Georgia’s chief election official authorized a manual recount in the presidential race Election officials across the country see no evidence of widespread fraud, despite claims by President Trump, President-elect Joe Biden and Mr. Trump appeared for a while Brief on Veterans Day celebrations
Progressives push Biden to name Warren and Sanders to assume senior positions and create an office on climate change
The two rounds of replay in the Georgia Senate that will determine which party dominates the room have rearranged the political world in the days following the election, affecting nearly every decision by members of both parties, including the refusal of most Republicans to recognize the president-elected Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory
Senators line up for daily trips to Atlanta to participate in the campaign Party leaders carefully calibrate post-election messages to frame the battle on the ground and Mr. Biden’s transition team is working on designing plans to achieve two very different outcomes, and preparing an ambitious agenda in the event the Democrats win the Both races and control of the Senate, one more shrinking in case they fail
The most inconsistent outcome was the Republicans’ refusal to challenge Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won the election Although most of the leading Republicans did not repeat his claims, they refused to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s apparent victory, fearing that it would anger the president and his base of supporters. Sincere before January
“We need his electors,” Republican Senator John Thon of South Dakota, the second-ranked Republican, told reporters Wednesday. “At the moment, he is trying to pass the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there but when he is said and done, and whatever happens, we want him to help in Georgia”
The stakes are startlingly high for both sides with Republicans on their way to control 50 Senate seats and 48 Democrats, double runoff rounds being held on January 5 will determine how much Mr. Biden can wield in post-Trump Washington.
The competition between two Republican senators, David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler, is pitted against Democratic rivals John Usov and Reverend Raphael Warnock, but they were soon nationalized in referendums on Mr. Biden’s victory and the direction of the country
Impact was evident throughout the Capitol Building Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, especially cautioned House members not to watch their sayings in the coming weeks to deprive Republicans of any new ammunition to portray Democrats as extremists
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, disagreed with Mr. Trump and expressed his anger at the Democrats’ insistence on the president’s abdication.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was on the ground Wednesday in the suburbs of Atlanta gathering with Mrs. Loeffler at Raleigh Save Our Majority Senator Rick Scott, the newly elected president of the Republican campaign arm in the Senate, is scheduled to hold a fundraising campaign in the state on Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence told senators in private on Tuesday that he intends to go to Georgia next week to participate in his election campaign.
The Democrats were seeking to rally their constituents and donors in a long-term bid to win both races in a historically conservative country where their party had failed run-off contests.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who is the minority leader, said Wednesday: “When it comes to the Senate, it’s not over at all.” “Georgia is close.”
As the margin approaches, it will require a complete manual recount in each county This will help build trust It will be an audit, recount, and one time review will be a heavy load, but we will work with the counties to get it done in time to get the state certification so if it is Another race or you don’t have such a close thing, you can do that and it’s just a sample size but you can’t do that when that soon. This race has national significance and national significance. We got that. We understand that, we are following – we follow the process and we understand the importance of This, not just for Georgia, but for every American – at the end of the day, when we do the hand count, then we can answer the question exactly, what is the last margin in this race? If you become aware of a case of illegal voting or suspected illegal voting, anecdotes and stories will not work We need something we can actually investigate
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Ravensberger, authorized a manual recount for Wednesday’s state election – a move endorsed by President Trump, but one official said it is unlikely that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is a narrow but important lead there
The recount, which will use paper prints created under Georgia’s new electronic voting system and go beyond the “scanned” vote recount required by law, will only apply to the presidential election. This will not affect the outcome of the two races in the Senate. In the state, which will be decided in the runoff on January 5 and the Senate will determine control
Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump in Georgia with over 14,000 votes, with nearly all absentee votes and their personalities counted
“As the margin approaches, it will require a complete manual recount in each county,” Mr Ravensburger told reporters in Atlanta that he made the decision because of the “national significance” of the result in a state with 16 electoral votes
“It would be a heavy burden,” he said, but added that the manual recount would give skeptics an indisputable account by November 20 the deadline to officially certify the election of nearly five million ballot papers in the state
Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday that the recount would take some time
“If everyone were looking for a single action that would be the silver bullet that flipped the entire election – it would be a process,” he said.
