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    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker endorsed by former President Donald Trump who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and another lawmaker who also believes the 2020 presidential election results should be overturned are among four Republicans vying for the top elections post in the presidential battleground. It’s a trend seen in several Republican primaries this year that has led to mixed results for those who peddle conspiracy theories and promote the falsehood that widespread fraud led to Trump’s defeat. Tuesday’s primary elections feature similar candidates in Kansas and Washington state. In Kansas, voters will choose between a challenger who questions the 2020 presidential results and the incumbent Republican who believes the election was secure in his state. Washington state’s open primary also has a candidate who backs Trump’s unsupported claims, although that’s not the toughest challenge the Democratic incumbent faces. So far this year, Republican primary voters have split on whether to put election skeptics on the November ballot. In June, Nevada voters selected former state lawmaker Jim Marchant, who...
    The D.C. Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed ethics charges against a former Trump Justice Department official who tried to help overturn the results of the 2020 election. Jeffrey Clark is accused of making false statements to election officials in Georgia and participating in conduct that could “seriously interfere with the administration of justice,” according to the complaint obtained by the Washington Examiner. Clark is accused of making false statements about the 2020 election in a draft letter he asked the then-acting attorney general to send promoting claims of widespread election fraud. EX-DC POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS BEATEN ON JAN. 6 HECKLED BY PROTESTERS OUTSIDE HEARING Clark suggested the DOJ had “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia” in portions of the letter. However, the department had found no allegations that would have affected the results of the election, the ethics charges state. The former DOJ official also told Georgia officials the department was troubled by the lack of...
    The speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly said former President Donald Trump called him last week to try and get the state to decertify its 2020 presidential election results.  Robin Vos, 54, claimed Trump asked him yet again to throw out Biden's 2020 victory in Wisconsin after the state ruled absentee ballot drop boxes illegal earlier this month, WISN reported.  Vos said he shot down the former president's request, and appeared unfazed after Trump blasted him on Monday in a post on his Truth Social platform, calling the state assembly leader a Republican in Name Only (RINO) who is aiding Democrats.  'It's very consistent,' Vos said as he described the calls he said he has received from Trump over the 2020 election. 'He makes his case, which I respect.  'He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained it's not allowed under the constitution,' Vos added.   'He has a different opinion, and then he put out the tweet. So that's it.' Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly (left), said former President Donald Trump asked him...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by a New Mexico county commissioner to shut down state proceedings against him that seek to remove him from office because of his conviction for trespassing on US Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner and a prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist who was part of the Capitol insurrection mob, returned to national attention earlier this month by refusing to certify the results of recent primary elections in his county, citing baseless claims of election irregularities, which triggered a standoff with state election authorities. The liberal-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also known as CREW, says Griffin should be removed from office and banned from running again because of the US Constitution's "disqualification clause," which says any officeholder who later supports an insurrection is no longer eligible to serve. Like-minded activist groups have relied on this same provision to pursue unsuccessful challenges against other Republican officials, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. The group initiated the...
    Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference, where they announced that Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Yuri Gripas | Getty Images Federal agents on Wednesday visited the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who as a top Department of Justice official was part of a plan by then-President Donald Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 election The unusual visit came a day before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was set to hear, among other things, about Clark's role in Trump's campaign to pressure DOJ officials toss out President Joe Biden's win. ABC News, which cited multiple sources with knowledge of what that outlet called a search at Clark's home in Lorton, also reported that a neighbor of his saw FBI agents entering and exiting that residence early Wednesday.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage:...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official who is a central figure in a New Mexico county’s refusal to certify recent election results based on debunked conspiracy theories about voting machines avoided more jail time on Friday for joining the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. Couy Griffin, who founded the political group Cowboys for Trump, was sentenced to 14 days behind bars, which he has already served. The punishment for Griffin’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot that delayed the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory and sent lawmakers running for their lives comes the same day Griffin’s Republican-dominated county commission faces a deadline to certify its election results. Griffin entered a restricted area outside the Capitol but didn’t go into the building itself. Prosecutors had sought an additional 70 days in jail for Griffin, who already spent 20 days in jail before being released pending his trial. His lawyers asked for only two months of probation. During the riot, he shouted his unsubstantiated belief that the election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump, climbed a toppled...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Mexico official who is refusing to certify recent election results avoids more jail time in Capitol riot. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)The elections administrator in Harris County, Texas, announced Tuesday that she had submitted her resignation, amid a mail-in ballot counting discrepancy in election night results. Isabel Longoria, who since 2020 has overseen elections in Harris County, which includes Houston, said her resignation would be effective July 1.Longoria's resignation comes amid backlash over issues with the March 1 primary in her county, Texas' most populous, which included damaged ballots that delayed the reporting of results and a vote discrepancy that has left thousands of ballots out of the unofficial primary results. Isabel LongoriaBefore Longoria announced her departure, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who supported the creation of the elections administrator role and had praised Longoria as the best person for the role in October 2020, had alluded to a possible replacement earlier on Tuesday, saying she had "spoken with administrator Longoria and I've expressed my desire for a change in leadership." Hidalgo said that she, along with the Elections Commission, the county clerk and the district clerk, would find new leadership "only after a thorough search." Read MoreThe Harris County elections...
    Donald Trump was the first president in United States history who lost his bid for reelection only to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him because of widespread voter fraud, and many Republicans in Congress have been willing to go along with the Big Lie. CNN's John Berman called out two of them, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, during an October 11 broadcast of the morning show "New Day." Berman, who hosts "New Day" with his CNN colleague Brianna Keilar, told viewers, "(Trump's) rewritten history is now practically the official dogma of his party — and his lies, the accepted reality of his party." To illustrate his point, Berman showed interviews with Scalise and Grassley — who appeared with Trump at a MAGA rally in Iowa on Saturday, October 9. The following day, Scalise was interviewed by Fox News' Chris Wallace. Wallace, one of the few people at Fox News who asks MAGA Republicans tough questions, bluntly asked Scalise, "So, you think the election was stolen?" — and Scalise jumped through...
    A Republican official in charge of supervising Maricopa County, Ariz., submitted his resignation following the release of a recording that featured him criticizing members of his political party for pushing back against efforts to review the 2020 election results. The recording features the voice of Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri (R) a third-term official who represents the eastern portion of the county, according to the Associated Press. The Republican official "suggested two fellow Republican county supervisors opposed the review by Senate Republicans because they nearly lost their own 2020 races." In his statement of apology, Chucri also announced his resignation. "The comments I made were during a very turbulent time," he wrote. "My colleagues have every right to be both angry and disappointed with me. I should not have made such statements and offer my colleagues heartfelt apologies." Maricopa County Supervisor resigns www.youtube.com He acknowledged that the remarks should not have been made as he insisted "the political landscape has changed for the worst this year." "The environment is wrought with toxicity — and all civility...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was pressured by President Trump to change the election results in his state in the 2020 presidential election, is now defending the state's new, stricter voting law against a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department.  Raffensperger told CBSN's Tanya Rivero on Tuesday that he see "absolutely no merit" in the lawsuit and insisted there is "record voter turnout" in the state. Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged in a lawsuit filed last week that Georgia's election law was enacted "with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act." Georgia was one of five states Mr. Biden flipped from President Trump in 2016, but Mr. Biden's slim 0.3% victory led to a hand recount of the results. Raffensperger himself certified the results on November 20, 2020 after a hand recount.  The Trump campaign sued Georgia's election officials, and then, days ahead of the state's crucial Senate runoffs  — where both Democrats prevailed  —...
