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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki criticized Republican lawmakers for perceived "inaction" on the "big lie" that the 2020 election was rigged in President Joe Biden's favor. Psaki's comments, which came at Tuesday's White House press briefing, come just two days before Biden will deliver remarks on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot. "We have conveyed our concern in the past about the fact that many Republican members of Congress have stood by the 'big lie' since then," she said in response to a question about the Jan. 6 select committee's investigation into the riot's origins. "They were outraged at the time, many of them, about the events that happened on Jan. 6. Who could not be who was watching then? Psaki claimed that in the following months, those Republicans "have done nothing to help support the work of the committee, to help argue against the big lie, and, you know, that sort of lack of action, inaction, silence is something that is irresponsible as well." Earlier in the briefing, Psaki claimed that "Trump's role in subverting our...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned attempts to discredit Iraq’s election and deplored the use of violence to settle election-related grievances. The U.N.’s most powerful body congratulated the Iraqi government and the Independent High Electoral Commission for conducting “a technically well-managed and generally peaceful election” on Oct. 10. It welcomed the findings of the commission and the U.N. political mission in Iraq that partial manual recounts of votes in polling stations matched the reported electronic results. In the press statement approved by all 15 members, the Security Council reiterated its condemnation of the Nov. 7 assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and “the persistent threats of violence” against the U.N. mission, the electoral commission and others. Al-Kadhimi was lightly injured and seven of his security guards were wounded in the attack on his Baghdad home using at least two armed drones. There was no claim of responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Iran-backed militias that were the biggest losers in last month’s parliamentary elections. Supporters of the militias have protested to...
    CNN’s Jim Acosta praised the “peaceful transfer of power” that occurred after Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and called on Republicans to stop promoting “hysteria” over stolen elections. “Did you notice the peaceful transfer of power at the Capitol this past week?” said Acosta to begin the segment. “No, not in Washington, I’m talking about the capitol 109 miles away in Richmond, Virginia.” Acosta played a clip of Youngkin meeting with the state’s current governor, Democrat Ralph Northam, with Youngkin praising Northam’s “willingness to be so helpful as we head towards this next stage in Virginia’s future.” “Now that’s how it should be done,” Acosta said approvingly. However, he continued, it does “make you wonder” what would have happened if Youngkin had lost, mentioning how former President Donald Trump told his supporters the day before the election that “they must get out and vote because of the, quote, margin of fraud in Virginia,” and similar comments by Steve Bannon, who claimed Democrats were trying to steal the election. Fox News, said Acosta, had...
    A top elections law expert has issued a strong warning that the 2024 presidential election may not be conducted fairly, and wants "millions" of Americans to take to the streets "for peaceful protests." Rick Hasen, a Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, in a 32-page draft paper, writes that because of many election workers and office holders, the 2020 election – despite Donald Trump's efforts – was carried out fairly, but America is facing a serious challenge and democracy could be the loser in 2024. He writes, "the ultimate safeguard of American democracy during this period of democratic instability may be millions of people taking to the streets for peaceful protests to demand fair vote counting and adherence to the rule of law. In 2020, it was enough to avoid election subversion that some heroes stepped up to assure that elections ran smoothly, votes fairly counted, and a peaceful transition of power took place. Next time, a few heroes in the right places may be inadequate. I fear that only concerted,...
    Rachel Maddow worried that Donald Trump’s fight against his 2020 election defeat sets a troubling precedent for the future of American politics. Maddow delivered her commentary during MSNBC’s coverage of the Inuguration President-Elect Joe Biden early Wednesday. The primetime host and her MSNBC colleagues discussed the ways in which Trump breaking tradition since he left Washington instead of staying to partake in the peaceful transfer of power to his successor. And as Maddow noticed the arrival of former First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama, she remarked that Vice President Mike Pence and former President George W. Bush were attending the ceremony. This led to her observation that, as Republicans, Pence and Bush would essentially fill the void left Trump behind, which also comes after his supporters attempted to overthrow the election by storming the Capitol. “We will see them act out the peaceful transfer of power that Donald Trump was not able to deliver,” Maddow said. “This is not a peaceful transfer of power this year. It was violence as the president directed his supporters to try to use force...
