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    Donald Trump faced a double blow as a Manhattan judge on Friday scolded the former president's lawyers and ruled he must face trial for fraud - hours before the Trump-era ban on bump stocks was struck down.  Judge Arthur Engoron said lawyers for Trump and his Trump Organization 'should have known better' than to recycle what he said were frivolous, meritless arguments in paperwork seeking the dismissal of New York Attorney General Letitia James´ lawsuit. James, a Democrat, sued Trump, his adult children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka and the Trump Organization last September and is seeking $250 million and a permanent ban on the former president doing business in New York state. The news of the fraud case came hours before a Trump administration ban on bump stocks - devices that enable a shooter to rapidly fire multiple rounds from semi-automatic weapons after an initial trigger pull - was struck down by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The ban was instituted after a gunman perched in a high-rise hotel using bump stock-equipped weapons massacred dozens of people...
    Twenty/20 In its first foray into the crypto sector, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is dialing up the pressure on federal agencies and crypto exchanges to protect Americans from fraudsters. In a series of letters sent Tuesday morning, the committee asked four agencies, including the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as five digital asset exchanges — Coinbase, FTX, Binance.US, Kraken, and KuCoin — for information and documents about what they are doing, if anything, to safeguard consumers against scams and combat cryptocurrency-related fraud. More than $1 billion in crypto has been lost to fraud since the start of 2021, according to research from the FTC. "As stories of skyrocketing prices and overnight riches have attracted both professional and amateur investors to cryptocurrencies, scammers have cashed in," wrote Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D.-Ill., Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. "The lack of a central authority to flag suspicious transactions in many situations, the irreversibility of transactions, and the limited understanding many...
    A Black Lives Matter activist whose Boston non-profit was shut down amid a federal fraud case against her after she allegedly blew thousands in charity donations on dinners, vacations and nail salon trips, is now requesting to apply for unemployment benefits. Monica Cannon-Grant, 41, the former head of the non-profit 'Violence in Boston,' and her husband, Clark Grant, 38, were federally indicted in March for allegedly soliciting millions of dollars in donations following the 2020 killing of George Floyd that they used for their own personal gain. They're also accused of illegally collecting an estimated $100,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits and lying on a mortgage application.  In the 18-page indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in March, conditions for Cannon-Grant's release included that she 'not apply for, or facilitate the application for, any unemployment benefits unless approved by the Court,' according to the Boston Herald. But on Wednesday, Cannon-Grant's attorney, Robert Goldstein, filed a motion asking to amend those terms, stating that Cannon-Grant 'is currently unemployed and would like to apply for unemployment benefits.' Monica Cannon-Grant, 41, pictured at a September 2020...
    NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard grilled Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, on her claims of voter fraud in the GOP primary, taking place Tuesday, and the 2020 presidential election. “You are already contending that there are irregularities and there is fraud in this election. At what point does Kari Lake stop and say, ‘am I undermining ‘Americans faith’ in our elections?’” Hillyard asked Lake during a noisy campaign stop. “Kari Lake is going to help bring honest elections back to America,” she responded. Lake, a former Pheonix area new anchor, has made parroting former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election a focus of her gubernatorial campaign. Lake received Trump’s endorsement in the primary and has run close to the former president. “But you haven’t even laid out any fraud or irregularities,” Hillyard pressed in the tense exchange. “And unfortunately people like Vaughn are about destroying America,” Lake responded. “But what fraud is there, Kari? What fraud is there? This is serious–” he continued. “Do you want to make this about you?” Lake...
    John Eastman, the author of an infamous legal memo that outlined how Donald Trump could claim victory despite losing the 2020 presidential election, said Monday that his phone was seized by federal agents. Eastman claimed that officers 'forced' him to unlock his iPhone 12 Pro and accessed his email accounts, in a court filing first reported by CNN. Half a dozen agents reportedly confronted the right-wing attorney in New Mexico as he was leaving a restaurant with his wife and another person on Wednesday evening last week. The filing also suggests authorities had a warrant to take Eastman's electronic devices.  Eastman 'was forced to provide biometric data to open said phone' and 'was not provided a copy of the warrant until after his phone was seized, and even then, he was only given a copy of the search warrant but not the supporting affidavit referenced in it,' it states. He's now demanding that a New Mexico court force the federal government to return his property, in addition to destroying the records it obtained and barring further access. It's the newest in...