    Bogota, Colombia (CNN)The first official results from Peru's presidential elections gave a small lead to right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, but the election was too close to call as of early Monday.Peruvian electoral authority ONPE said so far it had counted 42% of the vote. Of those, Fujimori was the preferred candidate for 52.9% of voters, while left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo was the preferred option for 47.1%.Turnout was 77%."These results are the first official data from the polling stations that sit closest to the counting centers, that means urban votes. An important share of votes from rural areas and abroad is still waiting to be counted," said Pedro Corvetto, head of ONPE.Corvetto urged fellow Peruvians to wait for official results to come in from the provinces.A Peruvian nun living in Chile cast her vote.Read MoreThe results are in line with previous pre-vote polls that showed a stronger share of vote intentions among urban voters for Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Meanwhile Castillo, a high school teacher who has never held public office, maintained a stronger appeal among rural...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s Republican Party voted to censure the secretary of state, accusing her of violating her oath of office by failing to fully investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election that the party presented to her. Barbara Cegavske, the only Republican statewide office holder in Nevada, said members of her party are disappointed with the election results and believe fraud occurred “despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief.” Cegavske, who has overseen elections in the state since 2014, has repeatedly defended the results as reliable and accurate despite attacks from President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Nevada is among the states where former Trump sought to subvert results from the November 2020 election with lawsuits and conspiracy theories. President Joe Biden defeated Trump in the Western swing state by 2 percentage points, or nearly 34,000 votes. “Regrettably, members of my own political party have decided to censure me simply because they are disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election. While I have been loyal to the Nevada Republican Party during...
    Washington (CNN)A prosecutor in Fulton County, Georgia, has opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump for his "attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia general election." In a letter sent Wednesday to numerous Georgia state election officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested that they preserve documents related to Trump's phone call last month in which he pushed Raffensperger to "find" votes to reverse his election loss. The investigation comes as Raffensperger's office has launched its own probe into Trump's attempts to overturn the election, an inquiry that includes a review of both that call and another phone call the then-President made to a Georgia election official.Willis said her "investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia election law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office, and any involvement in violence of threats related to the election's administration." "This matter is of high priority, and I am confident that...
    (CNN)The Justice Department's internal watchdog will investigate whether any department official sought to have the department overturn President Joe Biden's election win. New York Times: Trump and DOJ attorney had plan to replace his acting AG and undo Georgia election resultThe office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz is launching "an investigation into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election," it announced Monday.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A judge ruled on Monday that Ugandan security forces cannot detain presidential challenger Bobi Wine inside his home, rebuking authorities for holding the candidate under house arrest following a disputed election. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been unable to leave his home since Jan. 14, when Ugandans voted in an election in which the singer-turned-politician was the main challenger to President Yoweri Museveni. Ugandan authorities have said Wine can only leave his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, under military escort because they fear his presence in public could incite rioting. But the judge said in his ruling that Wine’s home is not a proper detention facility and noted that authorities should criminally charge him if he threatens public order. Wine’s associates welcomed the courtroom victory, but it remains to be seen if authorities will respect the judge’s order in this East African country where similar orders have been ignored in many cases. Museveni won the election with 58% of the vote while Wine had 34%, according to...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Official results show center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal’s presidential election by a clear margin. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Former Trump National Security Council member Fiona Hill on Monday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE’s “actions have put us on the brink of civil war” after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week.  Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a “sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.” “Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,” she said “He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.” The former Trump official said Trump’s efforts to stay in power during...
    The White House sicced a senior Justice Department official on Atlanta’s top U.S. Attorney on Jan. 3, causing his resignation, as part of a pressure campaign to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a late-night phone call, the DOJ official told Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak that President Trump was furious Atlanta’s feds weren’t investigating election fraud, the report said. The DOJ official told Pak that Trump wanted to fire him, prompting the top prosecutor to resign instead the next day, one day before Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election, the report said. Pak had cited “unforeseen circumstances” in stepping down. The pressure campaign against Pak was part of the president’s weekslong attempt to alter his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden, the Journal said. The paper also reported that as election officials in Georgia verified signatures on absentee ballots last month, the White House pressured the lead investigator to “find the fraud, telling him it would make him “a national hero.” The day before the call to Pak,...