Even if Mr. Trump had to win Georgia, Mr. Biden, who currently has 279 electoral votes, won in the national election
Observers from both sides will be present at every step of the recount, Mr. Ravensberger said, for the liberation of manpower. The state postpones the local elections, scheduled for December, to coincide with the run-off rounds in the Senate.
Mr Ravensburger’s decision angered some Democratic officials in Georgia Michael L Thurmond, CEO of DeKalb County, the state’s third-most populous state, described the matter as “amazing” and said county officials spent the morning discussing how to get money for the procedure Manual recount
“It’s all about the face from what was said the day before,” Mr. Thurmond said “The expectation was that there would be a refund of the vote, but the manual count is completely different”
Mr. Ravensberger came under intense pressure from Mr. Trump and his allies, who claimed, without evidence, that Mr. Biden won through massive fraud.
“Stories and stories don’t work;” said Mr Raffensperger, who has asked anyone with evidence of fraud to come forward immediately
State officials, including Mr. Raffensperger, previously said they had not seen initial evidence of widespread fraud
Representative Doug Collins, a Republican representing Mr. Trump, the Trump team in Georgia sent a letter to Mr. Ravensberger Tuesday demanding a manual recount, which is a more intensive process than performing a typical recount using a computer scanner
(Mr. Collins’ electoral fate, on the other hand, is already locked: in January he will give up his seat in the House after he challenges Senator Kelly Loeffler, who will face the pastor. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who finished first, in one of the two rounds)
The move comes days after Ms. Loeffler and Senator David Purdue, the two current Republicans in Georgia, called for Mr. Ravensberger to resign and said he had no intention of resigning and defended his staff’s work at the press conference
Mr Ravensburger said the letter had no bearing on his decision to allow a hand count.
As votes continue to be counted in parts of the country, President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the margin for the popular vote for President Trump is expanding dramatically.
As of late Wednesday morning, Mr. Biden, with nearly 774 million votes, led by Mr. Trump, who had 723 million in 51 million votes and 34 percentage points higher than his advance on Friday by 4 million votes and 28 points. Centennial (In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 28 million but lost the election to Mr. Trump by 77 electoral votes)
Mr. Biden, who broke the record set in the name of his former president Barack Obama in 2008 for the most votes in the presidential election (Mr. Obama had 695 million), now also has the support of a larger segment of the population than Mr. Obama that year Mr. Biden won 234 percent of the US population, compared to 228 percent Mr. Obama won in 2008, when there were 25 million fewer Americans.
Millions of votes still need to be counted, possibly five million, but whatever the final result, Mr. Biden, who has already garnered 279 electoral votes – nine over the threshold of 270 – will still be the election winner
President Trump participated in a short and silent ceremony for Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr paid a 15-minute visit to the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia, a morning of gloomy thinking for both men, even like Mr. Trump. Trump continued to accuse Mr. Biden of stealing the election from him.
Mr. Trump’s visit – a tradition of the occupier of the White House – was his first public appearance since a press conference last Thursday in which he lied about the vote count and tried to undermine the integrity of the electoral system.
Since then, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the country to record levels, Mr. Trump has made little effort to continue ruling, and has inflamed his anger on Twitter over unfounded allegations of voter fraud. The president has been seen traveling back and forth from the stadium. Golf in Virginia his official schedule has been empty all week
Mr. Biden made several speeches at the time, including one on Tuesday in which he attacked attempts by the President and his Republican allies to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court
President-elect, wife Jill Biden and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny are seen on Wednesday at the Mr. Black Marble Memorial. Biden did not make public statements, but did take pictures with a few groups of people after a color show and a short ceremony presided over by a local judge. Biden laid a wreath at the monument before leaving.