    DONALD Trump shut down NPR interview saying he "doesn't believe Joe Biden got 80million votes" as he's grilled on election fraud claims. Trump hung up on Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep nine minutes into what the NPR said was scheduled to be a 15-minute interview that was broadcast on Wednesday. 1Donald Trump hung up on Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep nine minutes into what was supposed to be a 15 minute interviewCredit: Getty Images - Getty In his interview with the outlet, the former president insisted that Republicans should continue to push his fraud claims despite worries in the party that he is hurting its chances in future elections. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on...
    New York City's incoming mayor announced Tuesday he would introduce a new office to minimize wasteful spending by the city's leadership. Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced in a press release he has appointed Marjorie Landa as director of the newly created Mayor’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance and Lisa Flores as the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, saying the new appointees will "make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately." “I pledged to both create a more efficient City government as mayor and finally reverse the inequalities that keep so many in our city from thriving," Adams said. "Inefficiency leads to inequality, and when government is spending irresponsibly and agencies are working in conflict with each other, everyday New Yorkers suffer. This is about holding our government to the highest standard of ethics and ensuring it delivers for everyday New Yorkers — because if you don’t inspect what you expect, it’s all suspect." 6,000 NYPD EMPLOYEES OUT SICK AHEAD OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS: REPORT Rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse...
    In this article NKLATrevor Milton CEO of NikolaMassimo Pinca | ReutersElectric truck maker Nikola has agreed to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission $125 million to settle charges that it defrauded investors by misleading them about its products, technical capacity and business prospects. SEC officials said they hoped the penalty would serve as a warning to all companies hoping to enter public markets via a merger deal with a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. Specifically, officials said statements from companies hoping tap public capital markets need to be wholly accurate. The action marked the SEC's most recent move to more thoroughly regulate SPACs, which are also known as "blank check companies." The regulator issued new accounting guidance in the spring, effectively halting a surge in SPACs at the time. They started surging again this fall. Nikola, which went public in June 2020, had warned investors its fine was likely. The company was the catalyst for pre-revenue electric-vehicle startups to go public through SPAC deals. They followed investor interest in such companies soaring after Tesla skyrocketed to become the world's most...
    (CNN)In a new memoir, Donald Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows doubles down on the baseless claim the 2020 election was stolen and whitewashed the violent attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, according to a copy of the book obtained by CNN. The book, titled "The Chief's Chief," spans nearly 300 pages and is set to be released next week. Meadows vigorously defends his former boss and peddles many of the debunked claims about alleged voter fraud and ballot irregularities that fueled the insurrection in the first place. Meadows absolves Trump of responsibility for the attack, giving just cursory details and echoing unfounded claims about the events of the day. Throughout the memoir, Meadows describes work-related conversations with Trump from his time at the White House, including private discussions about the election, efforts to find voter fraud and Trump's speech at the Ellipse near the White House on January 6. Meadows previously told the House select committee investigating the attack that conversations like these are shielded by executive privilege -- but these new disclosures...
