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Court documents released Tuesday show the Department of Justice is investigating an alleged plot to bribe President Donald Trump for a presidential pardon. As first reported by CNN, the documents do not state who is alleged to have taken part in any such effort and a "related bribery conspiracy scheme." According to federal investigators, the plot involved an offer of "a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence." The US Department of Justice is investigating an alleged "secret lobbying scheme" to obtain a pardon from President Donald Trump, according to court documents revealed on Tuesday. The Justice Department had sought to keep the investigation private because the court documents describe "invididuals and conduct" that are not yet subject to prosecution, Reuters reported.
Persons: Donald Trump, Beryl A, Howell, Judge Howell Organizations: Department of Justice, CNN, US Department of Justice, White, US, Court, District of Columbia, Department, Reuters, Justice, NBC News
ET Presidential Transition Live Updates: 2 Trump Allies Nod to Next Administration Attorney General William P. Barr and Senator Mitch McConnell each acknowledged, in their own ways, that the voters have spoken. The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme for a Trump pardon. —The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme for a Trump pardon. Nothing directly tied Mr. Trump to the scheme, and the documents said no one had been charged. But the documents offered a few clues about what the White House may have known about the scheme.
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Joe Manchin and Susan Collins, just unveiled a $908 billion package to try to end the gridlock over a coronavirus stimulus. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia, told Insider that the group had worked "around the clock" to come to a bipartisan deal over the course of the last three weeks. The caucus introduced a $1.5 trillion bipartisan deal ahead of the election but it didn't gain traction. The amount in the bipartisan deal is far less than what Democratic leaders wanted. $16 billion for a vaccine rolloutThe bipartisan deal would provide $16 billion for coronavirus testing and contact tracing — far short of the $75 billion Democrats want — but in line with the Republican demand.
Persons: Joe Manchin, Susan Collins, Mitch McConnell, , Donald Trump —, Virginia Democratic Sen, Mark Warner, Sen, Susan Collins of, Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska , New Hampshire Democratic Sens, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Steven Mnuchin, McConnell, Republican Sen, Rand Paul, Kentucky, hasn't, Donald Trump, Manchin, Pelosi, It's, Mnuchin, he's, Kevin McCarthy, Josh Gottheimer, Tom Reed, Fed Upton, we're, that's, Upton, it's, John Sommers II, Carolyn Cole, Saul Loeb, Romney Organizations: Democratic, Virginia Democratic, GOP Sens, Alaska , New Hampshire Democratic, Senate Republicans, Republican, Virginia Democrat, White, Trump, GOP, Fed, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Center, Republicans, Los Angeles Times, Getty, Democrats, Democrat, Capitol, Getty Images, American Medical Association, Amtrak, Families Locations: Sens, West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Utah, Alaska , New Hampshire, Washington, Virginia, New Jersey, Tom Reed of New Jersey, Fed Upton of Michigan, Kentucky, Frankfort , Kentucky
Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Michael S. Schmidt | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The information about the potential scheme was included in an opinion, dated Aug. 28, from the chief United States district judge for the District of Columbia, Beryl A. Howell, who was weighing whether to allow federal prosecutors to examine evidence — like emails — that may have been protected by attorney-client privilege. Judge Howell granted the prosecutors access to the materials. Investigators suspected that the convict seeking the pardon was imprisoned as recently as this summer and that two people working on behalf of the convict may have undertaken a secret lobbying campaign by approaching White House officials, according to the documents. The two people may have offered to funnel money as political donations in exchange for the pardon or commutation, although it was unclear where the money was supposed to be sent. Given Mr. Trump’s undisciplined approach to pardons, the disclosure, coming amid a flurry of reports about how Mr. Trump has been discussing whether to pardon his children and close confidants in the final weeks of his presidency, raised fears that the pardon process may have been corrupted.