    More On: justice department Proud Boy leader seen smoking in Capitol during siege arrested Justice Department announces arrests of high-profile Capitol rioters Justice Department to probe shooting of Air Force vet in Capitol siege Feds suggest Trump won’t be prosecuted for alleged incitement of Capitol riots The White House sicced a senior Justice Department official on Atlanta’s top U.S. Attorney on Jan. 3, causing his resignation, as part of a pressure campaign to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a late-night phone call, the DOJ official told Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak that President Trump was furious Atlanta’s feds weren’t investigating election fraud, the report said. The DOJ official told Pak that Trump wanted to fire him, prompting the top prosecutor to resign instead the next day, one day before Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election, the report said. Pak had cited “unforeseen circumstances” in stepping down. The pressure campaign against Pak was part of the president’s weekslong attempt to alter his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden, the...
    Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling, who has pushed back against President Trump’s claims of voter fraud in public and on a recorded phone call that was later leaked, announced Tuesday that he is voting for Republicans Sen. Kelly Loeffler and former Sen. David Perdue. Sterling, a Republican and the voting system implementation manager in the Peach State, is making the same picks as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, despite Loeffler and Perdue calling for Raffensperger to be fired. Trump has endorsed both GOP candidates and campaigned for them in Dalton, Ga., on Monday night. LIVE UPDATES: POLLS OPEN IN GEORGIA "As much as this may disappoint some, please join me in voting for Senators Perdue and Loeffler," Sterling tweeted minutes before polls opened on Election Day. "A divided government will serve Americans best right now." The fate of the Republican majority in the Senate rests on the results in Georgia, where Loeffler is running against Raphael Warnock, and Perdue is taking on Jon Ossoff. If Warnock and Ossoff prevail, Democrats would effectively control all three branches of government in...
    Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents of the nation's capital on Sunday to stay out of the downtown area where a pro-Trump rally to protest the election results is scheduled for Wednesday.  The Democratic mayor advised residents not to engage with demonstrators "who come to our city seeking confrontation, and we will do what we must to ensure all who attend remain peaceful."  Bowser reminded the public and anyone attending the rally that firearms are prohibited "within 1,000 feet of any First Amendment activity."  The mayor's statement comes as police have been posting signs near where the rally is set to take place, notifying the public that all firearms will be prohibited. Police said the prohibition on carrying weapons at the rally includes D.C. residents who have a concealed carry permit. Photos of the notices were posted on Twitter by FOX 5 DC reporter Jesse Burkett-Hall. The rally coincides on the same day that lawmakers will meet for a joint session to certify the Electoral College results, the last step in cementing Joe Biden’s presidential victory. President Trump last month promised...
    TEXAS Republican official Terry Harper is facing backlash for suggesting Utah Sen Mitt Romney be "introduced to Mr Guillotine." Harper later tried to clarify that he didn't want harm to come to Romney, he just wanted him to be voted out do to his criticism of Donald Trump and his supporters. 5Mitt Romney has criticized Republicans who say they are planning to contest the results of the 2020 electionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Terry Harper suggested that Romney be 'introduced' to a guillotineCredit: Facebook 5A guillotine is a device that was used to behead peopleCredit: Facebook Harper's initial post was in response to Romney's criticism of Republican lawmakers, such as Texas Sen Ted Cruz, who are saying they will attempt to deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Romney said the group of 12 lawmakers who plan to challenge the results of the election will "dangerously threaten our Democratic Republic." Romney - a regular Trump-critic - released a statement last week, noting that, "The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump is in a "really good position" for his showdown in Congress this week, according to the former Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell. The congressional meeting on January 6,the final step in confirming President-elect Joe Biden's win, is where the electoral votes of each state will be officially counted. 6Ric Grenell was appointed by the Trump administration as Director of National Intelligence Credit: EPA 6Trump is said to be in a "really good position" for the congressional meeting Credit: AFP or licensors Ahead of the showdown on Wednesday, congressional Republicans have allied with President Trump as he attempts to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. Grenell, Acting Director of National Intelligence for the Trump administration, said "everybody knows this election was full of fraud." He told Newsmax: "The Democrats have moved from there’s not any fraud, to there’s not widespread (fraud), and now their new mantra is there is ‘not enough fraud to overturn’ the election.” A group of 11 pro-Trump Republican Senators will object to Joe Biden's win and demand an investigation into the allegedly...