    "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah is keeping with her story that she was told her husband was suffering from "internal bleeding" on the day she was arrested by the feds.  Shah was filming the Bravo show on a bus with the other wives when she received a phone call, appeared distressed, told the other women Sharrieff Shah Sr. was in the hospital, and then left abruptly. Moments later the NYPD and Homeland Security showed up looking for Shah. She was later arrested on the side of the road for alleged wire fraud and money laundering.  "When I was sitting on the bus, I got a phone call that showed my husband’s phone number on my phone," the reality TV star said during her confessional. "And then I was like, ‘Wait, this is not my husband’s voice.’" "They told me, ‘You need to go home, get [my son] Omar and then come meet Sharrieff, he’s at the University of Utah Hospital.’ I immediately went, ‘Oh my God, is Sharrieff OK? This is an emergency,’" the Bravolebrity...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union agencies are launching a year-long operation to crack down on fraud targeting the bloc’s multibillion-euro COVID-19 pandemic recovery fund, EU police agency Europol announced Friday. Operation Sentinel will coordinate the fight against fraud, tax evasion, excise fraud, corruption, embezzlement, misappropriation and money laundering and and boost the exchange of information and intelligence. It involves the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, EU judicial cooperation agency Eurojust, the European Anti-Fraud Office and 19 member states and comes as nations begin unlocking funds for projects that are intended to put Europe on more solid economic footing while also making it greener and more digitally advanced. Europol has repeatedly warned about organized crime gangs seeking to cash in on the global pandemic in ways ranging from selling counterfeit COVID-19 tests to hacking computers as employees work from home. Now, as billions of euros are poured into economic recovery plans, the EU is ratcheting up its vigilance. “Recent experience from the evolution of the criminal landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic suggests these efforts will attract criminal groups active...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An Encino couple convicted in an $18 million COVID-19 relief fraud case earlier this summer have cut off their ankle monitoring bracelets and gone on the lam, the FBI reported late Tuesday night. Undated photos of Richard Ayvazyas and his wife, Marietta Terabelian. (FBI) Back in June, 43-year-old Richard Ayvazyas, his wife, 37-year-old Marietta Terabelian, and two other family members were found guilty of fraudulently obtaining more than $18 million in Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program funds. READ MORE: 70-Year-Old Billy Don Rowe Of McKinney Found Safe The used the money to put down payments on luxury homes in Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert and purchase jewelry and other high-end items. They were scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4 in Los Angeles federal court. In a tweet late Tuesday, the FBI said the couple cut their monitoring bracelets and are considered fugitives. The couple have been missing since Sunday. Their whereabouts are unknown. READ MORE: 300+ Pounds Of Contraband Pork Bologna And Turkey Ham Meant For Resale Seized At Texas-Mexico Border Evidence...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An Encino couple convicted in an $18 million COVID-19 relief fraud case earlier this summer have cut off their ankle monitoring bracelets and gone on the lam, the FBI reported late Tuesday night. Undated photos of Richard Ayvazyas and his wife, Marietta Terabelian. (FBI) Back in June, 43-year-old Richard Ayvazyas, his wife, 37-year-old Marietta Terabelian, and two other family members were found guilty of fraudulently obtaining more than $18 million in Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program funds. The used the money to put down payments on luxury homes in Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert and purchase jewelry and other high-end items. They were scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4 in Los Angeles federal court. In a tweet late Tuesday, the FBI said the couple cut their monitoring bracelets and are considered fugitives. The couple have been missing since Sunday. Their whereabouts are unknown. Evidence showed the defendants used bogus or stolen identities to submit fraudulent applications for the loans. In support of the applications, the defendants also submitted sham documents to lenders...
    The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off on Friday in Dallas, and the chairman of the organization behind it joined Chris Cuomo on CNN that evening. Matt Schlapp duked it out with Cuomo for a solid 12 minutes in a contentious interview. The chairman of the American Conservative Union alleged that mail-in ballot signatures were not verified by officials in Georgia and in Clark County, Nevada. That claim has been debunked in both instances. Schlapp said the alleged lack of voter signature verification suggests that election fraud occurred. Cuomo didn’t concede Schlapp’s claim, but pointed out that even if it were true, it would not indicate fraud. This exchange was typical of the entire segment: CUOMO: To say there was fraud doesn’t mean – even if you are right, ok, on your own assertion – you didn’t check all the boxes of what you were supposed to do. I’m not saying you’re right and no court has said you are right. And all of the suggestions that you would prove this over time have never been met. But even if...
    CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said Monday that former Attorney General Bill Barr’s recent attempts to distance himself from his former presidential boss are “image rehabilitation, pure and simple.” In an upcoming book by ABC News’s Jonathan Karl, Barr says that Donald Trump’s claim about election fraud in the 2020 presidential election was false. “My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” said Barr. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullshit.” Honig ripped into Barr. “Bill Barr has always been very conscious of his image and the way he’s perceived,” said Honig, who did note that in December, Barr spoke out against his former boss’s Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election. But, Honig said: He publicly was one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Big Lie in the months leading up to the election. It’s like if Bill Barr had helped to light a fire, fanned the flames, watched it burn down the house, and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands within the New York unemployment system have become victims of fraud during the pandemic, and now there’s an audit to find out who dropped the ball. First, he lost his job as a temp at a law firm. Then without warning, Joe Pennacchio was frozen out of his weekly unemployment benefits. READ MORE: Mask Mandate Lifted For Fully Vaccinated New Yorkers, But Private Businesses Split On Enforcement “I need it desperately,” he told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. New York state told him he was a victim of fraud. “Your account and over a thousand other accounts statewide were scammed and broken into, and that money was taken,” he said. It’s been two months without any cash or many answers at all. Whenever he tries to call, he hears a recorded message saying, “We’re sorry, we’re experiencing an extremely high volume of calls at this time.” “And that’s all day, every day?” Layton asked. “All day every day,” Pennacchio said. Damen Seminero was never on unemployment, but he got a letter alerting him that someone had filed...
    GOP keeps trying to crack down on voter fraud — but can't seem to find any
    CNN’s Don Lemon has run out of patience for former Vice President Mike Pence’s unwavering loyalty for a man that almost got him killed. In a long, heated Wednesday night monologue, the CNN Tonight host alternately condemned and mocked the former VP for an op-ed Pence published on the Heritage Foundation’s news website, The Daily Signal. In it, the now-Heritage senior fellow kicked off the piece with a paragraph that pushed two key myths of Donald Trump’s “big lie” about widespread election fraud. After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election. In fact, Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, has publicly debunked the notion that there was widespread or signifiant voting fraud in the 2020 election, and reportedly told Trump that his campaign’s claims of a stolen election were “just bullshit.” “Incredibly, one of the people whose life was threatened that day is still doubling down on the big lie today,” Lemon said of the op-ed, while alluding to the numerous video and eyewitness reports of pro-Trump rioters...
    Nearly four months after the 2020 election, the chair of the American Conservative Union — which hosts the high-profile CPAC event later this week — continued to push false and misleading election fraud claims in solidarity with Donald Trump’s “big lie” narrative. In a lengthy, running verbal battle, ACU chair Matt Schlapp continually tried to perpetuate these same, debunked claims and CNN host Chris Cuomo repeatedly stepped in to correct and shoot down the lies and misinformation. During his Monday night show, Cuomo began by asking Schlapp to answer for hosting Trump at his Florida confab this coming weekend, saying that giving the former president such a platform at CPAC is “tacitly endorsing his election farce.” “I don’t known what that means,” Schlapp responded. “Well, he lied about the election being a fraud, and you having him there and giving him a platform seems to be your acknowledgment of the same,” Cuomo explained. Schlapp then tried to claim that several states or counties did not follow their prescribed election laws, which Cuomo quickly pushed back on. “I said it is not true that any state decided...
    Dominion Voting Systems has said it will 'imminently' sue MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for 'tripling down' on his election fraud claims.  An attorney representing the voting firm told The Daily Beast Tuesday: 'He has doubled down and tripled down.' Lindell has repeatedly  pushed his voter fraud conspiracy theories; he released a movie called Absolute Proof which falsely claims a Chinese cyberattack 'flipped' the 2020 election. The Dominion attorney added: 'He has made himself a higher public profile with his documentary.'  There is no evidence of election fraud involving Dominion or any other entity, with dozens of lawsuits filed by Donald Trump and his supporters tossed and recounts coming up with the same vote counts.   The decision to sue Lindell comes weeks after Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president's efforts to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election. Lindell said Tuesday that being sued by Dominion would make him 'so happy'. Dominion Voting Systems has said it will 'imminently' sue MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, pictured at the White House in January, for 'tripling down' on...