    Donald Trump released a video on Thursday saying he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power and condemning his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent attack just the day before. But Trump reportedly came to regret putting out the message and said privately that he would not heed bipartisan calls to resign. The New York Times (via Business Insider) reported that Trump had a more defiant tone after releasing the message, saying that he planned to stay in office and had plans to remain a powerful force in American politics. In the message, he acknowledged that Joe Biden would be sworn in as president, but did not acknowledge the legitimacy of his victory after months of claiming it was won through fraud. “In the video Trump reportedly now regrets, he did not repeat the unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud that he has spread since losing the election,” the report noted. Trump has faced significant fallout, with even many allies condemning his role in the attack on the Capitol. Just before the siege took place,...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has issued a statement declaring that he will concede power to President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. Despite his bit to concede peacefully, he has called the election “fraudulent” without substantial evidence and has claimed that Biden “stole” votes from him.  ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 9President Trump will concede to Joe BidenCredit: AFP or licensors Will Donald Trump concede to Joe Biden? A statement was released from the White House in which the president pledged an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden. Trump has been temporarily banned from Twitter in the wake of the riot so the President was forced to issue a statement via his social media director Dan Scavino. “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” it read. 9Trump claims Biden and supporters rigged the election in his favorCredit: AP:Associated Press “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal...
    US President Donald Trump is seen on TV from a video message released on Twitter, seen in an empty Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC on January 6, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump is now promising an "orderly transition" of power, tweeting through a surrogate early Thursday minutes after Congress formally confirmed the election of Joe Biden as president following an hourslong takeover of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. A statement from the president on Twitter via deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino repeated baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, but included the reversal. "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!" The statement followed dramatic...
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, early Thursday condemned the violence inside the Capitol building and said there would be a "peaceful and orderly transition of power." "The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. The Department of Justice should vigorously prosecute everyone who was involved in these brazen acts of violence," Cruz said in a statement as Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.  Cruz had called for a 10-day audit on the election results over allegations of fraud and he was one of a handful of senators who objected to the results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. The Texan defended his decision to call for an election commission to investigate the result because "It was the right thing to do." BIDEN'S ELECTORAL COLLEGE VICTORY CERTIFIED -- HOURS AFTER CAPITOL CHAOS  "Millions of Americans who have peacefully expressed their deep concerns regarding election integrity deserve to have their voices heard," he continued. "I very much wish Congress had not set aside these concerns, but I respect the position each of my...
    Sean Hannity strongly condemned Wednesday's violence on Capitol Hill, calling for those responsible to be "arrested and prosecuted." "Let me ... be crystal clear: Those who support President Trump and believe they are part of the conservative movement in this country, we do not support those who commit acts of violence," the "Hannity" host said. "We don't believe people should be vandalizing our nation's Capitol and attacking the brave men and women who keep us safe in law enforcement. We don't place pipe bombs at the RNC. All of today's perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted." Hannity noted that before Twitter suspended President Trump's account, he tweeted a video message urging his supporters to disperse and "go home in peace." VideoAccording to the host, Wednesday's events shouldn't overshadow the fact that the 2020 presidential election was a "trainwreck." Hannity noted that "83% of Republicans and millions of others don't have faith in the election results.  "You can't just snap your finger and hope that goes away. These are real Americans," he said. "Tens of millions of them. The only way we can create a more perfect and peaceful union is through peaceful, lawful action. Violence is never acceptable." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Hannity...
    (CNN)Former military officials who served under President Donald Trump are condemning the President and other leaders who have interfered with a peaceful transfer of power following Wednesday's breach of the US Capitol, when rioters attempted to stymy the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will affirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.Trump's first secretary of defense, James Mattis, charged that Wednesday's "violent assault on our Capitol, an effort to subjugate American democracy by mob rule, was fomented by Mr. Trump," while Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN that he believes "our leaders who have continued to undermine a peaceful transition in accordance with our Constitution have set the conditions for today's violence."The military leaders issued their condemnation after rioters, incited by Trump, violently breached the US Capitol as lawmakers tallied Electoral College votes, forcing evacuation of the House and Senate and delaying the certification process.Mattis, notably, did not address Trump as president in his statement, while asserting that "his use of the presidency to destroy trust in our election and to poison...
