeared to leave people upset about the election with no recourse but rioting in the streets, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said he was not advocating for violence.

    “I have not encouraged and unequivocally do not advocate for violence,” Gohmert, R-Tyler, said in the statement. “I have long advocated for following the teaching and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of peaceful protest. That does not keep me from recognizing what lies ahead when the institutions created by a self-governing people to peacefully resolve disputes hide from their responsibility.”

    In the statement, Gohmert added that violence is not the answer.

    “The appropriate answer is courts and self-governing bodies resolving disputes as intended,” Gohmert said.

    The U.S. representative posted the video of the Newsmax interview on his Twitter page Friday night.

    Judge rules “no standing” in my lawsuit to toss fraudulent Biden electors. If I don’t have standing, no one does. When no one ever has standing, what good is a court system? My response on @Newsmax below #SaveTheRepublic #StopTheSteal

    — Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) January 2, 2021
    During the Newsmax interview, the anchor cited the judge’s statement that Gohmert didn’t have the standing to file the lawsuit.

    “This is an example of when the institutions that our Constitution created to resolve disputes so that you didn’t have to have riots and violence in the streets go wrong,” Gohmert said in the interview. “I still believe in the court system. I was part of the court system for decades – as a litigant, a judge, and as an appellate chief justice.”

    Gohmert said back when he was a trial judge in Texas, he had a controversial case, and his judge friends told him not to try it because it was “dynamite.” He added that he lost a night’s sleep over his decision to try the case.

    The U.S. representative said many judges try to avoid controversial cases like the election fraud lawsuits by using procedural issues.

    “There still has not been one court, state or federal, that has had an evidentiary hearing and allowed the evidence of fraud to be introduced,” Gohmert said during the interview. “All this stuff about it being debunked or unsubstantiated those are absolute lies. Complete lies. The only hearings have been held by state legislatures.”

    Gohmert said that if he doesn’t have the standing to protest the election results, no one does. He added that the bottom line is that the court was telling the people who are upset over the election results, “We’re not going to touch this. You have no remedy.”

    “Basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you’ve got to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM,” Gohmert said during the interview.

    On Friday, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Gohmert and others against Vice President Mike Pence and others in an attempt to stop a Joe Biden presidency.

    Judge Jeremy Kernodle stated a lack of subject matter jurisdiction in his order of dismissal.

    The lawsuit was an attempt to allow Pence to deny electors from Arizona and other contested states.

    Later Friday, Gohmert and the other plaintiffs gave Kernodle notice that they would be appealing to the Fifth Court of Appeals, according to a Politico article. During the Newsmax interview, Gohmert said he expected the court to act before Jan. 6

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    AUSTIN (KXAN) ? Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz has joined the fight to block President-elect Joe Biden?s confirmation as winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.

    Cruz made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday morning, linking to a joint statement along with several other Republican senators, including Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, Tommy Tuberville, of Alabama, and Marsha Blackburn, of Tennessee.

    The move comes as Pres. Trump, his administration and supporters continue pushing still unproven claims of widespread voter fraud. Last month, electors in all states certified their votes for Joe Biden.

    Zero evidence of voter fraud in any state, officials report to NYT
    The senators demand that Congress immediately appoint an Electoral Commission to pursue a full investigation and an emergency 10-day audit of election numbers in disputed states.

    In part, the letter reads: ?? we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ?regularly given? and ?lawfully certified? (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.?

    The senators say they understand ?most if not all? Democrats and even some Republicans will vote otherwise but say they believe ?election integrity? should be paramount.

    The continued claims of voter fraud come even as Pres. Trump?s now-former Attorney General and close ally William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would have effected the election outcome.

    Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud
    Additionally, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency?s review of elections operations and results concluded the election was the ?most secure in American history.?

    The agency continued, saying: There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.?

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. ? ?WE HAVE WON THIS ELECTION!? President Donald Trump can be heard telling Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in audio obtained by the Washington Post.

    During the call, released Sunday, Trump assures Raffensperger ? who certified the state?s results for Biden multiple times ? that the people of Georgia are ?angry? about his loss.

    ?There?s nothing wrong with saying that you?ve recalculated,? Trump is heard telling Raffensperger, who he says took the election away from him.

    Raffensperger responds, saying: ?Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.?

    GOP torn over Trump?s Electoral College challenge of Biden
    Trump followed up this statement by asking if it was possible that ballots were shredded in Fulton County and that Dominion had removed voting machines: both rumors he claims to have heard.

    Raffensperger proceeds to negate both Trump?s questions.

    ?You should want to have an accurate election,? Trump says. ?And you?re a Republican.?

    ?We believe that we do have an accurate election,? Raffensperger urges.

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    ?No, no, you don?t. No, no, you don?t. You don?t. You don?t have. Not even close,? Trump continues. ?You?re off by hundreds of thousands of votes.?

    After this, Trump points the finger at Raffensperger, saying he knows what has happened and isn?t doing anything ? and appears to allude to criminal consequences for Raffensperger.

    ?I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state,? Trump says.

    Raffensperger never wavers on the call, however, saying ultimately, ?Mr. President, we have to stand by our numbers. We believe our numbers are right.?

    The Washington Post reached out to the White House, the Trump campaign, Meadows ? all did not respond for comment. Raffensperger?s office declined to comment.

    ?Voter fraud? in 2020 election
    Trump?s continued claims of voter fraud come even as his now-former Attorney General and close ally William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would have effected the election outcome.

    Additionally, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency?s review of elections operations and results concluded the election was the ?most secure in American history.?

    A November investigation by the New York Times also revealed zero evidence of voter fraud in any state.

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    PLURAL. I think we need to start enforcing the laws of treason which is punishable by death. Throw these guys in front of a firing squad and see how quickly this fuckacting stops.

    (CNN)The Pennsylvania Senate's swearing-in ceremony devolved into a chaotic scene on Tuesday when state GOP senators refused to seat a Democratic member who had won reelection and seized control of the proceedings from the Democratic lieutenant governor after his objections.

    Republicans in the chamber made a motion to not seat state Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, whose narrow win in November is being challenged by his GOP opponent. The Pennsylvania Department of State has confirmed his win.

    When Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman objected to the motion -- insisting that Brewster be sworn in -- the state GOP took the rare step of seizing control of the proceedings from him.

    The scene drew swift backlash from Democrats across the state, including Gov. Tom Wolf, who said in a statement, "This is a shameful power grab that disgraces the institution."

    "It is simply unethical and undemocratic to leave the district without a voice simply because the Republicans don't like the outcome of the election. Voters, not Harrisburg politicians, decided this election, and Sen. Brewster is the rightful winner," Wolf said.

    "All ballots were counted and certified, and the results are accurate. Sen. Brewster received the most votes in this race and should be sworn in as the Senator for the 45th District. There is no precedent, and no legal rationale, for failing to do so," he added.

    The state Republicans' case for not sitting Brewster rests on a lawsuit filed by his opponent, Nicole Ziccarelli. She is seeking to overturn her election loss through the removal of some Allegheny County mail-in ballots that didn't include handwritten dates on their outer declaration envelopes.

    It's unclear how long the state GOP plans to keep Brewster's seat empty.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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