    Four days after the electoral college certified Joe Biden's presidential victory, then-President Donald Trump, his legal team and several White House advisers had an election fraud meeting in the Oval Office that devolved into a shouting and swearing match. The heated confrontation took place over six hours, first as aides faced off against each other around the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office before it continued upstairs in the Yellow Oval Room, the president's private living room in the White House residence. Axios revealed the details of the December 18th showdown as part of its 'Off the Rails' series, examining the final days of Trump's presidency.  Donald Trump, his legal team and several White House advisers had an election fraud meeting in the Oval Office in December that delved into shouting and swearing match During the meeting, attorney Sidney Powell presented the case she had made publicly time and time again: falsely accusing Dominion Voting Systems of rigging its machines to change votes from Trump to Biden. Dominion is suing Powell for defamation because of her claims. She suggested to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Cloud software giant Salesforce says it has “taken action” against the Republican National Committee to prevent it from sending fundraising emails that claim election fraud and contain inflammatory language that could lead to additional political violence. Since election day, the RNC has been sending out hundreds of emails using Salesforce-owned email marketing firm ExactTarget to subscribers saying that Democrats stole the election and that Congress needs to overturn the results of the election won by President-elect Joe Biden. Referring to the rioting at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, a Salesforce spokesperson said in a prepared statement, “We are all deeply troubled by the terrible events of January 6. And while we all hope that they are never repeated, sadly there remains a risk of politically incited violence across the country. The Republican National Committee has been a long-standing customer, predating the current Administration, and we have taken action to prevent its use of our services in any way that could lead to violence.” It was not clear what action Salesforce has taken or whether the...
    Photo credit: Jon Cherry, Getty Images Social media giant Facebook has begun purging all mention of the pro-Trump election fraud conspiracy from its site, in response to the disinformation campaign’s role in inciting the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a public statement on Monday, Facebook’s vice presidents for Integrity, Guy Rosen, and Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert announced that the company was escalating its content moderation policies against the false narrative, and will now purge any mention of it from any individual. The social media titan had previously removed the original “Stop the Steal” group that sprang up not long after Election Day, but the unprecedented attack on the Capitol has prompted the company to escalate its crackdown. “With continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a...
    SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has assembled a team to tackle a “major new rise” in unemployment benefits fraud by inmates in county jail. Within the past two months, tens of thousands of local, state and federal inmates have been involved in state Employment Development Department, or EDD, fraud, the district attorney’s office said in a news release. The statewide fraud trend is estimated to cost California hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, and in just one case alone in the county, an inmate is suspected of defrauding the EDD out of $12 million. Inmates are not entitled to receive EDD benefits. However, an accomplice will use an inmate’s identifying information to submit an application on their behalf, the district attorney’s office said. To avoid alerting the EDD that the applicant is incarcerated, the accomplice receives and transfers benefit payments back to the inmate. “To those who have abused the system during this pandemic: you will be caught and pay the price from stealing from the pockets of the needy,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen...
    Attorney General Bill Barr says he won't provide special counsel protection for a Hunter Biden investigation or to designate a special counsel to probe election fraud – in another blow to President Trump's claims of a 'rigged' election. Barr spoke to reporters Monday days before he is to leave office following his resignation and ouster. He also parted with the president on another matter – saying it 'certainly' appears that Russia was behind a massive hack of the U.S. government. Barr was asked about voter fraud after weekend reports he met with lawyer Sidney Powell, who has filed 'Kraken' lawsuits and wants the government to seize voting machines to inspect them amid her own claims of a conspiracy involving Venezuela, Cuba, China, and machines that allegedly 'flipped' votes from Trump to Biden. US Attorney General William Barr participates in a news conference to provide an update on the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 on the 32nd anniversary of the attack, at the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C, U.S., December 21, 2020. Michael Reynolds/Pool...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed American economist Peter Navarro to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Navarro explained his recently released report called Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities where he outlines these dimensions he observed in the key battleground state elections. He also voiced his concerns about the blatant cover-up of fraud by the media and corporate entities coupled with the Republican silence in five of the six states involved. Leahy: Crom Carmichael in the studio with us. And on the newsmaker line our good friend Peter Navarro. Peter Navarro is an American economist and author who serves in the Trump Administration as the assistant to the president and as director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and National Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator. He has a new report that he’s issued as a private citizen Crom. Carmichael: Michael, Peter has done...
    Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Thursday repeated allegations of election fraud at a virtual House hearing in Georgia, where he laid out the same conspiracies he floated last week about a rigged election orchestrated by the media and Big Tech. Giuliani claimed last week in a Senate hearing that a clip of the hourslong video taken on election night in Fulton County was the "smoking gun" that proved election fraud. He argued that election observers and workers were told to leave for the night and that when they did, nefarious agents working to throw the election in favor of Joe Biden stepped in and counted suitcases stuffed with ballots hidden under a black cloth-covered table. State leaders and election officials have pushed back on the theory, but it didn't stop New York's former mayor on Thursday from doubling down on the claim. "Look at that woman, look at her taking those ballots out, look at them scurrying around with the ballots. Nobody in the room, hiding around, they look like they're passing out dope, not just...