    CHAOS has ensued at the US Capitol after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building, broke windows, and shoved federal officers in Washington DC. After hosting a rally outside the White House prior to the mayhem, Trump is nowhere to be found but he found time to comment on Twitter about the havoc that took place. Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news as the US Capitol building is put into lockdown 6Trump supporters have broken into the US Capitol building in an effort to intimidate Congress members as they vote to certify the Electoral College resultsCredit: Reuters What has Trump said about the protests at the US Capitol? President Trump has been bunkering in the White House as his supporters break into the US Capitol in an effort to intimidate Congress members to certify him as the winner of the 2020 election. Trump pleaded with his supporters to "stay peaceful" and "go home" hours after they stormed the federal building. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of...
    The Carter Center, the nonprofit founded by former President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterGeorge W. Bush to attend Biden inauguration Carters will not attend Biden inauguration Feehery: The great schism MORE and his wife Rosalynn, on Wednesday called on the rioters that stormed the U.S. Capitol to disperse and “support a peaceful transition.” “While The Carter Center supports Americans’ right to protest peacefully, it strongly condemns threats or violence of any sort,” the Carter Center said in a statement. “We call on the mob inside the Capitol building to disband immediately and on all protestors to respect the 6 p.m. curfew. As many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have said, the democratic process of certifying the election results must be allowed to continue.” “As we have done throughout our history, it is now time to support a peaceful transition and work together toward a prosperous and shared future,” the statement concluded. CARTER CENTER STATEMENT: Carter Center Urges Americans to Support Peaceful Transition See statement below. pic.twitter.com/KCcE5a7xyI— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) January 6, 2021 The mob of pro-Trump...
    DONALD Trump's message for supporters to stop demonstrating outside the US Capitol has been placed under restrictions by Twitter. The social media site has blocked any replies or shares by new flag - with the message coming as chaos ensues outside the Capitol building. Followers can still retweet the video with a comment. During the video, the president said: "I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. "It was a landslide election and everyone knows it - especially the other side. "But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have Law and Order. We have to respect our great people in Law and Order." The outgoing president told his fans insisted "we don't want anybody hurt." Before telling his supporters they are "very special" and "we love you," Trump acknowledged this is a "tough" time. He added: "There's never been a period of time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us. "This was a...
    A slew of Republican leaders condemned the rioting that took place on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging those on site not to engage in violence. "Violence and anarchy are unacceptable," conservative Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. "We are a nation of laws. This needs to end now." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., blasted the violence as "so un-American." He told Fox News' Bill Hemmer: "I condemn any of this violence. I could not be more disappointed in the way our country looks at this very moment. People are getting hurt." MCCARTHY CONDEMNS 'UN-AMERICAN' BREACH OF US CAPITOL BY PRO-TRUMP DEMONSTRATORS "Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.  "The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong. And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support." The shocking scenes coming out of the Capitol showed shattered windows, people clashing with police officers, and a bloodied woman leaving the building. At least one person was reported shot. Wednesday's riots came against the backdrop of planned demonstrations of Trump supporters protesting the handling of the...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJZ) — President Donald Trump tweeted a recorded message on Wednesday telling his supporters who rushed the U.S. Capitol building, “it’s time to go home now.” “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said in the minute-long video. “It was a landslide election and everyone knows it especially the other side.” pic.twitter.com/Pm2PKV0Fp3 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021 “But you have to go home now,” the president said. “We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.” Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Chaos erupted on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday following a “Save America” rally. One woman was...
    DONALD Trump is urging his supporters to "be peaceful" and is sending in the National Guard as the Capitol is stormed after the president slammed the "bulls**t election." The president's request comes after he raged against the "bulls**t election" and urged Mike Pence to "do the right thing" as GOP allies prepared to challenge Joe Biden’s win. Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news as the US Capitol building is put into lockdown 28President Trump addresses crowds in Washington DC on WednesdayCredit: Reuters 28Crowds are seen packed together as they wait to listen to President Trump speakCredit: AP:Associated Press 28People claiming to be members of the far-right Proud Boys are seen marching near the White House ahead of Trump's speechCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump wrote to Twitter at 3.13pm EST: "I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! "Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!" White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also urged Americans to stay...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is encouraging supporters occupying the U.S. Capitol to “remain peaceful,” but he is not calling for them to disperse. As he faced growing pressure from allies to condemn the violence Wednesday afternoon, Trump tweeted, “No violence!” adding: “Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue.” But Trump did not ask supporters to vacate the area as the unrest continued. Trump had appeared earlier at a rally and had urged his supporters to march to the Capitol — at one point even suggesting he would join them. He is upset that he lost the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden and has falsely claimed voter fraud to explain it away. He also urged his supporters to “get rid of the weak Congress people” — presumably through primary challenges — saying, “get the weak ones get out; this is the...