Mr. Trump left the White House on Veterans Day without a mask, and did not wear a mask in the military cemetery, in clear violation of Corona virus guidelines All visitors to Arlington are required to “wear face coverings while at the cemetery,” according to her official Twitter account, “Anyone who does not cover their face in their possession at cemetery entry points will not be granted access to the cemetery”
At the cemetery, Mr. Trump stood next to Vice President Mike Pence, who also did not wear a mask. The President seemed uncomfortable in the rain but played his part: He approached a wreath and stood for a moment of silence before backing down and saluting as the lone trumpeter played TAPS
Last year, Mr. Trump returned to New York for the vacation and participated in the city’s annual 100th Veterans Day Parade.
WASHINGTON – As the scandal of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfolded in Washington last fall and prompted his impeachment, corruption attorneys at the Department of Justice were teetering
They examined Mr. Trump’s actions and found no campaign finance violations, and was initially given the green light to pursue a potentially explosive investigation into whether he had violated any other laws.
But Attorney General William P. Barr and other senior officials stopped them while Congress was investigating the same during hearings after the Senate acquitted the President in February, Mr. In fact, Barr took the case away from the Public Integrity Division, sending all inquiries. Related to Ukraine to the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn, according to six people familiar with the matter
The exacerbation of prosecutors’ discontent was a stalled case at around the time against a member of Mr. Trump’s government, former Home Secretary Ryan Zinke, Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey A. Rosen, told the department’s attorney that they needed a stronger case.
Details of their case are not public, making it difficult to assess their strength, but Mr. Rosen’s response exacerbated the feeling within the Public Integrity Department that senior administration officials would obstruct investigations of Mr. Trump and his officials, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity. To discuss investigations
The deep frustration was a defining moment in the long-running tensions between the Public Integrity Division and the Trump administration that began under Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time. They spilled out into the open this week when Mr. Barr issued a warrant allowing prosecutors to investigate allegations of voter fraud. Before the results of the presidential race were approved, Richard Pilger, the attorney for the department overseeing investigations into voter fraud, to step down in protest
The meetings were the latest example of Trump’s appointment at the top of the Justice Department to overturn professional prosecutors, prompting criticism that the administration was eroding the department’s usual separation from politics as critics accused Mr. Barr of using the department to protect Mr. Trump and advance his interests
Vanita Gupta, a former State Department official under President Obama, said, “All these incidents that have come to light show that Bar has been dedicated to his efforts to end the old rule that the Justice Department is independent of politics.” Now President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said there is no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, which amounts to a strong rebuke of President Trump’s allegations of election fraud.
Over the past several days, the President, members of his administration, Republicans in Congress and his allies on the right have falsely claimed that the elections were stolen from Mr. Trump refused to accept the results shown by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. as a winner.
But senior election officials across the country said in interviews and statements that the operation was a remarkable success despite the record turnout and the complications of the dangerous epidemic
Frank LaRose, Republican and Ohio State Secretary of State, said, “There is a great human capacity to invent things that are not true about the elections.” Conspiracy theories, rumors and all of these things are spreading for a reason, elections generate this kind of myth.
In Georgia, where Mr. Trump is late with less than 15,000 votes and elections have not yet been called, both the Trump campaign and two Republican senators have complained about transparency, a charge described by Republican Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger as “laughable”
He said in a statement: “We were actually posting results bulletins every hour at least.” “My office and I hold daily or twice daily press briefings to brief them on all numbers.”
He added that although there were potential small cases of fraud, he did not expect them to be large enough to influence the outcome.