    President Trump insisted that he won the state of Georgia in the 2020 presidential race during a phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend, reportedly urging him to "find" enough votes to reverse the state’s results. The Washington Post reported on the conversation, and obtained audio of the phone call, which they published in full online Sunday. During the call, the president reportedly says: "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state." Georgia certified election results show that Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden won the state’s Nov. 3 election by 11,779 votes. The president confirmed Sunday morning that he had spoken with Raffensperger on Saturday about "voter fraud in Georgia." "He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more," Trump tweeted. "He has no clue!" Raffensperger replied Sunday morning stating: "Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out." In...
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state, according to audio of a Saturday phone call obtained by the Washington Post, in Trump's latest effort to push unfounded claims of voter fraud. The Washington Post, which published excerpts on Sunday of the hour-long call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, said Trump alternately flattered, begged and threatened Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an attempt to undo his loss in Georgia to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. The newspaper said that throughout the call Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions and told the president that he was relying on debunked conspiracy theories about what was a fair and accurate election. The audio excerpts published by the Post confirmed that. "The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," Trump said, according to an excerpt of the recording published online by the Post. "And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated."...
    President Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his electoral loss in the state, according to audio of a phone call between the two released by The Washington Post on Sunday. “There’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” the president told the state’s top elections official. Raffensperger, who along with fellow Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has remained steadfast in refusing to overturn the election results, told the President on the call that there was no evidence of voter fraud or election interference. At one point, when the president falsely asserted that votes were scanned thrice, Raffensperger responded, ““Mr. President, they did not. We did an audit of that and we proved conclusively that they were not scanned three times.” Trump lost Georgia and its 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden by 11,779 votes. Though Republican members of Congress have said they will object to the Electoral College certification on Jan. 6—even though allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election have been repeatedly rebuked in court—it is...
    More On: michigan Man fatally stabs stepdad after being told to stop playing video games Man wins lawsuit against parents who tossed $25K ‘trove of porn’ Federal indictment unsealed in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer Man convicted in murder freed after nearly 40 years when witness recants A New Hampshire woman is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening a Michigan election official, including sending her graphic photos of a mutilated, bloody corpse, authorities said Wednesday. Katelyn Jones, 23, of Epping, is accused of firing off menacing text messages to Republican Wayne County Board of Canvassers chairwoman Monica Palmer on Nov. 18 — because the official refused to certify results of the US presidential election in favor of Joe Biden, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI. In one disturbing message, Jones allegedly sent the image of a “bloody, deceased, nude, mutilated woman” followed by one of Palmer’s daughter, the FBI said in a court filing.  “F—king with our elections is TERRORISM, and us Americans clearly don’t tolerate terrorist so yes you should be afraid, your daughter should be...
    Monica Palmer The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday announced that a New Hampshire woman was charged with sending threatening communications to the chair of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers after the Detroit-area Republican election official refused to certify the 2020 election results last month. According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 18, Katelyn Jones, 23, sent Board Chair Monica Palmer several profanity-laden text messages from a 269-area code phone number referring to Palmer as a “terrorist” and implying that she and her family, including her daughter, were in grave danger. The DOJ did not name Palmer in the news release, but it’s clear the alleged threats were made against her. One of the texts was addressed to “Monica” and, in any event, Palmer is the chairperson of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. “Fucking with our elections is TERRORISM, and us Americans clearly don’t tolerate terrorists so yes you should be afraid, your daughter should be afraid and so should [your husband],” one of the messages read. “You have made a grave mistake Monica...