    Law enforcement drew their firearms and deployed tear gas amid protests at the Capitol building Wednesday during Congress’s certification of the Electoral College results.  Officers were seen with their weapons drawn inside the House chamber, appearing to point them at demonstrators outside the door leading into the historic room. Glass from the door was broken, and law enforcement barricaded the entrance. Senators have been evacuated from the premises among the chaos, and House members have been moved off the floor of the chamber. Lawmakers and reporters in the area have been told to put on gas masks, and some members were overheard by the press pool praying and calling their families to inform them that they are safe. At one point, a protester made it up to the dais in the Senate chamber, shouting “Trump won the election,” according to a reporter on the scene. They’re in the chamber. One is up on the dais yelling “Trump won that election!” This is insane pic.twitter.com/p6CXhBDSFT— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021 The storming of the Capitol comes as scores of...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday urged his supporters to “stay peaceful” after thousands of protesters unhappy with the election result stormed the US Capitol. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” the president tweeted. Congress was rocked by troubling scenes of chaos on Wednesday afternoon as Trump’s supporters overpowered Capitol police and breached the building. Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers who were in session to debate and confirm Joe Biden’s win were evacuated and taken to a secret location. Tens of thousands of supporters of the president descended on Washington for a raucous rally earlier Wednesday where Trump delivered a fiery speech claiming the election had been stolen from him. Filed under 2020 presidential election ,  congress ,  donald trump ,  1/6/21
    President TrumpDonald TrumpWarnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff The Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE urged his supporters to “stay peaceful” while throngs of pro-Trump demonstrators flooded to the U.S. Capitol and breached the complex on Wednesday afternoon. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Trump tweeted. His message came after several lawmakers spoke out about the threats to the Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police locked down the building earlier Wednesday as demonstrators surrounded House and Senate office buildings. House and Senate lawmakers met in a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes showing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE’s win. Protesters forced their way into the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Vice President Pence, who was presiding over the Senate chamber, was...
    President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “stay peaceful” less than two hours after promising to march with them to Capitol Hill to protest President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump tweeted as protesters broke into the Capitol as the Senate was in session, throwing the certification of Biden’s win into chaos even as Vice President Mike Pence said he would not intervene. Trump egged on his supporters throughout his speech, calling alleged dumps of Biden votes on election night “explosions of bullshit.” (RELATED: Rudy Giuliani Says America Needs ‘Trial By Combat’ To Decide Election) Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021 Reports say capitol police were forced to use tear gas on rioters inside the Capitol building and officers drew firearms inside the House chamber. Protesters broke through windows and police barricades to access the Senate chamber, where one protester ascended to the dais and yelled “Trump won.” A protestor has entered the chambers pic.twitter.com/HDHweTqpBJ — The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire)...
    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said Friday on CNN’s “Newsroom” said Republican lawmakers still trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election “are bordering on sedition and treason.” Anchor Jim Sciutto said, “This morning the president is praising the new Senator from Alabama Tommy Tuberville who has said his mind is open to being the one senator necessary for a floor challenge on January 6 when Congress meets to finally approve the Electoral College votes. I want to give you a chance here to speak to your Republican colleagues, who even though the Department of Justice, even though the Supreme Court, even though dozens of justices across the courts have dismissed these allegations of election fraud, to those who are still holding out and holding onto this myth, what do you say to them?” Shaheen said, “Each of us who are serving — Tuberville has been elected but not sworn in — each of us serving as senators took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. One of the most fundamental principles of the Constitution is...