The Trump campaign has made some of the highest fraud complaints about Pennsylvania, a state that put Mr. Biden above the 270 electoral threshold, with Mr. Trump trailing Trump by more than 45,000 votes as the count continues
Jacqueline Rhodes, a spokeswoman for Josh Shapiro, the state’s Democratic attorney general, said the state’s elections were “fair and secure,” adding, “There is no active lawsuit until the allegations, and no evidence has yet emerged, widespread problems.” / p>
The New York Times contacted the offices of top election officials in each state on Monday and Tuesday to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting. Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. For four of the remaining states, The Times spoke to other officials. Statewide or found public comments from Foreign Ministers; None mentioned any major voting issues
Texas officials did not respond to repeated inquiries, but a spokeswoman for the chief election official in Harris County, the largest county in Texas, which has a population greater than that of many states, said there were only a few minor issues and that ” We have very smooth elections. “
Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican of Alaska, won re-election on Wednesday after a tougher race than expected against an independent candidate who ran in the elections with the support of the Democrats and threatened to cost him a second term and jeopardize his party’s chance to advance. Most of them are
President Trump on Wednesday also won the state and its three electoral votes, which will have no effect on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory
Mr. Sullivan’s victory, which came on the heels of Senator Tom Tillis’ apparent victory in North Carolina, brought Republicans a step closer to controlling the Senate. The fate of the Senate now hinges entirely on two rounds of Georgia’s January 5 run-off election; If the Republicans win either, they maintain a majority
The race in Alaska was not the conservative lean on the national map of competitive competitions at the start of the election cycle but Al Gross – a commercial hunter, former orthopedic surgeon, and newcomer politician who said he would side with Democrats in the Senate – launched an aggressive challenge This with Mr. Low for Trump in the state to attract national financial support
The competition tightened and put Mr. Sullivan, like other Republicans in the Senate elected in 2014 who were seen as a rookie in the party, in unexpected danger as the Democrats were looking to expand their path to regain the majority
However, the hoped-for Democrat wave did not materialize Mr. Tillis was on his way to victory in North Carolina, according to findings outlined by Edison Research, and his Democratic rival admitted Tuesday.
Dr. Gross accused Mr. Sullivan during the campaign of failing to grasp just how badly Alaska’s economy grew amid the coronavirus pandemic and failed to act forcefully enough to change him pledging to use his medical background to play a leadership role in healthcare in Congress and Mr. Sullivan’s methods of repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act
Mr Sullivan D. Gross, whose father was a respected Alaska attorney general, was too liberal for the state and warned that if the Democrats took control of the White House and Congress, they would pursue an “anti-Alaska” agenda that would further damage the state’s economy and set New restrictions on energy production critical to her financial health
Mr. Sullivan also emphasized his efforts in favor of military installations in the state and his work in persuading Mr. Trump to sign the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for energy exploration – a long-awaited goal in Alaska in a last-minute appeal to Alaska voters, Mr. Trump also lifted restrictions That has long banned logging in the Tongas National Forest
To advance its efforts to nullify election results, President Trump’s campaign filed a federal lawsuit in Michigan on Wednesday alleging widespread wrongdoing and asking the judge not to allow local officials to vote “fraudulently or unlawfully”
The lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in Grand Rapids alleges that Wayne County election officials refused to allow Republican observers to monitor ballot processing at the TCF convention center in Detroit and alleges that officials illegally provided an unlimited number of ballot papers in order to make them Eligible for screening
In a similar case brought by the Trump campaign in state court, Lawyers for Democrats said around 100 Republican observers were in fact allowed to see the count in Detroit and the attorneys said the reason for removing some observers was that the room had already reached the limit under state law. >
The Trump campaign or their Republican proxies have filed about a dozen since Election Day in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, leveling a series of mainly small accusations that the vote count is tainted Some lawsuits have claimed – without much evidence – that Republican observers have been prevented from observing Count
Other lawsuits accused polling workers of infiltrating illegal ballot papers into counting rooms or using improperly automated voting machines to verify signatures
In each case, the judges rejected emergency requests to stop the count or nullify the votes, and some of them dealt with the campaign’s lawyer for harsh comments from the court.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads Mr. Trump in Michigan with more than 148,000 votes Even if the new lawsuit succeeds, it is unlikely that enough votes will lapse to alter the outcome of the race
To support their case, Trump campaign attorneys have submitted a 234-page file of grievances by nearly 100 people, many of them Republican observers, who have made untested allegations that Detroit poll workers have treated them unfairly.
Several Republican observers complained that people in the counting room were wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts. One of the observers said an election worker called her “Karen,” a colloquial reference to white women making unfounded complaints. / p>
Wayne County attorneys and the Michigan Secretary of State have yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Mark Elias, the attorney who has represented Democrats in election-related lawsuits across the country, said Wednesday morning that the Trump campaign and the local Republicans have lost all 12 lawsuits they have filed so far.