    Loading the player... More than a month after the U.S. presidential election, YouTube says it will start removing newly uploaded material that claims widespread voter fraud or errors changed the outcome. The Google-owned video service said Wednesday that this is in line with how it has dealt with past elections. That’s because Tuesday was the “safe harbor” deadline for the election and YouTube said enough states have certified their results to determine Joe Biden as the winner. Read More: US govt, states bring antitrust action against Facebook But this election was different from past elections and YouTube has been widely criticized for not doing more to prevent misinformation from spreading on its platform. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, which put measures in place — with some success —- YouTube had until Wednesday stood by its decision to allow baseless claims about election fraud to stay up. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Election officials confirmed there were no serious irregularities and the election went well. Attorney General William Barr said last week the Justice Department...
    The logo of video-sharing website YouTube is displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.Thomas Trutschel | Photothek via Getty Images Alphabet-owned YouTube said Wednesday that it will begin removing content that falsely alleges widespread fraud or errors surrounding the 2020 presidential election, more than a month after the polls closed and Joe Biden was declared the projected winner. YouTube has been the subject of intense criticism following the election, as it allowed videos that falsely claim the election was a fraud and other related issues to propagate across the platform. The company said it's making the decision now because of the safe harbor deadline for the election and the fact that several states have already certified their results. Meanwhile, rival social networks Twitter and Facebook have aggressively monitored posts related to the election since Nov. 3, adding labels with the actual results and limiting their distribution. "Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect," the company said Wednesday in a blog...
    Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks on during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020. - The president's attorneys, led by Rudy Giuliani, have made numerous allegations of election fraud.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasted Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Friday, saying they "let down America," as the Trump campaign effort to reverse Joe Biden's national presidential election win seemed headed for failure. Giuliani's tirade against Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature, suggesting they were "covering up for Dem crimes," came after GOP leaders there on Thursday issued a statement saying they would not appoint electors for Trump to the Electoral College. The Democratic former vice president Biden won the Keystone State's popular vote, which entitles him to all 20 Electoral College votes from the state. But Giuliani and other members of Trump's campaign challenge legal team — claiming widespread ballot fraud occurred — have pushed for legislatures in battleground states to nullify wins for Biden in the popular...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that there was voting fraud in the election and that the Democrats' down-ballot defeat proves it last night. In a Twitter rant, the president said that there was "massive fraud" and that the 2020 election was rigged. 5Donald Trump continues to allege that there was widespread voter fraud in the US election Credit: Reuters 5The tweet was flagged as 'disputed'Credit: TWITTER Referring to a New York Times article from Saturday which spoke about how voters' disgust with Trump didn't translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, he said: "'Democrats suffered crushing down-ballot loss across America.' @nytimes. This is true. "All statehouses won, and in Washington we did great. So I led this great charge, and I’m the only one that lost? "No, it doesn’t work that way. This was a massive fraud, a RIGGED ELECTION!" The tweet was quickly flagged by the social media giant as a claim that had been "disputed." Shortly after the election was called in favor of Biden, Trump's team filed multiple suits alleging...
    OAKLAND, Calif. – For the past four years, President Donald Trump has enjoyed the special status of a world leader on Twitter and Facebook, even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics. While regular users could have faced being suspended or even booted from the platforms, Trump's misleading proclamations and personal attacks have thus far only garnered warning labels. But could his loose leash on the platforms be yanked on Jan. 20 when his successor, Joe Biden, is inaugurated? Here are some questions and answers about what the companies have done — and not done — why Twitter’s response has been stronger than Facebook’s and what, if anything might we see from the platforms in the coming weeks and months, once their most high-profile user is no longer in the White House. ___ WHY ARE SO MANY TRUMP’S TWEETS LABELED? Ever since he lost his reelection bid, Trump has been spreading falsehoods about purported election fraud and otherwise trying to delegitimize Biden’s win. For the most part, Twitter...