    “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” That Joni Mitchell refrain ricocheted around my head in the wake of Monday’s Electoral College vote confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. U.S. Supreme Court rejects GOP congressman’s last-minute effort to upend Pennsylvania’s election results In what passes for the new normal, swing-state electors had to pass through lines of state troopers protecting them from irate Trump fans. Many state election officials and ordinary election workers have been threatened and required police protection. Meantime, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump was still tweeting about his “landslide victory,” in the wake of violent weekend demonstrations by armed pro-Trump supporters in Washington, D.C., whom he egged on against a “rigged election.” No one believes Trump will acknowledge his defeat or stop feeding lies to his base about massive fraud. Yet the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is the bedrock of American democracy. It is as central to our system as breathing to humans, a basic norm we mostly took for granted before 2020....
    (CNN)We are used to election season being a campaign period, a day of voting, a fairly immediate concession and a subsequent inauguration -- with the majority of citizens having little awareness of the rest of the process. Shannon HillerNealin ParkerThough the Electoral College certified the election results this week, the slow move until this point and the lack of a formal concession make this moment feel different. Now, we are hyper aware of both the gaps in the election system itself and the shocking threats against officials (and their families) who are working to ensure a fair process. In this climate, it can seem impossible to put the election behind us. But data can help give us the ability to move forward: to be vigilant in preventing political violence, while also providing the information we need to build inclusive and resilient communities. Starting in early 2019 and running through the 2020 presidential election, the Bridging Divides Initiative, a Princeton-based research initiative, shared information with local communities about current and potential challenges ahead of the election.This took the form of sharing...
    (CNN)Joe Biden has had enough.After weeks of measuring his words to avoid worsening a political inferno as President Donald Trump tried to steal his election win, Biden made clear on Monday that it's time to move on. Hours after the Electoral College confirmed that he will serve as the 46th president, Biden made his most forceful attempt yet to create the symbolism of a peaceful transfer of power."The integrity of our elections remains intact. Now it is time to turn the page as we've done throughout our history. To unite, to heal," Biden said.It was a speech that signaled to the people of the United States and the rest of the world that the most disorienting post-election period in modern election history is over. In it was a message to Trump that efforts to discredit the election have failed, and a finger wag at Republicans still cowering before the outgoing President. Biden's comments were also a necessary display of authority and leadership from a man who will take office at the height of crisis.None of this can make Trump admit...
    Rush Limbaugh has warned that the US is 'trending towards secession' because 'there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life' in one nation.  The conservative radio host, 69, predicted that some states may soon break away from the rest of the US and declare independence, sparking the same set of circumstances that led to the American Civil War.  His comments come as 18 states have joined Texas in launching Supreme Court legal action to toss out millions of votes in four battleground states in support of Donald Trump. It marks the latest legal action in the wake of the presidential election which has left the nation divided, with Trump refusing to admit defeat and continuing to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.   Rush Limbaugh (pictured with Melania Trump in February) has warned that the US is 'trending towards secession' because 'there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life' in one nation
    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations’ human rights chief lamented a deteriorating situation in Belarus and said Friday that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture. Michelle Bachelet, the high commissioner for human rights, told the U.N. Human Rights Council there has been no improvement since a September debate about Belarus and “recent weeks have seen continued deterioration, particularly with respect to the right of peaceful assembly.” Belarus has seen mass protests triggered by President Alexander Lukashenko’s election to a sixth term in an Aug. 9 election that the opposition said was riddled with fraud. Police have cracked down hard on the largely peaceful demonstrations, using stun grenades, tear gas and truncheons to disperse protesters. Thousands of people have been detained and many of them badly beaten since the protests began, human rights advocates say. The rallies have continued despite the tough police response. The United States and European Union have introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials accused of involvement in vote-rigging and the post-election crackdown. “The penalties imposed on protesters appear to be...
