Big govt, Corruption, Elections, Politics

China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe assessed that China interfered in the 2020 federal elections, according to a letter transmitted to Congress.

In the letter (pdf), Ratcliffe alleges that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA, which pressured analysts to withdraw their support for the view.

Citing a report by the Intelligence Community Analytic Ombudsman Barry Zulauf, the director of national intelligence said some analysts were reluctant to describe China’s actions as election interference because they disagreed with the policies of President Donald Trump.

The Washington Examiner published Ratcliffe’s letter and the ombudsman report on Jan. 17, ten days after publishing an original report on the documents. The ODNI did not respond to requests from The Epoch Times to authenticate the documents.

“Based on all available sources of intelligence, with definitions consistently applied, and reached independent of political considerations or undue pressure – that the People’s Republic of China sought to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections,” Ratcliffe wrote. Read more…

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Big govt, Courts, Elections, Politics

Supreme Court Refuses to Fast-Track Remaining Lawsuits Challenging Presidential Election Results

With nine days to go before Inauguration Day, the Supreme Court threw out a raft of requests this morning for expedited consideration of legal challenges to election results in multiple states by President Donald Trump’s campaign and Trump supporters.

The actions come after Congress voted Jan. 7 to dismiss all objections lodged by senators and representatives challenging Electoral College votes from disputed states narrowly won by the Democratic Party ticket of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Republican lawmaker support for the objections collapsed after multiple individuals bearing Trump campaign flags and paraphernalia ran amok in the United States Capitol while lawmakers were attempting to officially certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, delaying the process several hours.

Although the lawsuits acted on by the high court continue to be pending, the terms of office of the unsuccessful Republican Party ticket of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to end at 12 Noon on Jan. 20, at which point Biden and Harris will be sworn in, replacing them. Trump has said he will not attend the ceremony.

The Supreme Court, as is its custom, did not explain why it dismissed the emergency applications seeking fast-track consideration of the various lawsuits. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Elections, Politics

Chuck Schumer Calls for Immediate Removal of President Trump

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to immediately remove Trump from office, saying that if he does not act, Congress should impeach the president.

“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” Schumer said in a statement. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”

“If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he added. Read more…

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Congress Dismisses Objection to Electoral College Votes for Pennsylvania

The House and Senate voted to reject an objection to Electoral College votes for Pennsylvania in the early hours of Thursday.

Earlier, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined 80 House members led by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) in objecting to the state’s slate of 20 Electoral College votes for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a vote held late into the night on Wednesday.

There was no debate in the Senate over the objection prior to the 92-7 vote, as Hawley made his statement during the debate on the Arizona objection earlier in the night.

The House voted to reject the objection at a vote of 282-138 at 3:11 a.m. ET. The two chambers moved back to a joint session to continue the counting of electoral votes around 3:23 a.m. ET.

Hawley was the first senator and among the first lawmakers to announce that he would object to the certification of electoral college votes.

He was joined by six other Republican senators who voted in favor of the objection: Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Cynthia Lummis (Wy.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). Read more…

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Elections, Issues, Politics

Trump Addresses Nation Following Violence In D.C. In Video Statement

President Donald Trump released a video statement on Wednesday that addressed the violence that broke out on Capitol Hill following a rally that he held earlier in the day.

In the video, which was severely limited by Twitter, Trump made claims about the election being stolen that have not been substantiated by law enforcement officials. Former Attorney General William Barr, a favorite among the president’s base, previously stated that federal investigators “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

In the video, Trump stated:

I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now, we have to have peace. We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us — from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So, go home. We love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace. Read more…

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Elections, Politics

‘Save America March’ Outside White House

The “Save America March” is taking place today at the Ellipsis at the White House – informally called “the President’s Lawn.” Gates opened at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m.

A host of high-profile Trump supporters are expected to speak including Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Amy Kremer, Rudy Giuliani, Katrina Pierson, Boris Epshteyn, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Diamond and Silk, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, Roger Stone, Benny Johnson, Scott Presler, Bernie Kerik, and Ali Alexander.