    When Donald Trump warned in 2016 that if he was elected, Americans would get sick of all the winning, he was apparently just mispronouncing the word whining.  At the end of his ignominious tenure, Trump is going out exactly as he came in on Day One: whining. Then it was about his pique over the unfavorable comparisons between Barack Obama's historic inaugural attendance and Trump's paltry inaugural crowd. Now it's all about undermining faith in the results of the presidential contest he definitively lost to President-elect Joe Biden.  Since Election Day, Trump has ducked nearly all public appearances, preferring instead to stew on the links. Trump even skipped in-person attendance last weekend at a meeting of the world's 20 largest economies, opting instead to effectively phone it in with a virtual video address as the world grapples with a surging global pandemic. Absolutely pathetic. But reducing his schedule to almost nothing but golf and some cable TV coverage (which must mostly be killing him) has really reduced Trump to emoting through the projectile stream of consciousness sludge populating his Twitter feed.  Since...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany doubled down on claims of voter fraud in Michigan on Wednesday night as she presented further details on the 234 pages of affidavits she first revealed yesterday.  McEnany appeared on Hannity on Fox News for the second night in a row as she alleged that one the testimonials claims to have seen ballots that were cast for President Trump being switched to Joe Biden.  She also alleged that there was evidence of racial abuse toward black Trump supporters in precinct in Wayne County, Michigan, where Detroit is located, as well as an Asian-American man receiving five minutes of ethnic abuse.  The press secretary added that the Trump campaign will present more affidavits from other states tomorrow, including some from Pennsylvania and others from different parts of Michigan where she claims that '120-year-old voters' cast a ballot.  The claims have not been verified and the election security agency at the Department of Homeland Security has already described the 120-year-old voters as a clinical error.     Scroll down for video   White House Press Secretary Kayleigh...
    Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed a list of names he claims are among the dead people who voted in this year's election as he hit out at the 'media blackout' for failing to report on fraud allegations. The list, revealed during his show on Wednesday night, included the names of at least four people in the state of Georgia where there are fewer than 15,000 ballots separating President Trump and Joe Biden. It also included several in Nevada, where the TV host accused officials of encouraging mail-in ballot fraud to take place by sending out a ballot to all registered voters, despite knowing that 41,000 people hadn't updated their records in more than a decade. He claimed that the mail-in system established due to the coronavirus pandemic 'encouraged' fraud, by allowing others to cast a vote for the likes of Rosemary Hardle - an elementary school teacher who died in 2017 - as well as Fred Stoke Jr Clark, who also died in 2017.  He could only claim that the dead voters 'presumably' voted for Biden, although the choices listed...
    Madison Summers November 10, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed federal prosecutors to “pursue substantial allegations” of voting and ballot counting irregularities before the certification of this year’s presidential election. The move resulted in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) top election crimes official to step down from his post. Richard Pilger, director of the elections crimes branch in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section — who oversaw voter fraud investigations — resigned shortly after Barr’s directive on Monday. Pilger wrote in an email to his colleagues, “Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications, and in accord with the best tradition of the John C. Keeney Award for Exceptional Integrity and Professionalism (my most cherished Departmental recognition), I must regretfully resign from my role as Director of the Election Crimes Branch.” He added, “I have enjoyed very much working with you for over a decade to aggressively and diligently enforce federal criminal election law, policy, and practice without partisan fear or favor. I thank you for your support in that effort.” According to the...
    Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Sunday delivered a pointed rebuke of FBI Director Chris Wray after he testified that there isn't evidence of coordinated national voter fraud, despite President Donald Trump's baseless claims otherwise. "To suggest that there is a process that is full of integrity is trying to make a verdict before you've actually heard the case," Meadows told CBS' "Face the Nation" of Wray's testimony on Capitol Hill last week."That's my problem with Director Wray. They need to investigate it, and make sure that the voting populace -- makes sure that their vote counts and no one else's does," he continued. The FBI did not comment on Meadows' remarks Sunday. Wray had told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee there has been voter fraud at the local level "from time to time," but maintained, "we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise." Read MoreThat message, which runs counter to Trump's unfounded claims that the US voting system...