    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief lamented a deteriorating situation in Belarus and said Friday that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture. Michelle Bachelet, the high commissioner for human rights, told the U.N. Human Rights Council there has been no improvement since a September debate about Belarus and “recent weeks have seen continued deterioration, particularly with respect to the right of peaceful assembly.” Belarus has seen mass protests triggered by President Alexander Lukashenko’s election to a sixth term in an Aug. 9 election that the opposition said was riddled with fraud. Police have cracked down hard on the largely peaceful demonstrations, using stun grenades, tear gas and truncheons to disperse protesters. Thousands of people have been detained and many of them badly beaten since the protests began, human rights advocates say. The rallies have continued despite the tough police response. The United States and European Union have introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials accused of involvement in vote-rigging and the post-election crackdown. “The penalties imposed on protesters appear to be...
    Fox & Friends quizzed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of a top DHS official who debunked his election conspiracy theories, and the delays holding up the transition to President-elect Joe Biden. In a Wednesday morning interview, the Fox News morning hosts confronted McEnany on the firing of Chris Krebs — a Trump appointee who was a top DHS official charged with overseeing cybersecurity efforts. Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade called the dismissal “a bit of a surprise.” “He basically feels like he did the right thing,” Kilmeade said of Krebs. “Did he have a pattern of things, Kayleigh, that the president expressed to you that was bothering the president, or was it just this one?” McEnany said that Trump took issue with Krebs calling the 2020 election the “most secure” in American history — baselessly alleging that widespread fraud took place on the president’s watch. “So to come out say it’s the most secure election in American history, that’s just not an accurate statement, and it seems like a partisan attempt...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators clash on the floor over wearing masks: 'I don't need your instruction' On The Money: Biden urges Congress to pass Democrats' COVID-19 relief package | Fears of double-dip recession rise | SEC's Clayton to resign at end of 2020 Overnight Defense: Pentagon prepping for Trump order to draw down in Afghanistan, Iraq | Questions swirl after DOD purge | 10th service member killed by COVID-19 MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday batted down questions about if a government agency should certify President-Elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson assures viewers his show 'not going anywhere' following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: 'I don't need your instruction' MORE's victory, pledging that the transfer of power will happen on time.  "We are going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one. What we all say about it is frankly irrelevant. ...All of it will happen right on time, and we will swear in the next administration on January 20," McConnell told...
    National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien appears to be the first senior Trump administration official to break with President Donald Trump over the results of the 2020 presidential election. O’Brien is one of the president’s own top national security officials and in an interview released from the Global Security Forum, O’Brien acknowledged Biden/Harris victory looks likely. MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson reported the breaking news before running the clip in which O’Brien said “We may have policy disagreements, but, look, if the Biden/Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and, you know, obviously, things look that way now, we’ll have a very professional transition from the national security council.” The National Security Advisor then noted the tradition of peaceful transition of power, saying “And the great thing is, this is the United States of America. We’ve passed the baton and had peaceful, successful transitions, even in the most contentious periods.” Jackson noted “This shouldn’t be news. President-Elect Biden will be taking office in January, based on everything we have now. President Trump did not win the election.”  She then brought on...
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who hyped false allegations of “Russia collusion,” has penned an op-ed in the USA Today accusing President Donald Trump of impeding the “peaceful transfer of power.” In 2016 and 2017, the outgoing Obama administration used intelligence and law enforcement to undermine the incoming Trump administration with false allegations about collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Schiff insisted in March 2017 that there was “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion. Ultimately, however, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found that there was, in fact, no evidence that any American colluded with Russia. Schiff also defended the FBI, claiming it had done nothing wrong in seeking secret FISA warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page. That assertion, too, was later disproven by the Department of Justice Inspector General’s investigation. In his Sunday op-ed in the USA Today, Schiff took issue with Trump’s reaction to the election results, even criticizing his visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day: President Donald Trump went to Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to lay a wreath at the...
    It has been over a week since voting ended and several days since Joseph Biden was declared the president-elect. Continuing to shatter historic norms, President Donald Trump has not conceded the election to Biden, who holds a significant lead in the Electoral College projections. Trump’s refusal to concede is a troubling sign that he is not committed to a peaceful transition between administrations. Instead of focusing on national reconciliation after the bitter election, Trump is focused on baseless lawsuits alleging fraud and misconduct in the election. The United States has experienced a peaceful and orderly transfer of power between presidential administrations for 224 years. Each transfer of power between individuals and political parties has been achieved because of the decency of the candidates and their commitment to honoring the will of the voters. The American people have come to expect peaceful transfers after an election because it is the right thing to do — and it is the ethical path to affirming our democratic ideals. In 1800 John Adams set the standard for how to put aside political disappointment and...