Persons: Beryl A, Howell, Trump Organizations: District of Columbia, White Locations: States
All the key battleground states in the 2020 presidential election have now certified their election results, cementing President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump. All the key battleground states in the 2020 presidential race have now certified their election results, cementing President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump. After all the votes come in, election officials thoroughly canvass the votes cast before elected officials can be seated. One day later, the two battleground states of Pennsylvania and Nevada also certified their statewide presidential results. While many states allow campaigns to request recounts after certification, it's much harder for campaigns to legally challenge election results after states have certified those results.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Biden, Trump, hadn't, State Canvassers, Rudy Giuliani, Tony Evers, Read, Joe Biden, Insider's Jacob Shamsian, Sonam Sheth Organizations: Electoral College, Trump, Democratic, Georgia, Michigan's, State, Monday, Electoral, Gov, Biden, White, District of Columbia Locations: Arizona , Georgia, Michigan, Nevada , Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan , Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Milwaukee, Dane, Florida , Iowa , Ohio, North Carolina
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, citing his pardon last week — and making clear that it broadly covered potential legal troubles beyond the charge Mr. Flynn had faced of lying to federal investigators. “The president’s pardon, which General Flynn has accepted, moots this case,” the Justice Department filing said. Mr. Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the F.B.I. But Mr. Flynn — whose case became a cause for Mr. Trump and his supporters as they attacked the Trump-Russia investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III — sought to change his plea to not guilty. And Attorney General William P. Barr asked the judge, Emmet G. Sullivan of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, to dismiss the case in a highly unusual about-face for the Justice Department.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after he participated in a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Erin ScottSpeaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Trump said if Democrat Biden - who is due to be sworn in on Jan. 20 - is certified the election winner by the Electoral College, he will depart the White House. “This election was a fraud,” Trump insisted in a sometimes rambling discourse at the White House, while continuing to offer no concrete evidence of widespread voting irregularities. Asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump said: “Certainly I will. This time, Trump spoke by video link from the White House to members of the military.
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Asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump said: “Certainly I will. In the United States, a candidate becomes president by securing the most “electoral” votes rather than by winning a majority of the national popular vote. Slideshow ( 3 images )Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump’s 232, and the electors are scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 to formalize the outcome. “President-elect Biden won 306 electoral votes. States continue to certify those results, the Electoral College will soon meet to ratify that outcome,” Michael Gwin, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said when asked about Trump’s comments.
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Here’s why Trump’s lawyers are very unlikely to face disbarment, suspension, or even lighter sanctions such as a fine. BAN ON DECEITFUL CONDUCTAll 50 states and the District of Columbia have legal ethics rules for lawyers that are derived from standards published by the American Bar Association. Judges can punish lawyers who violate ethics rules in a particular case by ordering them to pay the winning party’s legal fees. “We’re under an obligation make statements that have a basis in truth.”In one instance, a Trump lawyer has been accused of crossing the line. Giuliani either knew his tweet was false, or reasonably should have known it was false, Faughnan said.
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In 14 states and the District of Columbia, customers with Xfinity internet plans that aren't unlimited will be constrained to 1.2 TB of data per month, or face overage charges. Comcast is adding a data cap for some of its home-internet plans starting in January. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it's introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia. If customers that don't have unlimited plans go over that cap, they must pay $10 for each additional 50 GB of data. Those who use more Internet data, pay more.
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, December 18, 2018. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he had pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security advisor, who pleaded guilty three years ago to lying to FBI agents. "It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump wrote in a Twitter post. "Even the FBI agents who interviewed General Flynn did not think he was lying. "This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians."
