“The Justice Dept is investigating a potentially criminal scheme of bribery for a presidential pardon. LOTS redacted/unknown… but court records are here, released this afternoon by the DC District Court” – Katelyn Polantz of CNN. View the documents here.
Daily Beast: “Over the weekend, former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn suggested falsely that China manipulated voting tabulation remotely to prevent the re-election of his former boss, President Trump, who had just pardoned Flynn for lying to the FBI. ‘Communist China,’ said Flynn, intent on accelerating its timetable for becoming the ‘sole global superpower,’ decided after Trump’s 2016 victory that ‘they were not going to allow 2020 to happen, and so now what we have is theft with mail-in ballots, theft with this, uh, this software, smartmatic software and Dominion systems.’ Flynn offered no evidence for his theory, and none exists.”
An independent advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to receive available doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine, NBC News reports.
The first round of vaccines, which will be designated Phase 1A, may be distributed as early as the end of December. The 15-member panel, known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, was set up in 1964 to give the CDC director independent input on ethics, logistics and scientific matters. The committee’s findings, which passed with a 13-1 vote, are not binding, and the decisions about distribution will ultimately fall to state health officials.
Gabriel Sterling has had enough.
The Voting Implementation Manager for Georgia, Sterling opened a press briefing today with a two-minute entreaty to outgoing president Donald Trump and Republican Senators to tone down their rhetoric and condemn the violence and threats being made toward election workers, Politico reports.
“Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language,” he said. “Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop. We need you to step up. And if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.”
“Trump may announce for 2024 on inauguration day. Either way, he won’t attend the inauguration and does not plan to invite Biden to the White House or even call him” – Ken Dilanian of NBC News.
When the only thing you have to run on is, “Hey, you remember all those charges and investigations into my insider trading because I made $1 million after receiving a phone call from the CEO of a company on whose board I used to serve? Well… I was never actually convicted of anything! So vote for me (so I can make more money off my position)!”
New York Magazine: “Back in the spring and summer of this year, when Trump began attacking voting by mail as inherently corrupt, it began to occur to many of us that in convincing Republicans to vote on Election Day he might be trying to engineer a scenario in which he would gain a temporary lead from in-person results, then attempt to disallow the mail ballots that would swing the election to Biden days or even weeks after November 3. Critics of ‘red mirage’ talk often dismissed such fears as overestimating Trump’s seriousness, not to mention his ability to convince others to go along with any effort to stop the counting of mail ballots on or after Election Day.”
“Perhaps these critics were right: Trump’s ‘plan’ to steal the election failed because there was never really a plan beyond throwing mud at the election process and hoping something stuck. That interpretation would explain the Trump campaign’s erratic postelection legal strategy, and its too little, too late efforts to mobilize the president’s supporters to put pressure on election officials and state legislators to skew the vote or set it aside in favor of arbitrarily appointed Trump electors. In other words, if there was a plan, it was incompetently executed.”
CNBC: “A Pennsylvania Republican congressman on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to issue an emergency order that would block his state from taking further action to certify its election results showing a win for President-elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump. Rep. Mike Kelly’s request comes after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf certified that the Democratic former vice president Biden won the state and its 20 Electoral College votes.”
“Given that, Kelly asked that the Supreme Court ‘to nullify Wolf’s certification and all other actions that would legally confirm Biden’s victory. His filing Tuesday also asked Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his challenge to a change in mail-in ballot rules in the state. The request is related to an earlier case filed in state courts, where Kelly claimed that the Pennsylvania legislature violated the state’s constitution when it allowed no-excuse absentee voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected that claim earlier this week.”
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.”
“Nonetheless, we will continue our pursuit of the truth through the judicial system and state legislatures, and continue toward the Constitution’s mandate and ensuring that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is not. Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud” – Statement on Trump campaign website attributed to Rudy Giuliani and “Senior Legal Adviser and Attorney” Jenna Ellis.
Attorney General Bill Barr made John Durham, the US Attorney tasked with investigating the
oranges origins of the Russia collusion investigation, a Special Counsel, giving Durham protections to complete his probe even after Trump leaves office, the Associated Press reports.
Barr said he made Durham a Special Counsel in October, although he made no public announcement of the appointment at the time. As a Special Counsel, Durham will have specific authority to call witnesses as approved by the Attorney General and given specific parameters of the investigation. The status also makes it harder for a President to fire Durham without cause.
According to the AP, in the October 19th appointment, Durham has been tasked “to investigate whether any federal official, employee or any person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence or law enforcement activities” relating to the initiation of the investigation of Trump campaign involvement with Russian government interference in the 2016 election.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that there will be a new administration in January, going further than he previously has in acknowledging Trump’s election loss” reports the Washington Post.