As the country enters in what may be the most severe phase of the epidemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely uninvolved.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is trying to take the lead, by appointing a coronavirus advisory board and inviting all Americans to wear masks, but until his January inauguration at the age of 20, he lacks the authority to mobilize a federal response
An average of more than 1,000 people died a day from the virus last week, putting the country on track to lose an additional 70,000 people before the inauguration. The number of hospital admissions Covid-19 reached an all-time high yesterday, reaching Daily number of new cases – nearly 140,000 – new high for fourth time in a week
White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said that President Trump and his administration “remain focused on saving lives,” referring to their efforts to produce a vaccine and treatments, adding that the White House HIV Task Force is “in constant contact with government and local officials” to provide assistance.
But Mr. Trump continues to wage war with his health officials he is said to have been furious after drugmaker Pfizer announced Monday that early clinical trial data indicated that its coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective. In a conversation with Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, said the president had accused the company and F began of conspiring to delay news that could have boosted his chances of re-election.
Trump aides said the president believed Pfizer could have announced the success of its clinical trial before November 3 but had deliberately chosen to suspend it, possibly not contaminating the company’s vaccine as a last-minute bid to save Mr. Trump’s bid for re-election White House aides were particularly angry that Mr Biden said publicly that his health advisers were aware of Pfizer’s findings on Sunday, before his aides said the news had reached the White House.
Beyond Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed, the federal tribune – a key component in an effective infectious disease response – largely silent Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s chief infectious disease expert, said in an interview Tuesday that the vaccine would be “a rule change The game “passes by time
Two prominent progressive groups, the Sunrise Movement and the Justice Democrats, urged President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday to name left-wing allies, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to hold senior government positions, launching an opening push in the left’s campaign to exert influence over Mr. Biden’s agenda
To underscore one of their top priorities, the groups have also invited Mr. Biden to establish a new office dedicated to climate change that reports directly to the President.
Public appeals from the Sunrise Movement, a group of young climate regulators, and Justice Democrats, a grassroots organization that helped elect people like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, signify the start of intense efforts on the left to pressure Mr. Biden about the formation of his executive branch and the immediate priorities of his administration. / p>
This step marks the end of the truce between Mr. Biden and the progressives, who have united behind his candidacy during the presidential campaign with the mission to defeat President Trump, but who have deep ideological differences between the generations
The recommendations are as high as a moon shot, and Mr. Biden, a longtime moderate, is unlikely to choose many of the names on offer, if he chooses any at all. Some recommendations are unlikely to go anywhere with the leaders of the Democratic Party. If the appointments could jeopardize Senate seats; Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Warren come from states with Republican governors, and it is not clear who will fill their seats if they become vacant.
It appears that many of the names aim to deliver more as a message to Mr. Biden and the Democrats in the Senate that progressive groups are serious about pushing him and his administration to the left and will not be satisfied with the moderate candidates who might be easier to get confirmation if Republicans maintain a Senate majority
Indeed, some liberal activist groups have warned Mr. Biden not to back down from his commitment to progressive politics since his election victory was announced on Saturday and with control of the Senate still unclear, progressives have shifted their focus to knowing how they can convince Mr. Biden enacts progressive policies through the executive branch, using executive orders and appointing leaders to positions that, in effect, act as guardians of policy.
“President-elect Biden must embrace this historic moment by preserving party unity and appointing progressive leaders who will help him enter the most progressive democratic administration in generations,” said Alexandra Rogas, Executive Director of Justice Democrats, in a statement
When President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. thanked black voters in his victory speech Saturday night for saving his campaign at its lowest and declared, “You have always been with me, and I will be with you,” Courtney Neelums did not cheer like the hundreds of others in attendance
Instead, when I heard Mr. Biden speak in Wilmington, Dell, from her hometown, Detroit, I felt somewhat skeptical.
“Well, let’s see if he’s really being honest about it,” Mrs. Neelums, 42, recalls thinking “My prayers are it’s not just words”
As black voters across the country celebrated the election of Mr. Biden and his deputy, Senator Kamala Harris of California, said in recent days that the administration must demonstrate its sincerity when it comes to addressing the nation’s massive inequalities and systemic barriers.