    A New Hampshire woman faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted for threats made against the GOP chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers after the commissioner in question voted against certifying the 2020 election results. Federal prosecutors for the Justice Department's Eastern District of Michigan said in a statement that 23-year-old Katelyn Jones, a former resident of the state, had "knowingly and willfully transmitted communications containing threats to injure" Monica Palmer, who chairs the Wayne County elections board. Palmer and another GOP member of the Wayne County commission initially voted against certifying the election results, and questioned the accuracy of the voting results in Michigan's largest county, which includes the city of Detroit. The two members reversed their decision and joined a unanimous vote to certify the results after an audit of the vote tally was agreed upon. Republicans and supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia Senate candidate Ossoff backs Trump's call for K checks White House wishes Birx well after she announces retirement Pelosi responds to Trump: Let's push for K checks 'this week' MORE have pressured GOP lawmakers around the...
    A Republican official in Georgia urged President Trump on Monday to respect the results of the Electoral College and concede if he did not obtain the required votes. Later in the day, the Electoral College affirmed President-elect Biden's win.  "Our Founding Fathers put the electoral system in place for a reason. The Electoral College votes and they are the ones who decide who the president of the United States will be," Cobb County Republican Party chairman Jason Shepherd told Elaine Quijano, anchor of "Red & Blue" on CBSN. "At the end of the day it's those electors who will make the decision. If they chose Joe Biden, then Joe Biden is the president, and at that point, it's time for Donald Trump to concede this election," he said.  Mr. Trump has claimed without evidence that there was massive fraud in the November election and has refused to concede. The president and his allies have been unsuccessful in challenging Mr. Biden's victory in the courts.  Trump voters were split in a new CBS News/YouGov poll about whether Trump should concede...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With just one day away from the Electoral College meeting to make President-elect Joe Biden’s win official, 538 electors are set to meet at state houses across the country cast their votes. This will start the process of giving President-elect Joe Biden the victory in this election. It is projected he will beat the incumbent President Donald Trump. Here in Pennsylvania, 20 electors will cast their ballots. The number of votes per state equals the number of seats they have in Congress — two senators plus the amount of representatives. Then, those ballots will be sent to Congress, where they will be read into official record by the Vice President during a joint session on January 6. It is projected Joe Biden will receive 306 votes, including Pennsylvania’s 20 votes. President Trump is expected to receive 232 votes. The magic number to win the election is 270 votes. In some states, electors will be escorted by police for their protection with possible protests in some areas. In Pennsylvania, the vote will be live-streamed.
    Gabriel Sterling, a top election official in Georgia, on Tuesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump personally asked Pa. GOP House Speaker for help changing election results: report Warren signals concerns about bipartisan coronavirus framework Pompeos spent over K in taxpayer funds for State Dept dinners MORE for continuing to “feed the fire” of voter fraud disinformation and urged him to “act more responsibly.”  In an interview with The Hill, Sterling, the Republican who made headlines last week for calling on Trump to condemn threats against election workers, predicted that Trump’s attacks on Georgia officials and the electoral process would hurt the Republican Party in the upcoming Senate runoffs.  And he lamented the president’s call for Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTrump floats a Doug Collins run against Kemp for Georgia governor Defiant Trump insists election was 'rigged' at rally for Georgia Senate Republicans Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs MORE (R-Ga.) to mount a primary challenge against Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump personally asked Pa. GOP House Speaker for help changing election results: report Georgia Senate battle...
