Donald Trump has been attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, where he lost to Joe Biden.
Republican Lawsuits Thrown Out In Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona. “State judges in Arizona and Pennsylvania and a federal judge in Georgia rejected election-related lawsuits Thursday from Republicans and the Trump campaign.” [CNN]
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) Criticized Trump’s Attempts To Overturn The Election. “Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said that the president had exhausted his legal challenges in several battleground states and had resorted to trying to defy the will of the voters.” [NY Times]
Business And World Leaders Have Already Moved On To Dealing With Biden. “Inside the wrought-iron fences that surround the 18-acre White House complex, the 2020 election rages on, with President Trump angrily refusing to concede. But the rest of the world — and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. — is moving on.” [NY Times]
Most Republican Officials Don’t Condemn Trump. “The rest did what many Republicans have done for four years when faced with Trump’s brazen, sometimes outlandish actions: They said nothing, or tried to avoid the issue.” [Washington Post]
Rudy Giuliani Role
“Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee a string of failed court challenges to President Trump’s defeat in the election, asked the president’s campaign to pay him $20,000 a day for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter said.” [NY Times]
Georgia Recount Finds That Biden Won, No Fraud. “Georgia elections officials said Thursday that plans to release results of a statewide ballot audit have been delayed while one county completes its review, but are expected shortly.” [CNN]
Trump Team Tried To Pressure Georgia Secretary of State Before Election. “Raffensperger, a Republican, declined an offer in January to serve as an honorary co-chair of the Trump campaign in Georgia, according to emails reviewed by ProPublica. He later rejected GOP requests to support Trump publicly, he and his staff said in interviews. Raffensperger said he believed that, because he was overseeing the election, it would be a conflict of interest for him to take sides.” [ProPublica]
Pro-Trump Officials Tried To Throw Out Black Votes In Detroit. “Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night that Michigan’s Wayne County had ‘refused to certify the presidential election results’ – just minutes before they actually did so. It is a crushing blow for the President who is contesting the outcome of the November 3 election, claiming it was rife with voter fraud. Wayne County, which encompasses the city of Detroit, is now officially a win for President-elect Joe Biden, who is 148,000 votes out in front.” [Mail Online]
Trump Called A Member of A Michigan Canvassing Board As Part Of His Pressure Campaign. “President Trump called a GOP canvassing board member in Wayne County who announced Wednesday she wanted to rescind her decision to certify the results of the presidential election, the member said in a message to The Washington Post on Thursday.” [Washington Post]
Michigan Attorney General Considers Criminal Charges For Election Officials Who Bend To Trump Pressure. “Michigan’s attorney general is exploring whether officials there risk committing crimes if they bend to President Trump’s wishes in seeking to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in their state, according to two people familiar with the review.” [Washington Post]
PA Supreme Court Throws Out Trump Complaint On Election Observers. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out one of the Trump campaign’s longest-running post-election complaints Tuesday, ruling that officials in Philadelphia did not violate state law by maintaining at least 15 feet of separation between observers and the workers counting ballots.” [NBC]
Trump Asks For Recount In Two Counties. “President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has requested — and paid for — a partial recount in the state of Wisconsin. But rather than a statewide recount, which would have cost the campaign about $7.9 million, they’re zeroing in on two vote-rich, heavily Democratic counties: Dane and Milwaukee. (The partial recount still will cost them $3 million.) ” [NBC]
Trump Fired Cybersecurity Chief Chris Krebs. “President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Krebs gave a “highly inaccurate” statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.” [CNBC]