    The Trump administration's post-election plan is starting to sound a lot like a coup. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that there would indeed be a peaceful transition in the coming days — but only to a second Donald Trump term. "There will be a smooth transition — to a second Trump administration," Pompeo said, when asked by reporters if the current White House occupant would allow for a peaceful transfer of power following President-elect Joe Biden's election win. "Right, we're ready. The world is watching what's taking place. We're gonna count all the votes, [and] when the process is complete, there'll be electors selected." He added that there was a constitutional process that "lays it out pretty clearly."
    As supporters of President-elect Joe Biden celebrated, and supporters of current President Donald Trump protested the results of last week’s election, the next question remains: What kind of fight will Trump wage against the results? Only time will tell exactly what Trump will do and whether he’ll concede, but based on the votes tabulated, this marks the 11th time in U.S. history an incumbent president was beaten in a re-election bid. On the surface, that seems like it might be an awkward transition -- in which the current president vacates his office and is forced to witness the inauguration of his successor. But a majority of the transitions throughout history have been peaceful. Here are the 10 previous times an incumbent president lost a re-election bid: 1800John Adams was defeated in a re-election bid by Thomas Jefferson, and while he loathed Jefferson and didn’t attend his inauguration, Adams ceded the office peacefully, according to History. In the middle of the night before the inauguration was scheduled to start, Adams departed Washington, D.C. and started his post-presidential life. 1828There was some...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was another night of post-election protests in New York City. Hundreds of people marched in Manhattan Thursday night. Some clashed with police, resulting in nearly 20 arrests, but authorities believe outside agitators again played a role in turning the demonstrations violent. As CBS2’s John Dias reports, a sanitation crew spent their Friday morning, cleaning up the mess at Union Square park left behind from another night of chaos. Dozens of officers tried controlling crowds of hundreds during a few different protests downtown Thursday night. In total, 19 people were arrested. Tonight, while performing their duties near Bond St & Broadway in Manhattan, an officer was pushed to the ground & had this chain pressed against his throat. The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation. pic.twitter.com/QuWAosMAAP — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 6, 2020 One cop was pushed to the ground and a chain was pressed against his throat. The suspect was charged with assault, among other things. New Yorkers are not happy with the violence....
    Amid Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Friday that there would be a peaceful transfer of power if the Republican loses re-election, The Hill reported. “Of course,” he said when pressed on the issue in a press conference. “We’ve had a peaceful transfer of power going back to 1792, every four years, we’ve moved on to a new administration.” McConnell was also pressed on Trump’s rhetoric, which has faced criticism from some Republicans, who belive he is attacking the institutions that form the foundation of the United States’ democracy. The 78-year-old politician pointed to a Twitter statement in which he called for a legitimate vote-counting process and appeared to echo Trump’s recent comments that Joe Biden is leading due to the counting of illegal ballots. “Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes. That’s how Americans’ votes decide the result,” McConnell tweeted. McConnell refused to answer questions...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked a political tightrope on Friday as Democratic nominee and apparent winner Joe Biden pulled ahead in several key battleground states that will decide the 2020 election. With President Trump alleging issues with the vote counting process in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Michigan, McConnell said that "every legal vote" should be counted before backing the legal system in the United States to "resolve disputes" that might arise following one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history. "Here’s how this must work in our great country: Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes," he said. "That's how Americans' votes decide the result." Here’s how this must work in our great country: Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes.That's how Americans' votes decide the result.— Leader McConnell...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Trump hits out as tide moves for Biden Senate Republicans sit quietly as Trump challenges vote counts George Floyd's brother: Biden 'deserves a chance to prove himself worthy' MORE (R-Ky.) said on Friday that he believes there will be a peaceful transition of power if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE loses re-election.  McConnell, speaking to reporters in Kentucky, was asked if he believed there would be a peaceful handoff if Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE wins, an outcome that appears increasingly likely as he's taken the lead in several key states.  "Of course," McConnell said. "We've had a peaceful transfer of power going back to 1792, every four years, we've moved on to a new administration."  Trump set off alarm bells earlier this year when...