    (CNN)Chris Krebs, the former top administration official for cybersecurity, whom President Donald Trump fired after the election, is suing the Trump campaign and a lawyer working with the campaign to overturn the results of the election, accusing them of defamation. Krebs was fired after he said the election was the most secure in American history. Yet the Trump campaign has continued to push unfounded conspiracies of vote fraud and to seek court orders that would block President-elect Joe Biden's win in key states. Every one of the efforts in court or with state officials since Election Day to overturn the results of the election have failed. Last week, Trump campaign lawyer Joseph diGenova said on Newsmax TV that Krebs should be "drawn and quartered" and "taken out at dawn and shot." "DiGenova was fully aware that Plaintiff had committed no criminal conduct of any sort, let alone treason, so as to call for him to be 'drawn and quartered,' " Krebs' lawsuit said. "DiGenova knew that his inflammatory statements would cause a media frenzy and an outpouring of animosity" and...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold certified the state’s election results on Tuesday. Colorado had the second-highest turnout rate in the nation for the November election. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (credit: CBS) “Over 3.2 million Coloradans made their voices heard, setting the highest record number of voters participating in any election held in state history,” said Griswold. Griswold also talked about the challenges the county clerks faces across the state, that included complications with coronavirus and wildfires. One county clerk’s office even had to be evacuated because of wildfires. (credit: CBS) “Young people turned out in this election at 36.7%. That’s more than 3 out of every 4 young voters, making their voices heard. Ninety-four percent of all ballots were cast using a mail ballot; 86% of ballots were returned during early voting, before Election Day. And 12,260 people took advantage of same-day registration here in Colorado,” said Griswold. The certification makes the results of the election official and final. It was conducted after each county’s bipartisan canvass boards submitted their official abstract of votes to...
    Trump, meanwhile, continues to incite violence elsewhere in the country over the results of the Nov. 3 election. A group of around 30 Donald Trump supporters, some reportedly armed, gathered outside Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's home Saturday night to scream into megaphones and protest the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. According to Benson, she and her 4-year-old son were just sitting down to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" when the protesters showed up. In a statement issued by her office, Benson said the protesters, whom she described as "dozens of armed individuals," were "shouting obscenities" and "chanting into bullhorns" as she and her son finished decorating and prepared to enjoy their holiday movie.
    By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Errors in processing certain ballots could have caused President Donald Trump to lose 103 votes in metro Phoenix, an elections official estimated in court Thursday in a GOP lawsuit that seeks to undo Democrat President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward is challenging ballots in Maricopa County that were duplicated because voters’ earlier ballots were damaged or could be run through tabulators. A court-ordered sampling of 1,626 duplicated ballots found that Trump lost seven votes due to errors in ballot processing in Maricopa County. Scott Jarrett, Maricopa County’s director of Election Day and emergency voting, said Trump could have lost 103 votes if the error rate were extrapolated across all 27,800 duplicated ballots in the county. Poll observers called to testify by Ward’s attorney said they saw errors made in the duplication of ballots and said that the software used in processing such electronic ballots was inaccurate and would “prefill” Biden’s name on ballots. Attorneys who sought the dismissal of the lawsuit...
    On Tuesday, Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft claimed an official close to Donald Trump suggested the battle against the election results are not over. “We spoke with a top Trump associate tonight,” Hoft tweeted. “This is what we were told… repeatedly… ‘Trump is going to win.’ It’s going to be a good couple of weeks ahead.” The comment came just one day before a Pennsylvania state court blocked further certification of the election results in the state. As reported by Fox News, the ruling came from Judge Patricia McCullough in response to allegations that a state law pertaining to absentee voting runs contrary to the Pennsylvania constitution. According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the ruling does not have a significant impact on the election as the state’s electors have already been appointed. Shapiro also claimed that his team would be filing an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Hoft and his publication have continued to spotlight instances of alleged voter fraud and support Trump’s narrative that the election was stolen from him. On Thursday, the writer used a Gateway...
    ATLANTA (AP) — County election workers across Georgia on Tuesday began a machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state, just days after completing a hand tally that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's lead. The recount was requested by President Donald Trump after certified results showed him losing the state to Democrat Joe Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25%. Under state law, the losing candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. Trump's campaign on Saturday formally requested the recount. Counties were allowed to begin the machine recount at 9 a.m. Tuesday and they have until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 2 to wrap it up. Some counties only planned to get as far as testing the equipment Tuesday, with the actual counting to begin Wednesday. With interruptions for the Thanksgiving holiday expected, the secretary of state’s office instructed counties to publicly post when they would be testing so political party monitors and interested members of the public can make plans to observe. Last Thursday, election officials announced the results...