Mr. Biden attracted about 87 percent of the black vote in this year’s election at the same time, although President Trump, although widely seen as stoking racial hatred, has garnered a larger share of the vote. Blacks compared to 2016, and especially among men, according to opinion polls
In more than twenty interviews, some African-American voters echoed a long-standing political concern that they were under-appreciated, particularly within the Democratic Party that they had so strongly supported for decades
In his presidential bid, Mr. Biden’s political identity was shaped largely by the fact that he held the position of Vice President for Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president to capitalize on this experience to win the support of blacks, and it was the black voters in South Carolina that saved His initial campaign
He also addressed an issue that may have affected Black’s support, acknowledging that portions of his signature legislation have long represented U of the Senator, the Crimes Bill of 1994, was a mistake that focused much of his campaign presentation also on addressing racial disparities: the coronavirus pandemic Which disproportionately harms black and Latino societies and the episodes of police violence that have led to one of the largest protest movements in the nation’s history
Mr. Biden and Mrs. Rack Harris – the first black woman on a successful presidential ticket – huge margins on Mr. Trump in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, cities with large or predominantly black populations, greatly aided the president-elect in the swing states and contested states. Strongly
“It creates a situation where there is more pressure to provide for the needs of the black community,” said Isia Thomas, a black city councilor in Philadelphia. “I don’t think we can recreate this moment here so we have to get as much as possible for the poor and the people of color.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., upon taking the oath, must implement a Supreme Court order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations for LGBTI individuals. And gays
The application is part of a 24-page outline of the administrative work being published by the Human Rights Campaign today. The main focus is a call for implementation of the June Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, JA across the federal government The Trump administration has yet to implement venue protections. Working for LGibtis the federal personnel required by Bostock’s decision
The campaign document also includes requests by Mr. Biden to designate the first publicly state – LDjibouti Cabinet officials nominate their first lesbian, bisexual, or transgender ambassador; Order to collect data about LGibtis people in the census; Repeal the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people in the military; Termination of conversion therapy; End the ban on gay and bisexual blood donation
“We were looking forward to the administration keeping its promises,” said Alfonso David, head of the Human Rights Campaign, this scheme is a step forward from what we were before Trump.
The document asks the Biden administration to create an executive branch task force to address transgender violence and end the Mexico City policy, which blocks aid to foreign NGOs providing abortion services.
It also includes dozens of requests from federal agencies, including a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a national standard for bullying, a requirement for the Department of Labor to ensure that gender transition treatments qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act, and a request by the State Department to include a non-binary gender mark in passport applications Travel
“I think we will work cooperatively to implement these recommendations, and I think they will be our partners,” he said, “I don’t think we will need to force Joe Biden to arm Joe Biden strongly to believe that the Elgibtis people need to be treated with dignity.”
Senior officials in President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. This week raised the possibility of legal action that could compel a senior Trump administration official to allow the Mr. Biden transition to formally begin
But some legal experts have warned that such a move could easily backfire on Mr. Biden if he files a lawsuit in federal court and loses and hands Mr. Trump a verdict that he could use to support his false claim that the election was stolen.
Emily Murphy, Director of the Public Services Department, has the power to authorize when Mr. Biden’s transition obtains funds and office space and permission to interact with agency employees across government. So far, she has refused to grant those capabilities, saying the election results are unclear
On Monday night, Mr Biden’s officials were transferred. Biden said they were considering “legal action” to force Ms Hand of Murphy, Cameron French, a Biden transition spokesperson, refused to provide details on Tuesday about whether or what the team might take legal action. It seems so
Two attorneys who worked for the White House Counselor under Democratic Presidents said it would be a mistake for Biden’s team to try to persuade a federal court judge to force an official to act. The attorneys said such orders, known as warrants, are extremely rare and likely to fail. Retry
The judge’s ruling is also likely to be appealed, which could take weeks or months, leading to a decision long after the transition period expires on the day of the inauguration in January
The two attorneys refused to be named because they did not want to see him guess Biden Team but Bruce Green, professor of law and director of the Lewis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham University, echoed similar concerns.