    Donald Trump has shown no indication of accepting the reality that he is about to lose the election. White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday that "there will be a peaceful transfer of power" between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. "I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power," Kudlow told CNBC, adding, "This is the greatest democracy in the world, and we abide by the rule of law, and so will this president." Kudlow's remarks come hours after a defiant tirade by Trump, in which he called on Biden to accept incomplete vote counts that would leave Trump as the winner of the election.
    One of President Trump’s former top deputies “absolutely” expects the president to run again in four years if he loses the 2020 election. Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, now on assignment as the United States’ special envoy in Northern Ireland, said Thursday that Trump is a “very high-energy 74-year-old” likely to be “further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose this next election,” The Irish Times reported. “I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mulvaney said during a webinar hosted by a Dublin think tank. Mulvaney told event attendees he wasn’t surprised by Trump campaign legal challenges in swing states. He also called it “crazy” to suggest the president was staging a coup. “It should not surprise anybody that there are lawyers and that there are lawsuits and it is not a tacit admission of loss, any more than it is a declaration of victory,” he said. In an earlier interview with...
    White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE on Friday predicted there will be a peaceful transfer of power if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE loses the election. Kudlow's remarks came shortly after Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE pulled ahead of Trump in the vote count in Pennsylvania, a state that would give the former vice president the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. "I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power," Kudlow said, adding that financial markets have been "remarkably calm" as the vote tabulations have played out. "This is the greatest democracy in the world, and we abide by the rule of law," Kudlow, who leads the National Economic Council, continued. "And so will this president. There’s some things to clean up here. And, again, it’s not my area of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was another night of post-election protests in New York City, as hundreds of people marched in Manhattan. Some clashed with police, resulting in at least 18 arrests. Police believe outside agitators again played a role in turning the demonstrations violent. Dozens of officers tried to control the crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest by Houston Street and took several people into custody. Tonight, while performing their duties near Bond St & Broadway in Manhattan, an officer was pushed to the ground & had this chain pressed against his throat. The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation. pic.twitter.com/QuWAosMAAP — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 6, 2020 One cop was pushed to the ground and a chain was pressed against his throat. That suspect was charged with assault, among other things. It was the second night in a row demonstrations turned ugly. On Wednesday night, police arrested nearly 60 people, including protester Jonathan Peck, who was charged with disorderly conduct. “Four officers — two kneeled on...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- After dozens of people were arrested in Manhattan late Wednesday night, a peaceful protest has turned ugly for the second night in a row.A peaceful rally was held outside of the Stonewall Inn earlier Thursday, but after the crowd dispersed, some came back and the situation escalated.Small protests are also taking place around the Lower East Side. The NYPD made six arrests on Lafayette and Broome Street while officers made at least a dozen arrests on Broadway and Bond Street.The arrests come after a busy night for police Wednesday into Thursday.On Wednesday, a group marched down 5th Avenue in support of Count Every Vote. After that rally dispersed, there were reports of unrest, garbage set on fire and clashing with police.Police say they arrested at least 50 people. Sources tell ABC News they were charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and obstruction government administration.EMBED More News Videos At least 20 arrests were made Wednesday night as individuals set fires and clashed with police in NYC. The NYPD also confiscated weapons on Wednesday night, including...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Despite no reports of unrest across NYC on Election Day, several arrests were made Wednesday night and into Thursday morning as individuals set fires and clashed with police.A couple of hundred demonstrators took to the streets of Manhattan earlier on Wednesday to support "Count Every Vote." NewsCopter 7 was overhead as the people marched down 5th Avenue "in celebration of justice, fairness and democracy."The group was marching toward Washington Square Park after President Trump's team announced they will file lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania to stop vote counting underway.EMBED More News Videos NJ Burkett covers a demonstration in Manhattan to support "Count Every Vote." The rally dispersed peacefully, but about an hour later, there were reports of unrest, garbage set on fire, and clashing with police near Leroy Street and 7th Ave in Greenwich Village.We support everyones right to self-expression, but setting fires puts others at risk and will not be tolerated. We are working to de-escalate the situation near Morton Street in the West Village to prevent further damage from occurring. pic.twitter.com/4nTK6UUBzC— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews)...