Trump is expected to speak at 11:00 a.m.

The rally is part of a two-day event that has brought people to the nation’s capitol to protest the vote expected today in Congress to confirm the electoral college tally, which would put Joe Biden in the White House. Read more…

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Elections, Issues, Politics, Violence

National Guard en Route to Capitol on Orders From Trump

The National Guard and other forces are on their way to the U.S. Capitol after people dressed in pro-Trump apparel stormed the building on Wednesday, interrupting a joint session of Congress.

At President Donald Trump’s direction, “the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

“We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful,” she added.

After the protesters entered the building, triggering the evacuation of members of Congress, at least one person appeared to have been shot.

U.S. Capitol police were making arrests but appeared overwhelmed. They had barricaded the House chambers, and some were pointing guns at the doors as protestors peered in.

Trump urged people to “remain peaceful,” adding, “No violence!” He also asked supporters to respect the police. Read more…

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Flashback: Democrats object to counting Electoral College votes in 2000 and 2004

The last three times a Republican has been elected President of the United States, Democrats in the House of Representatives have brought objections to the electoral votes the Republican nominee won.

Democrats in the House objected to both of former President George W. Bush’s victories in 2000 and 2004 and President Trump’s win in 2016.

Last week, Senator Josh Hawley (R- MO) announced he will object to Electoral College certification, which brought swift condemnation from Democrats who praised their own party’s objections to GOP victories in 2000,2004 and 2016.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the Republican’s objections to the 2020 election “conspiracy and fantasy.”

Schumer said, “The effort by the sitting president of the United States to overturn the results is patently undemocratic. The effort by others to amplify and burnish his ludicrous claims of fraud is equally revolting.”

“This is America. We have elections. We have results. We make arguments based on the fact and reason – not conspiracy and fantasy,” he added. However, Democrats have been challenging the electoral vote for every GOP victory for the last two decades. Read more…

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Georgia State Senators Call on Pence to Delay Jan. 6 Electoral Vote

Republican state senators in Georgia started a push on Monday to delay the Jan. 6 counting of electoral votes. At least a dozen have signed a letter directed to Vice President Mike Pence asking him to officially delay the count – and the number is still growing.

“There’s about 16 or 18 of us now that signed this letter to the Vice President … asking him to delay the electoral vote for 10 to 12 days,” Sen. Brandon Beach told The Epoch Times.

“We were going to get it to him tomorrow morning,” Beach said, adding that more Senators might still sign on.

Beach says that he is concerned about the integrity of the election. “People are saying yeah there is something here, there’s something that just doesn’t pass the smell test—that there was some irregularities, there was some impropriety going on in the voting process,” he said.

Ballots and voting machines need to be forensically audited, especially in Fulton county, said Beach. The biggest concerns he has relate to the State Farm Arena’s vote-tabulation center in Atlanta. It appears that a state election monitor was absent for a part of the counting process and that Republican poll watchers were led to believe the counting was over when it in fact wasn’t. Read more…

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Elections, Politics

Rep. Jim Jordan to Challenge Electoral Votes: ‘We Have a Duty to Step Forward’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he will challenge the electoral votes on Jan. 6 because Democrats weaponized mail-in ballot initiatives in key states to create “confusion” and “chaos.”

“The ultimate arbiter here, the ultimate check and balance is the United States Congress and when something is done in an unconstitutional fashion, which happened in several of these states, we have a duty to step forward and have this debate and have this vote on the 6th of January,” Jordan said Sunday in an interview with Fox Business, explaining why he is joining a challenge led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).

It came as about a dozen senators led by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have pledged they would join the House GOP challenge, which requires a senator and representative to carry out.

Jordan, who is the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said that Republican House members were aware of plans to delay vote-counting and expand mail-in ballots.

“The Oversight Committee and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee put out this report and we said Democrats were going to do that,” he said. “We called this last summer and said on election night President [Donald] Trump is going to be winning but [Democrats] want the chaos and confusion created around mail-in voting.” Read more…

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