Persons: Michael Flynn, Donald Trump, Flynn's, Flynn, Michael T, Trump, Mike Pence, Joe Biden, Kayleigh McEnany, General Flynn, Department of Justice —, , McEnany, Jeremiah, Sidney Powell, Emmet Sullivan, Powell, Sullivan, Biden, Adam Schiff, Schiff, Sen, Richard Blumenthal, Conn, Trump's, Blumenthal, renege, he's, Roger Stone, Robert Mueller's, Stone, Dinesh D'Souza, D'Souza, Sergey Kislyak, Obama, Mueller, Timothy Shea, Department's, John Gleeson, Gleeson, — CNBC's Christina Wilkie Organizations: U.S, FBI, U.S . Department of Justice, Army, Democratic, Department of Justice, NBC News, Trump, Justice, Republican, House Intelligence Committee, Department, District of Columbia, Justice Department, U.S ., Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit Locations: Washington, United States, Russian, White, Russia
WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday for President-elect Joe Biden, solidifying Biden’s victory and dealing yet another blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to block the results. In total, 3,458,229 votes were certified for Biden and 3,377,674 were certified for Trump. Pennsylvania was expected to certify its election results Monday, but a few counties in the state reported delays. "Trump did everything he could to disenfranchise voters and stop the results from being certified in Pennsylvania," Biden campaign’s legal adviser Bob Bauer said in a statement Tuesday. Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia, all states won by Biden, are also expected to certify their results on Tuesday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Tom Wolf, I’ve, Kamala Harris, Wolf, Trump, Matthew Brann, disenfranchise, Rudy Giuliani, Biden, Bob Bauer Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Pennsylvania Gov, Pennsylvania Department, State, Biden, Trump, Monday, Republican, New, New York City, District of Columbia, Electoral College Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Minnesota , Nevada , New Mexico, . Indiana, North Carolina
The public is barred from carrying weapons in the Capitol, its grounds and office buildings. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote. He said members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol “all the time,” though he mentioned no names. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, justified letting lawmakers carry weapons. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.
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The Biden team also gets access to federal office space, secure facilities for intelligence briefings and the succession plans for executive agencies. In a small but symbolic move hours after the transition announcement on Monday night, Biden opened a “.gov” website available only to government agencies for his transition, launching buildbackbetter.gov. Trump’s legal strategy has hinged on stopping certain states that he lost from certifying their election results, an effort that has met no success. Michigan on Monday certified its results showing Biden the winner, while Pennsylvania’s governor said on Tuesday his state had done so as well. Biden is likely to tap former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen to become the next Treasury secretary, two Biden allies said on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, , ” Biden, Biden, Mark Esper, Kamala Harris, Tom Brenner, Critics, Mark Meadows, Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, He’s, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Alejandro Mayorkas, Janet Yellen Organizations: Democratic, Republican, Twitter, Monday, Biden, Public Service, State Department, Pentagon, Trump, National Governors Association, REUTERS, White, White House, District of Columbia, Electoral College, Michigan, United Nations, Federal Reserve, Treasury, Congress, Wall Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, Nevada, Greenfield, Europe
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage, turning the page on President Donald Trump’s unilateralist policies as he pledged to work together with Washington’s allies. Biden did not reference the country’s longest war - the Afghanistan conflict - as Trump moves to reduce U.S. forces. Biden urged the Senate to give his nominees who require confirmation by the chamber “a prompt hearing” and expressed hope he could work with Republicans “in good faith to move forward for the country.”“Let’s begin that work ... to heal and unite America as well as the world,” Biden added. That process had been held up despite Biden emerging as the clear winner and world leaders recognizing him as the next president. Michigan on Monday certified its results showing Biden the winner.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Donald Trump’s, Washington’s, Biden, Antony Blinken, It’s, ” Biden, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Alejandro Mayorkas, John Kerry, ” Thomas, Greenfield, Multilateralism, Trump, , Critics, Pennsylvania’s Organizations: Democratic, “ America, Trump, Republican, NATO, White House, United Nations, Monday, District of Columbia, Electoral College, Nevada Supreme Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, States, United States, Europe, America, Wilmington , Delaware, China, Russia, U.S, Greenfield, Afghanistan, Michigan, Nevada
DoorDash reached a $2.5 million settlement with the attorney general of the District of Columbia over claims that the company misled consumers on how it would allocate tips for workers, the AG's office announced Tuesday. AG Karl Racine sued DoorDash in November 2019 over allegations the company misled customers into believing their tips would directly increase drivers' pay. The settlement will include $1.5 million in relief to delivery workers, $750,000 to the District and $250,000 to two local charities, according to a press release from the AG's office. DoorDash is not the only gig company to have gained attention for its tipping policies. WATCH: How gig workers are surviving the pandemic