“‘I think we all know that after the first of the year there’s likely to be a discussion about additional – some additional package of some size next year, depending upon what the new administration wants to pursue,’ McConnell told reporters during remarks on coronavirus relief negotiations. McConnell did not elaborate on his ‘new administration’ comment. He suggested that ‘the future will take care of itself’ and pointed to the next steps leading up to the inauguration.”
NBC News: “Georgia voters on Tuesday are choosing the short-term replacement for civil rights legend John Lewis. Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are contesting a runoff election. The men finished first and second, but no one won a majority in a first round of voting in September among seven candidates.”
“The winner of the two Democrats will only fill the seat until Jan. 3, though. State senator and state Democratic Party chair Nikema Williams easily defeated Republican Angela Stanton King in November for a full two-year-term starting in January. Williams and King didn’t run in the special election. The 5th Congressional District includes most of the city of Atlanta, as well as some suburban areas of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties. Turnout could be light, after fewer than 31,000 people voted in September.”
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Attorney General Bill Barr undermined the ongoing claims of lame duck president Donald Trump, saying that the US Justice Department has not found any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr said.
The Trump campaign continues, however, to push baseless lawsuits claiming that widespread fraud, particularly involving mail-in ballots, illegally pushed key states to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Politico EU: “A senior MEP from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party admitted Tuesday that he took part in a ‘lockdown party’ – described by local media as ‘an orgy’ – that was broken up by Brussels police. József Szájer said in a statement that he was ‘present’ at the ‘private party’ – at which, according to the Belgian press, police found 25 naked men, including an MEP and a number of diplomats.”
“According to a press release from the public prosecutor’s office, ‘A passer-by reported to the police that he had seen a man fleeing along the gutter; he was able to identify the man. The man’s hands were bloody. It is possible that he may have been injured while fleeing. Narcotics were found in his backpack. The man was unable to produce any identity documents. He was escorted to his place of residence, where he identified himself as S. J. (1961) by means of a diplomatic passport.’ Szájer said police gave him ‘an official verbal warning’ and took him home. He said he had not taken drugs and added that he was ‘sorry’ and that he ‘deeply’ regretted breaking COVID restrictions: ‘It was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to stand for the fine that occurs.’ The Hungarian, a long-serving member of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s party, resigned as an MEP on Sunday. He said in his statement Tuesday that his ‘misstep’ was ‘strictly personal’ and added, ‘I ask everyone not to extend it to my homeland, or to my political community.'”
“‘It was obvious that my remarks were sarcastic and made in jest. I, of course, wish Mr. Krebs no harm. This was hyperbole in a political discourse,’ Joe diGenova says after he said Chris Krebs should be ‘taken out at dawn and shot'” reports CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins.
The filing says “This appeal is timely because it was filed on November 6, 2020” even though the timestamp on the right side of the page says it was received at 11:21 pm on Monday, November 30th. Read more here, but honestly it’s not even remotely clear what they’re trying to accomplish in this appeal. It looks like it’s just a lot of bitching about petty semantics.
Bonus: Trump’s co-plaintiff, Michigander Eric Ostergren, who was kicked out of a Wayne County ballot counting center for refusing to social distance, complained about the “Main Street Media” in a recent Facebook post where he shared an article about Sidney Powell in the Epoch Times.
Spoiler alert: Obama was not arrested and “The Plot to Destroy America” was not foiled. View the original tweet of the cover here, which was likely purposely made low-res to hide the fact that the text of the articles was recycled from a normal New York Times cover, since the lazy bastards didn’t take the time to write full-blown coverage of the fictional event.
“To go or not to go. Gov. Brian Kemp has a decision to make on Saturday over whether to attend President Donald Trump’s rally in Georgia or risk inviting even more criticism by skipping it altogether. The governor has been on the receiving end of a steady stream of insults from Trump after he refused to amplify false claims of a fraudulent election and block the certification of the vote. Trump said he was ‘ashamed’ he endorsed Kemp in the 2018 Republican primary and that he was “hapless” for not using non-existent ’emergency powers’ to overrule Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s certification of Joe Biden’s win.”
“Kemp’s office has noted that the law gives him no power to overturn election results, but he’s refrained from firing back at the president, mindful that criticism could antagonize Trump ahead of Jan. 5 runoffs for control of the Senate. He’s joined the president at just about every visit he’s made to Georgia, whether awaiting Trump on the tarmac or standing near him on a rally stage. His absence would be notable, if understandable, if he doesn’t show up at Saturday’s event. (The details of Trump’s visit have yet to be announced, but we’re told there’s a possibility the president could hold two separate rallies – one in south Georgia and one in north Georgia.) Either way Kemp decides, there’s a risk” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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