Election 2020

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Pence: Errant Comma in Book Affects Meaning of Trump Line

ABC News also reports former VP nearly skipped the Jan. 6 certification process

(Newser) - Mike Pence became public enemy No. 1 to supporters of then-President Trump when he certified the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, 2021. But a report from ABC News suggests the former vice president came close to skipping the proceedings altogether. Days before the certification, Pence wrote in his personal...

Scalise Refuses to Answer 'Stolen Election' Question Multiple Times

A clearly frustrated George Stephanopoulos eventually cut off the interview

(Newser) - At least seven times during a sit-down Sunday on ABC News' This Week, host George Stephanopoulos tried to get a straight answer from House Majority Leader Steve Scalise on whether he believes the 2020 presidential election was stolen. And at least seven times, Scalise avoided answering the question. The Hill...

Meadows Testified Before Grand Jury After Being Granted Immunity: Sources

Sources say Trump's former chief of staff testified in federal election interference case

(Newser) - Mark Meadows reportedly testified before a federal grand jury in the election interference case against former President Trump, according to sources who spoke to ABC News . The sources say Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, has talked to special counsel Jack Smith's team at least two other times...

Oprah: No, I Didn't Ask Romney to Run for White House With Me

She disputes claim in new book

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is disputing a new book's assertion that she once called Mitt Romney to suggest they run for the White House on the same ticket. Yes, the spokesperson says, Winfrey did indeed call the Utah Republican in the run-up to the 2020 election, but not to float a...

GOP Senators Vote to Fire Nonpartisan Elections Boss

Meagan Wolfe immediately files suit to keep her Wisconsin job

(Newser) - Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Thursday to fire the state's top elections official from her nonpartisan job. An hour later, saying they didn't have the authority to remove her, Meagan Wolfe sued them. The 22-11 vote means that, until the courts decide whether Wolfe keeps her job...

Grand Jury Recommended Charges Against Graham

But Georgia prosecutors opted not to bring an indictment against the GOP senator

(Newser) - It appears Lindsey Graham dodged a legal bullet in Georgia. The special grand jury that investigated former President Trump recommended charging many more people who did not ultimately get indicted, including the South Carolina senator, two former senators from Georgia (Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue), and longtime Trump ally Michael...

Giuliani Loses Georgia Election Worker Lawsuit

Trial will determine how much he owes to mother, daughter who sued for defamation

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani's financial problems might soon be getting worse. In a default judgment, the former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer was held liable in a defamation lawsuit filed by two election workers in Georgia, CNBC reports. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Giuliani had defamed mother and...

Clinton on TV as Trump News Broke: 'I Can't Believe This'

She talks to Rachel Maddow in real time, says she feels no satisfaction

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton booked an appearance on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show Monday night to talk about her new Atlantic essay on the politicization of social issues. But just before the interview began, news broke that a grand jury in Georgia had returned indictments in its investigation of Donald Trump and...

For Trump, the Georgia Case Holds a Big Threat
A Georgia Worry for Trump:
Pardon-Proof Charges
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A Georgia Worry for Trump: Pardon-Proof Charges

Former president is expected to be indicted on state charges soon

(Newser) - It looks like the fourth indictment of Donald Trump could come as soon as Tuesday , this time out of Georgia. There, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating the former president's efforts to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in the state. A grand jury is on...

Georgia's Case Against Trump to Reach Grand Jury This Week

Witnesses report they're to testify Tuesday

(Newser) - Witnesses including a former lieutenant governor say they expect to testify on Tuesday, an indication that a Georgia grand jury will begin hearing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump this week. Former Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and independent journalist George Chidi confirmed their appearances have been scheduled,...

Pence: If Called to Testify in Trump Case, Here's What I'll Do

Former VP says he'll comply with the law, tell the truth

(Newser) - What will Mike Pence do if called to testify in the case against former President Trump for alleged election interference? "I have no plans to testify, but, look, we'll always comply with the law," he said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday on State of the ...

DeSantis: Trump Election Claims Were False

'All those theories' about fraud didn't pan out, GOP rival says

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not give Donald Trump the kind of fellow-Republican support the former president is looking for after his arraignment Thursday on federal criminal charges. While campaigning in Iowa on Friday, DeSantis made his most direct statement yet about his rival's accusations that the 2020 presidential...

Indictment: Trump Pressured Pence in Christmas Day Call

And again on New Year's Day, indictment says

(Newser) - On Christmas Day in 2020, then-VP Mike Pence called then-President Donald Trump to wish him a happy holiday. Trump, however, "quickly turned the conversation to January 6 and his request that the Vice President reject electoral votes that day," according to the unsealed indictment against Trump for alleged...

'The Defendant Was Determined to Remain in Power'
Indictment: Trump Knew
Election Claims Were Lies

Indictment: Trump Knew Election Claims Were Lies

'Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to remain in power'

(Newser) - "Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to remain in power," a federal indictment filed against former President Trump Tuesday states. Trump was charged on four counts , including conspiracy to defraud the US, over his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The 45-page indictment filed...

Trump Indicted for Efforts to Overturn Election

Charges include conspiracy to defraud the US

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new details. Donald Trump has been charged by the Justice Department for his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The indictment from a federal grand jury focuses on schemes by Trump and his allies to subvert the transfer of power...

A Big Filing in Defamation Case Against Rudy Giuliani

He concedes his statements about 2 election workers 'carry meaning that is defamatory'

(Newser) - In a move intended to push a defamation lawsuit against him toward resolution, Rudy Giuliani stated in a late-night Tuesday filing that he "does not contest" the accusations made by two Georgia election workers against him though "without admitting to the truth of the allegations." Ruby Freeman...

16 'False Electors' Charged With Felonies

Michigan AG says they were part of effort to 'circumvent lawfully cast ballots'

(Newser) - The "false electors" in Michigan who sought to overturn President Biden's 2020 election victory are facing some very real criminal charges. State Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that the 16 Republicans have each been charged with eight felonies, including conspiracy to commit election law forgery, the Detroit ...

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Blocking Trump Case

Unanimous ruling lets district attorney's investigation into election interference proceed

(Newser) - Georgia's Supreme Court quickly and unanimously rejected former President Donald Trump's attempt to put a stop to an investigation into interference in the state's 2020 presidential election results on Monday, just days after the motion was filed. Trump's lawyers asked the court to remove Fulton County...

DC Panel: Giuliani Deserves Disbarment

Former Trump lawyer says he'll fight punishment over false election claims

(Newser) - "He claimed massive election fraud but had no evidence of it," a Washington, DC, bar committee said Friday of Rudy Giuliani. "By prosecuting that destructive case Mr. Giuliani, a sworn officer of the Court, forfeited his right to practice law." The three-member discipline panel thus unanimously...

Ex-Trump Lawyer Retires Rather Than Face Disbarment

Lin Wood tells Bar he realizes that's the end of his legal career

(Newser) - A lawyer who repeatedly went to court to challenge the 2020 presidential election results on behalf of Donald Trump has put in for retirement in the face of legal actions against him—including possible disbarment. Lin Wood wrote to the State Bar of Georgia on Tuesday asking to be granted...

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