Persons: DoorDash, AG Karl Racine, Racine, We're, Instacart, Uber, Postmates Organizations: District of Columbia, AG, DC, CNBC, YouTube Locations: California
A firearms-toting congresswoman-elect who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, has already asked Capitol Police about carrying her weapon on Capitol grounds, her office has acknowledged. Aides can carry lawmakers' weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote. He said members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol "all the time," though he mentioned no names. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, justified letting lawmakers carry weapons. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Scott Tipton, Donald Trump, Boebert, Republican —, Trump, Laura Carno, Joe Biden, Eva Malecki, Jared Huffman, Arms Paul Irving, Huffman, Irving, wouldn't, Thomas Massie, Steve Scalise, Massie, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Greene, Corey Lewandowski —, Organizations: Capitol Police, Capitol, Administration, Capitol ., GOP, Democrat, Republican, Boebert, District of Columbia, Arms, Police, Capitol Police Board Locations: Rifle , Colorado, Colorado, Ky, Alexandria, Virginia
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were little changed in overnight trading on Sunday as a rising number of Covid-19 cases continued to weigh on markets. All three major averages finished Friday's session lower, while the Dow and S&P 500 also posted a loss for the week, falling 0.73% and 0.77%, respectively, for their first negative week in three. The Nasdaq Composite managed to eke out a 0.22% gain for the week, marking its second straight week of gains. The move lower came as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, with the U.S. reporting a record-high spike of more than 195,500 new cases on Friday. The seven-day average of new cases are up by at least 5% week over week in 43 states and the District of Columbia, Hopkins data shows.
Persons: Shannon Saccocia, Gavin Newsom, Bill de Blasio's, Regeneron's, Donald Trump, BioNTech Organizations: Dow Jones Industrial, Dow, Nasdaq, Boston, Public, CNBC, Johns Hopkins University, District of Columbia, Hopkins, Thursday California, New, JPMorgan, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, CNBC PRO Locations: New York City
“This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,” wrote Brann. The Trump campaign and its supporters have filed dozens of lawsuits in six closely contested states. In the Pennsylvania case, Brann also denied a campaign request to amend the suit to claim violations of the U.S. Constitution. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all the state’s electoral votes. A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election, and Biden leads in the electoral vote count by 306-232.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Matthew Brann, ” Brann, , , Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani, Trump, Rick Hasen, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, Trump, District, Brann, Republican, Federalist Society, White, REUTERS, U.S, Supreme, Circuit, Appeals, Twitter, U.S . Constitution, Pennsylvania’s Republican, Electoral, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia Locations: U.S, Williamsport , Pennsylvania, Washington , U.S, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia , Michigan, Arizona, U.S .
Judge rules against Trump global media chief after firings
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The ruling effectively bars U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack from making personnel decisions and interfering in editorial operations. Pack, a conservative filmmaker, Trump ally and onetime associate of former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon, made no secret of his intent to shake up the agency after taking over in June. In July, Pack had ordered an investigation into the posting of a video package featuring now President-elect Joe Biden on a VOA website. Fourteen senior VOA journalists sent a letter to management in August protesting Pack’s actions, including the dismissal of foreign journalists and his comments denigrating VOA staff, which they said were endangering their colleagues and the international broadcaster’s credibility. The global media agency did not immediately respond to a written request for comment on the ruling.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Michael Pack, Trump, Steve Bannon, Pack, , Beryl Howell, Pak, Joe Biden, Biden ”, ” Lee Crain Organizations: of, U.S . Agency for Global Media, Radio Free, Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Open Technology Fund, VOA, Republicans, District of Columbia, Broadcasting, of Governors, Locations: Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, U.S
Judge Merrick Garland is under serious consideration by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Attorney General, according to a NPR report. Judge Merrick Garland, whose 2016 nomination to the US Supreme Court was blocked by Senate Republicans, is under serious consideration by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Attorney General, according to a NPR report. Other prominent names being floated for the Attorney General post include former US Attorney General Sally Yates, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who recently lost his bid for reelection. Before becoming a federal judge, Garland oversaw the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, who orchestrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. After his nomination to the Supreme Court, Garland stepped away from hearing active cases in the District of Columbia Circuit.