    Pennsylvania and Nevada certified their election results Tuesday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win in the two battleground states official and rebuffing ongoing efforts by President Donald Trump to challenge the results of the election. Trump has launched a bevy of legal challenges in several states, including Pennsylvania and Nevada, to change the outcome of the race and stop states from certifying their results, but claims by the president and his supporters of widespread fraud and other irregularities have either been withdrawn or dismissed by judges who have found no evidence to support them. [ READ: GSA Informs President-Elect Joe Biden That Transition Can Begin ]Pennsylvania and Nevada both proved crucial wins for Biden. Major media outlets called Pennsylvania for Biden on the Saturday after Election Day, pushing him over the key threshold of 270 protected electoral votes and leading outlets to declare him the winner of the election. Trump lent particular focus to challenging the results in Pennsylvania but has not been successful. A federal judge on Saturday tossed out a lawsuit from the Trump campaign challenging ballots there, writing...
    Nearly 400 absentee ballots from Milwaukee, Wis. were not opened by Election Day, a recount paid for by President Trump's team found. The mistake was due to human error, the city’s election officials announced. President-elect Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,600 votes. Trump had paid for a recount in just Milwaukee and Dane counties, the counties with the most votes for Biden. The campaign paid $3 million dollars for the partial recount, as mandated by state law, hoping to discover and reject ballots with missing addresses allegedly filled by election officials. WISCONSIN OFFICIALS: TRUMP OBSERVERS OBSTRUCTING RECOUNT  The city’s top elections official, Claire Woodall-Vogg, said that the 386 votes would now be added to the final tally, as Wisconsin has not yet certified its election results. “If there’s one positive to come out of the recount it’s that indeed that every vote is being counted, including these 386,” Woodall-Vogg said. The unopened ballots were found beneath a pile of ballots that had been counted, she said.  The county board of canvassers voted unanimously to include the ballots as part of the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — County election workers across Georgia on Tuesday began a machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state, just days after completing a hand tally that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s lead. The recount was requested by President Donald Trump after certified results showed him losing the state to Democrat Joe Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25%. Under state law, the losing candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. Trump’s campaign on Saturday formally requested the recount. Counties were allowed to begin the machine recount at 9 a.m. Tuesday and they have until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 2 to wrap it up. Some counties only planned to get as far as testing the equipment Tuesday, with the actual counting to begin Wednesday. With interruptions for the Thanksgiving holiday expected, the secretary of state’s office instructed counties to publicly post when they would be testing so political party monitors and interested members of the public can make plans to observe. Last Thursday, election officials announced...
    PENNSYLVANIA has certified its election results – cementing Joe Biden's win against Donald Trump in the battleground state. Biden beat Trump in the Keystone State by more than 80,000 votes, officials confirmed on Tuesday. 4Joe Biden was declared the winner of Pennsylvania's presidential vote Again, I want to thank the election officials who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and countrys history.Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 24, 2020 As he announced the certification, Governor Tom Wolf thanked election officials "who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country's history." "Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably," he tweeted. Biden was projected to win the presidential race on November 7 with the win in Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes. The state's election results show Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with 3.46million votes. Trump and Vice President...
    ATLANTA -- Georgia's top elections official said Friday that he will certify that Joe Biden won the state's presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat's lead over Republican President Donald Trump.His office then stumbled on the final step, prematurely announcing that the certification was complete while only unofficial results remained on the public website. Forty minutes after the big news, the secretary of state's office corrected its news release and said the results would be released later."Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don't lie," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. "As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by tok he secretary of state's office or of courts or of either campaign."*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of...
    ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the results of the general election Friday, making it official that President-elect Joe Biden won the state's 16 electoral votes."Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by that numbers don't lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct," Raffensperger said during a news conference. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state's office or our courts, or of either campaign."It was the secretary's first time appearing before cameras at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta since Veterans Day, when he announced the state would conduct a full by hand recount of votes in the presidential race. The results of the audit were finalized and released Thursday evening.*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.Raffensperger had been quarantining because his wife,...
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