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'Very, highly unlikely' Trump wins Arizona, no evidence of fraud, Republican state attorney general

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump is “very, highly unlikely” to win enough of the still-uncounted ballots in Arizona to defeat President-elect Joe Biden, that state’s Republican attorney general said Wednesday.

And there is no evidence so far that Arizona’s votes were tainted by fraud or other irregularities that would affect the election, said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

“It does appear Joe Biden will win Arizona,” Brnovich said in an interview on Fox Business.

NBC News has not yet projected a winner in Arizona’s presidential election. The Democratic former vice president Biden currently holds a lead of just under 13,000 votes, a margin of less than .4 percentage points over Trump, in the state.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/11/trump-unlikely-to-beat-biden-in-arizona-no-fraud-seen-state-ag-says.html

Philadelphia GOP city commissioner: 'Bad actors' are 'lying' about election fraud

Source: The Hill

Republican Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt responded Wednesday to attacks on him by President Trump over the tabulation of votes in the city, warning that “bad actors” were “lying” about the vote-counting process.

“I think people should be mindful that there are bad actors who are lying to them,” Schmidt said on CNN’s “New Day.” “And they need to turn to people that they trust and to sources of information that they trust and not rumors and not nonsense included in the lawsuits or anything else like that, to make sure that they have confidence in this system, and that their vote, regardless of who they voted for, is going to be counted.”

Trump blasted Schmidt in a tweet Wednesday morning, saying Schmidt was “being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/525483-philadelphia-gop-city-commissionerbad-actors-are-lying-about-election

Adam Schiff : Imagine if this happened in another country


Agencies told to plan Trump's next budget in another sign of election defiance

Source: Press Herald/WP

WASHINGTON — The White House budget office has instructed federal agencies to continue preparing the administration’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, according to multiple administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of private conversations.

The White House budget proposal is typically issued in February, which would be at least two weeks after President Trump is scheduled to depart the White House. He lost the Nov. 3 election to Joe Biden and Biden is set to be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021, though Trump has refused to accept the results.

The decision to proceed with Trump’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year has rankled and surprised several career staffers given Biden’s victory in the presidential election, as well as the fact that the incoming Biden administration is expected to submit its budget plan to Congress early next year.

The insistence on budget planning, even though Trump won’t be in office to offer a budget in February, is part of a recent pattern of behavior from White House officials and senior political appointees that have shown a rejection of the election results.

Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/11/10/white-house-tells-federal-agencies-to-adhere-to-plans-for-trumps-february-budget-in-latest-sign-of-election-defiance/

Biden says Trump failure to concede embarrassing

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

President-elect Joe Biden says President Donald Trump’s failure to recognize his victory is an “embarrassment.”

It marked the sharpest critique yet from the incoming president at the incumbent, as Trump’s team has refused to formally begin preparations for the transition.

Taking questions from reporters Tuesday for the first time since his victory, Biden predicted that “it will not help the president’s legacy.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-politics-james-anderson-mark-esper-f342a84b930d3573ebaafd185db76021?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

Senate GOP say Biden team doesn't need immediate access to government to begin transition

Source: The Hill

Senate Republicans said Tuesday that Joe Biden, whom media groups have projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, doesn’t need authority from the General Services Administration (GSA) to formally begin the transition of power.

Emily Murphy, the GSA administrator and a Trump appointee, has not yet issued a letter of ascertainment to allow Biden’s team to formally begin the transfer of power.

Without it, Biden’s advisors don’t have access to government offices or secure briefing facilities, which would allow them to begin background checks of potential nominees.


“I don’t think anything that’s occurred so far interrupts an ordinary process of moving through the various steps that I indicated and allowing, if there is a new administration, it to work through the transition. All of these steps will be taken at the appropriate time,” McConnell told reporters after being re-elected for another term as majority leader.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/525316-senate-gop-say-biden-team-doesnt-need-immediate-access-to-government-to-begin

Lawyers can't find the parents of 666 migrant kids, a higher number than previously reported

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — Lawyers working to reunite migrant families separated by the Trump administration before and during its "zero tolerance" policy at the border now believe the number of separated children for whom they have not been able to find parents is 666, higher than they told a federal judge last month, according to an email obtained by NBC News.

About one third of those children were under 5 at the time of the separation, according to a source familiar with the data.

In the email, Steven Herzog, the attorney leading efforts to reunite the families, explains that the number is higher because the new group includes those "for whom the government did not provide any phone number." Previously, the lawyers said they could not find the parents of 545 children after they had tried to make contact but had been unsuccessful.

Herzog said in the email to Justice Department attorneys representing the Trump administration, "we would appreciate the government providing any available updated contact information, or other information that may be helpful in establishing contact for all 666 of these parents."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/lawyers-can-t-find-parents-666-migrant-kids-higher-number-n1247144?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Esper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us'

Source: The Hill

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview published Monday that if his replacement is “a real yes man” then “God help us.”

In an interview last week with the Military Times, the now-former secretary said he decided to pick his fights with President Trump while as the head of the Department of Defense, adding he had no regrets in how he handled himself.

“At the end of the day, it’s as I said — you’ve got to pick your fights,” he told the Military Times on Nov. 4. “I could have a fight over anything, and I could make it a big fight, and I could live with that —why? Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.”

When asked if other Defense secretaries have spent as much time attempting to balance the president’s wishes with their potential national security effects, he said, “Probably not. I don’t know, I’ve only worked for a couple.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/525158-esper-if-my-replacement-is-a-real-yes-man-then-god-help-us

Hot-mic on Fox News


David Bossie: Key Trump legal adviser tests positive for Covid-19, report says

Source: Independent UK

David Bossie, the adviser leading Donald Trump's post-election political and legal battle has tested positive for Covid-19, according to reports.

Mr Bossie was tapped for the role after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was diagnosed with coronavirus.

He is now the sixth person to test positive for coronavirus since the election night party in the East Room of the White House.

In addition to Mr Meadows, housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson, and four staffers have fallen ill.ING: Trump outside adviser David Bossie tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, sources tell me.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/david-bossies-covid-trump-white-house-b1719947.html


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