“The probability of winning is low and the probability of being hit by political high,” Mr. Green said, adding that federal judges are not inclined to impose rulings on executive branch officials “It is extremely rare that they do not tell prosecutors what to do They will not tell G I what to do
Mr. Green said that if the judge ruled against Mr. Biden, the result would be a misunderstanding among many Americans, who would interpret the judge’s decision as an endorsement of Mr. Trump’s claims.
“Appearing in front of the audience would be that the court said he was not the potential president,” Mr. Green said, “When they really say they don’t have the power to make the responsible G I do its job”
Other attorneys have offered a more optimistic view of Mr. Biden’s chances of success If he sues in federal court to try to compel Mrs. Murphy to act on that opinion, federal judges will be sympathetic to the argument that Congress has never envisioned a GSS official impeding the entire transition of power
If the judge agrees with the transition team, the ruling may send a strong political message to Mr. Trump and the Republicans who stood by him that it is time to compromise.
In the week after Election Day, any hope that the results will end the turmoil that has characterized nearly four years in office for President Trump has long since ended. On Tuesday, Republicans clung hard to Trump’s false claim that he won the election as the scale of the damage became The Trump administration’s refusal to cooperate with the transition efforts is a clearer focus.
The White House Office of Management and Budget was planning budget proposals for next year as if Mr. Trump were to remain president. The head of the General Services Administration, appointed by Trump, still refuses to formally acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory, which it must do before he can start Important steps in the transition Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted “a smooth transition to the Trump administration again”.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., the election winner, continues to push the transition efforts despite the hurdles created by the president who will succeed
Mr. Biden’s transition team on Tuesday appointed the people who will lead the selection processes for senior officials in his administration, Mr. Biden is expected to meet with transition advisors on Wednesday
On Tuesday he spoke with four European leaders – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irishman Taoiseach Micheál Martin – all of whom recognized his victory and discussed cooperation between the United States. Countries and those states may appear to be under the Biden administration.
As all this continued, the composition of the new Congress became clearer, with the Democrats gaining a narrower majority in the House and the Republicans moving closer to maintaining a majority in the Senate The stakes were also evident in the Supreme Court, as the new conservative majority heard 6-3 to Arguments on a case that could override the Affordable Care Act just like mr Biden reiterated his pledge to expand this law.
Internal Republican divisions over the fate of Gina Haspel in the position of Party Director appeared, with some senior party leaders in the Senate showing their support while President Trump’s allies, including his son, pressed for her ouster
For weeks, Mr. Trump has been considering whether to fire Mrs. Haspel, he will be the first director.
Much of the anger among the president’s allies toward Mrs. Haspel stems from her opposition to declassifying documents relating to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, although some Republicans believe that the documents contain information that undermines the established facts about Trump’s campaign relations with Russia. External investigators, including some who reviewed it for the Senate report from both parties, say the documents support CI’s conclusions that Russia favored Mr. Trump in 2016
Tensions over Ms Haspel’s fate intensified after Mr Trump ordered a series of detachments at the Pentagon that began with the ouster of Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday and continued on Tuesday with the sacking of other key Pentagon officials, including the intelligence chief and the leader of the influential policy store Then the White House installed loyalists in many of the top defense positions.
Senior Republicans deftly came to Mrs. Haspel’s defense Tuesday, and Senator Mitch McConnell invited her to a clear meeting in his office
This prompted Arthur Schwartz, an unofficial advisor to Donald Trump Jr., to accuse senior Republicans of trying to manipulate Mr. Trump in keeping Mrs. Haspel, who Mr. Schwartz said “undermines Trump and sabotages his agenda at every turn” by referring to the lady was Haspel’s previous covert work Overseas manages informants, Mr. Schwartz said that Republicans are “playing the role of chief case officer”
Senator John Cornin of Texas responded on Twitter, saying that intelligence should not be partisan and that it was “about preserving the impartial and nonpartisan information necessary to inform policymakers”
This response called for Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, who asked whether the senators had discussed Mrs. Haspel with members of the administration “or,” concluded in an apparent criticism of Mrs. Haspel, “Do you use the word trained liar in everything? ”
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