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Lindsey Graham Testifies Before Special Grand Jury

Republican senator took fight against testifying in Georgia all the way to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham testified Tuesday before a special grand jury that's investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally meddled in the 2020 election in Georgia. The South Carolina Republican's appearance before the panel came after a drawn-out legal fight that went all the way to the Supreme...

It's No Longer a Close Call in Florida
It's No Longer
a Close Call
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It's No Longer a Close Call in Florida

Analysts look behind the embrace of Republicans and ahead to a lengthy GOP reign

(Newser) - Both parties have gotten used to Florida being just as likely to go with either party, in any election—a state whose presidential race winner and loser have been separated by 0.009% of the vote and whose 2000 race was so close it took more than a month to...

Emails Show Trump Team Was Counting on Thomas

Eastman agreed in newly released emails discussing overturning election results

(Newser) - Emails to and from lawyers for then-President Donald Trump show they thought the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election depended on the help of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. A federal judge in California ordered that the eight emails be released, the Washington Post reports. The...

Judge Rips Giuliani in Preserving Lawsuit

Opinion supports defamation filing on harm done to Georgia election workers

(Newser) - A federal judge on Monday declined to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by two women who served as election workers in Georgia in November 2020. In the lawsuit filed last December, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea "Shaye" Moss accused Giuliani of defaming...

Judge Orders Meadows to Testify in Georgia Election Case

Former WH chief of staff is a 'necessary and material witness,' court filing states

(Newser) - A judge on Wednesday ordered former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify before a special grand jury that's investigating whether then-President Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the state's 2020 election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation early last year...

Thomas Blocks Order for Graham's Testimony

Senator argues that he doesn't have to answer questions in Georgia election case

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked Sen. Lindsey Graham's testimony to a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state. Thomas' order is intended to prevent Fani Willis, Fulton County district attorney, from compelling Graham...

Graham Turns to Supreme Court to Block Grand Jury Subpoena

Appeals panel unanimously rejected Republican's request a day earlier

(Newser) - Update: Stymied by a federal appeals court on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham turned to the Supreme Court on Friday to try to avoid appearing before a grand jury investigating possible efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The South Carolina Republican filed the emergency request with Justice Clarence Thomas, who...

Judge: Trump Knew Election Fraud Numbers Were Wrong

But he 'continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public'

(Newser) - Former President Trump knew that the numbers in legal documents alleging voter fraud were false but he signed them anyway, a federal judge said Wednesday. US District Court Judge David O. Carter said Trump attorney John Eastman needs to turn four emails over the House panel investigating the Jan. 6...

Senate Candidate's Relatives Come Out Hard—for His Rival

14 family members of Nevada's Adam Laxalt, a Republican, want voters to cast ballot for Dem

(Newser) - The GOP has claimed the mantle of being the party of "traditional family values," but Republican Adam Laxalt can't even get a good chunk of his own family on board his campaign as he runs for a US Senate seat in Nevada, a key toss-up state in...

Ginni Thomas Reaches Deal With House Jan. 6 Committee

Wife of Clarence Thomas agrees to be interviewed

(Newser) - The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol is getting what it wants : Sources told outlets including CNN and NBC News that Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had reached an agreement with the select committee and would sit down...

Footage Offers Clues to Breach at Ga. Elections Office

Head of local GOP escorted data forensics experts said to be hired by pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell

(Newser) - Computer experts who allegedly copied sensitive software and data from voting equipment following the 2020 election spent hours at an elections office in rural Georgia on Jan. 7, 2021—the day after the Capitol insurrection—where they were greeted by the then-head of the local Republican party. Footage reviewed by...

Ginni Thomas Pressured Second State on Election

Emails show justice's wife called for rejecting Biden's victory and replacing electors in 2 states

(Newser) - Emails show that the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pressured legislators in Wisconsin to throw out President Biden's 2020 election victory there—just as she had Arizona lawmakers. Ginni Thomas' emails to Arizona on Nov. 9 were reported in June, but the Wisconsin lobbying wasn't known...

Eastman Invokes the Fifth Before Georgia Grand Jury

Trump lawyer's attorneys slam 'criminalization of unpopular legal theories'

(Newser) - Lawyer John Eastman, a key player in former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, appeared for a deposition before a grand jury in Georgia on Wednesday, and his attorneys say he asserted attorney-client privilege and his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination "when appropriate."...

State Lawmaker Jumps Ship, Joins Democrats
A State Lawmaker
Defects From GOP

A State Lawmaker Defects From GOP

Colorado's Kevin Priola cites GOP positions on climate change, claims of a stolen election

(Newser) - On Sunday, Democrats held a 20-15 edge in the Colorado state Senate. On Monday, their advantage rose to 21-14, but not because of a special election. Instead, longtime Republican Kevin Priola switched parties to become a Democrat, reports the Denver Post . In a public letter , he cited two main reasons:...

Graham Wins Delay on Testifying
Court Puts Hold
on Graham's
Testimony

Court Puts Hold on Graham's Testimony

Appeals panel allows time to consider establishing boundaries for grand jury questions

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham apparently will not have to testify before a Georgia grand jury on Tuesday. A federal appeals court put a temporary stop on the subpoena on Sunday that would have required Graham's presence before the grand jury investigating attempts to pressure state officials into altering 2020 presidential...

Lawyer: Giuliani Is a Target of Georgia Election Probe
In Georgia, Giuliani
Faces 6 Hours of Questions
UPDATED

In Georgia, Giuliani Faces 6 Hours of Questions

It's not clear whether he answered any of them in grand jury appearance

(Newser) - Update: Rudy Giuliani complied with a subpoena and appeared before a special grand jury in Georgia for around six hours Wednesday—but it's not clear whether the Trump attorney answered any questions. Giuliani attorney Bob Costello, who said Monday that he had been told Giuliani was a target of...

Lindsey Graham Gets Bad News From Federal Judge

SC senator is ordered to testify about calls he made after Trump's loss in 2020 election

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham just lost a key battle in his fight to avoid testifying about his actions after the 2020 election. A federal judge in Atlanta on Monday ruled that the GOP senator from South Carolina must appear before a special grand jury in Fulton County that's investigating election meddling...

Conspiracy Drama Complicates Decision on Voting Machines

Louisiana's equipment is outdated, but Trump supporters push for paper ballots

(Newser) - The need for Louisiana to replace its voting machines is not in dispute. They are badly outdated—deployed in 2006—and do not produce paper ballots critical to ensuring election results are accurate. What to do about them is another story, the AP reports. The drama includes allegations of bid-rigging,...

What We Know About Phone Seizure of Trump Ally Scott Perry

GOP congressman's phone was taken by the FBI

(Newser) - Three FBI agents took the rare step of seizing the cellphone of a sitting member of Congress on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, a five-term congressman and chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has claimed the seizure is tied to the search of Trump's home in...

Congressman and Trump Ally: FBI Seized My Phone

Rep. Scott Perry slams 'banana republic tactics'

(Newser) - US Rep. Scott Perry said his cellphone was seized Tuesday morning by FBI agents carrying a search warrant, the AP reports. The circumstances surrounding the seizure were not immediately known. Perry, though, has been a figure in the congressional investigation into then-President Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the...

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