Persons: Merrick Garland, Joe Biden, Garland, Barack Obama, Judge Merrick Garland, Jimmy Carter, Sally Yates, Deval Patrick, Sen, Doug Jones of, Timothy McVeigh, Antonin Scalia, Mitch McConnell of, Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Garland's, Amy Coney Barrett, Gerald Ford, Edward Levi Organizations: NPR, Republicans, Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Senate Republicans, Department of Justice, Oklahoma, Senate GOP, Justice Department, FBI, Former, University of Chicago Locations: Massachusetts, Doug Jones of Alabama, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, District, Washington
A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020. The United States reported more than 195,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, a record-high spike less than a week before Thanksgiving, which public health officials are warning could further exacerbate the outbreak. Friday's jump of nearly 200,000 cases brings the seven-day average of new cases up over 167,600, an increase of nearly 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of new cases are up by at least 5% week over week in 43 states and the District of Columbia, Hopkins data shows. The rise in cases is driving a surge in hospitalizations and deaths.
Organizations: Medical, United, CNBC, Johns Hopkins University, District of Columbia, Hopkins, The, Atlantic, Department of Health, Human Services Locations: Brooklyn , New York, U.S, United States
A group of Michigan voters are suing President Donald Trump and the Trump presidential campaign, accusing them of "openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters" through their legal challenges to the presidential election, according to Politico. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the Trump campaign seeks to suppress hundreds of thousands of votes. A group of Michigan voters and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization are suing President Donald Trump and the Trump presidential campaign, accusing them of "openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters" through their legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election, according to Politico. The Trump campaign has targeted Wayne County, which encompasses majority-Black Detroit, in its efforts to investigate any cases of voter fraud. Biden won Michigan and its 16 electoral votes by a 51%-48% margin, leading by 160,000 votes statewide.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Wayne County, Joe Biden, , Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani, backtracked, Monica Palmer, Jocelyn Benson, Biden Organizations: Trump, Politico, Court, District of Columbia, GOP, White, Michigan, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Black, Detroit, Republican, county's, Canvassers, Democratic, Michigan GOP, Electoral College, Wayne County Locations: Michigan, Wayne County, Wayne, Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta
Apple, GroupM, others ask for tough protection for data in Google lawsuit
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O, advertising giant GroupM and others asked the judge hearing the Justice Department's lawsuit against Alphabet's Google GOOGL.O on Friday to allow them to designate certain data used by the government as "highly confidential," to ensure that no-one from Google could see it. The government is accusing Google of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in a lawsuit that is the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades. GroupM further asked that the information be "disclosed only on an 'outside attorneys' eyes only' basis." Microsoft, Amazon and others said in a joint filing that if Google had access to some sensitive documents that it would gain leverage with the companies in any future negotiations.
Persons: Arnd, Judge Amit Mehta, GroupM, Apple Organizations: Google, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Apple Inc, Alphabet's Google, Justice Department, Apple, Big Tech, Microsoft Corp, Inc, U.S, District of Columbia, Microsoft Locations: Davos, Switzerland
Trump’s lawyers are seeking to take the power of appointing electors away from the governors and secretaries of state and give it to friendly state lawmakers from his party, saying the U.S. Constitution gives legislatures the ultimate authority. A senior Trump campaign official told Reuters its plan is to cast enough doubt on vote-counting in big, Democratic cities that Republican lawmakers will have little choice but to intercede. A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published this week suggested the Trump campaign had succeeded in stirring doubt — however unfounded — about the presidential election. The survey found about half of Republicans think Trump “rightfully won” the election he lost. Trump’s campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials’ affidavits.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Lee Chatfield, Chatfield, Mike Shirkey, Trump, Biden, , of Canvassers, Monica Palmer, Wayne County “, Palmer, Tracy Wimmer, , Giuliani, Rick Hasen, delegitimize Organizations: DETROIT, U.S, New York City, REUTERS, Trump, Biden, Republican, District of, Electoral, Constitution, Reuters, of, Republicans, Wayne, University of California, School of Law Locations: Washington , U.S, Michigan, Pennsylvania, United States, District of Columbia, U.S, Detroit , Michigan, Wayne County, Irvine
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