    President Donald Trump continued to cast doubt on whether he will peacefully stand aside if he loses the upcoming elections to Joe Biden. As reported by CNN, Trump again pointed to unsolicited mail-in votes as a reason to assume the election results could be wrong. Earlier on Thursday, The Republican Party said it was committed to a legal and normal transfer of power if Biden wins. Party officials were putting out fires caused by comments Trump made on Wednesday saying there “won’t be a transfer, frankly” if mail-in votes are used. Despite Republicans backtracking the president, Trump decided to double down on his rhetoric when preparing to leave the White House Thursday night. He continued to argue mail ballot voting is rife with fraud and using the method would cast doubt on the election results. “We have to be very careful with the ballots, the ballots, that’s a whole big scam,” Trump told reporters. Despite Trump’s accusations, there is no evidence that mail votes are a serious fraud risk. Furthermore, this voting process is only accepted in nine states and...
    Steve Bannon claimed Thursday that his arrest last month was part of a broader "headhunting of high profile political targets" associated with President Trump and vowed to fight the federal indictment that alleges he defrauded hundreds of thousands of people who donated to a fundraising campaign to build a border wall with Mexico. Speaking against the advice of counsel, Bannon told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that federal authorities were trying to silence him in an effort to keep him from joining the Trump 2020 campaign -- something he says he had no intention of doing. STEVE BANNON, 'WE BUILD THE WALL' ORGANIZERS ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING DONORS "Attorney General Barr said...this is headhunting of high-profile political targets that are associated with President Trump," Bannon alleged. "It's not random that it was four years, almost to the day, that I took over the [Trump 2016] campaign that this indictment came out. "What these guys wanted to do was criminalize political speech and make sure I didn’t go back to the campaign," Bannon added. "What they messed up is, I was never going back to the campaign. The campaign is in great shape…they are doing...
    President Donald Trump inveighed against mail-in voting at a White House event on women's suffrage – where he said the practice would be such a 'disaster' it might force a redo of the November election.  Trump complained that mail-in voting amounted to sending 'millions and millions of ballots all over the place' – and said he stood by his own proscribed election practices 'win, lose, or draw.' But after blasting the new efforts to use the mail for expanded voting during a Monday midwestern campaign swing, Trump raised the possibility the elections would have to be run a second time – a remedy that is not included in the Constitution.    'They’ll have to do it again and nobody wants that and I don’t want that,' Trump said of an election with universal mail-in voting, which he said would be a disaster 'It’ll end up being a rigged election or they will never come out with an outcome. They’ll have to do it again and nobody wants that and I don’t want that,' Trump said.  'You can’t take millions of...
    President Donald Trump defended his recommendation to delay the 2020 election, saying the contest could be "fixed" or "rigged" if the voters are forced to use mail-in ballots to choose a candidate. "Its common sense," Trump said. "I want an election, and a result, much more than you. I think were doing very well. ... I dont want to see a rigged election." Reporters also asked about a tweet Trump sent out earlier on Thursday suggesting that using mail-in ballots could lead to voter fraud. Trump said an election that took mail-in ballots could lead to lost ballots and other delays that wouldnt deliver results for months past Election Day. The response comes after Trump received blowback from Republicans and Democrats on Thursday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on a Kentucky television station the election wont be moving.  Fox News had previously reported numerous problems with using mail-in ballots in previous elections. An Augusta, Georgia news report also showed the United States Postal Service mishandling mail-in ballots in a test run. That report was tweeted out by the president. "We all agree that absentee voting...
    A night after saying Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hates America, Fox News host Tucker Carlson doubled down on his attacks, describing the Purple Heart recipient who lost her legs in combat as a “coward” and “fraud.” During his Monday night broadcast, the primetime conservative star played an abbreviated clip of Duckworth saying there should be a “national dialogue” over the possible removal of statues, touting it as proof that she supposedly wants to “get rid of George Washington” while questioning her patriotism. “You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” he added. “Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is.” Duckworth would quickly respond via Twitter, wondering if the longtime TV personality would “want to walk a mile” in her legs and then tell her whether or not she loves America. On Tuesday night, with Duckworth’s fiery response still gathering tons of attention, Carlson fired back by once again calling her love of country...
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