Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Emails show the increasingly urgent efforts by President Trump and his allies during his last days in office to find some way to undermine, or even nullify, the election results.

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Congress Needs to Defend Vote Counting, Not Just Vote Casting

A voting rights law before Congress does not fully address the imminent threats to representative democracy in the United States.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #raffensperger-brad, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump’s Criminal Investigation Into His Finances

“Witch Hunt,” meet grand jury.

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He Fought Trump’s 2020 Lies. He Also Backs New Scrutiny of Ballots.

Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, told The Times that a new, disinformation-driven attempt to inspect 2020 ballots wouldn’t unearth wrongdoing, and would help restore voter confidence.

#georgia, #hice-jody-1960, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Long After Trump’s Loss, a Push to Inspect Ballots Persists

Efforts to review 2020 ballots in Georgia and Arizona reflect the staying power of Donald Trump’s falsehoods, and Democrats fear that the findings could be twisted by Republicans.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #maricopa-county-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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Bee Nguyen, Georgia Democrat, Enters Race for Secretary of State

Ms. Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, is the first major Democrat to announce a bid for the seat held by Brad Raffensperger, the Republican who defied former President Donald Trump.

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Georgia’s New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion

A reminder from a January phone call that the reform bill by congressional Democrats may not have the proper protections.

#absentee-voting, #elections, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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The Republican Party Is Driving the Nation’s Democratic Decline

This is what it looks like when a political party turns against democracy itself.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #shirkey-michael-j, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Joe Biden Did Not Appear to Be a Master of Disguise

Whether you like him or hate him, the president isn’t quite who we thought he was.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #gun-control, #immigration-and-emigration, #raffensperger-brad, #truman-harry-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Push for Greater Power Over How Elections Are Run

G.O.P. lawmakers in at least eight states controlled by the party are trying to seize more influence over the mechanics of voting, in an effort that could further undermine the country’s democratic norms.

#elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump Endorses a Loyalist, Jody Hice, for Georgia Secretary of State

By supporting a challenger to Georgia’s current secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, the former president signaled that he wants Republicans who opposed his election falsehoods to pay politically.

#elections-secretary-of-state, #endorsements, #georgia, #hice-jody-1960, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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A Political Hurricane Blew Through Georgia. Now It’s Bracing for More.

The country’s most hotly contested state has calmed down after months of drama, court fights and national attention (even the death threats have slowed). But new storms are on the horizon.

#abrams-stacey-y, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #warnock-raphael-g

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In Georgia, a New District Attorney Starts Circling Trump and His Allies

Fani Willis has opened a criminal investigation into efforts by the Trump camp to overturn the former president’s loss in Georgia. In an interview, Ms. Willis described a wide-ranging inquiry.

#elections-district-attorneys, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #willis-fani-t

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Georgia Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation of Trump Phone Call

Fulton County prosecutors have sent letters to state officials instructing them to preserve documents related to the January call, win which former President Donald J. Trump’s asked the Georgia secretary of state to “find” votes.

#fulton-county-ga, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Georgia Officials Review Trump’s Phone Call to Raffensperger

The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has initiated a fact-finding inquiry into Donald Trump’s January phone call to Mr. Raffensperger pressuring him to “find” votes.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Georgia Senate Victories of Warnock and Ossoff Are Certified

The official acknowledgment of wins by Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock begins the process of seating the upset victors.

#elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #ossoff-jon, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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A Bipartisan Case for Impeaching Trump and Barring Him From Office

It’s not a complex case. There’s no real reason for the Senate not to try him immediately.

#constitution-us, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #raffensperger-brad, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Georgia, Trump’s Attacks on Election Still Haunt Republicans

In the aftermath of President Trump’s efforts to subvert the election, state officials face harassment and threats, and a district attorney is weighing an inquiry into the president’s actions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #georgia, #impeachment, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Lawyer on Trump Election Call Quits Firm After Uproar

The law firm, Foley & Lardner, had distanced itself from Cleta Mitchell after a recording of the call revealed she helped the president pressure Georgia elections officials.

#legal-profession, #mitchell-cleta, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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How Trump Could Affect Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia Race

As the president pursues his own agenda, the fallout could have longstanding repercussions in a state where Republicans have dominated for years.

#elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

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President Trump vs. Democracy

A republic works only when the losers of elections accept the results and the legitimacy of their opponents.

#georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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A Full Guide to the Georgia Senate Election Runoff

Control of the Senate is at stake. The candidates have shattered spending records. President Trump hovers over the two contests. Here is what we’re keeping an eye on as voters head to the polls.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #warnock-raphael-g

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Can Only Republicans Legitimately Win Elections?

Trump and many of the G.O.P.’s leaders seem to think so, with ominous consequences for the future.

#absentee-voting, #cotton-tom, #elections-house-of-representatives, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Late Night Returns in Time for Another Perfect Trump Call

Just as the hosts’ holiday break was ending, President Trump asked Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” some more votes for him.

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Target Trump’s ‘Perfect’ Georgia Call

Just as the hosts’ holiday break was ending, President Trump asked Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” some more votes for him.

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To Defend Democracy, Investigate Trump’s Georgia Call

There needs to be a cost to trying to overthrow an election.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #georgia, #impeachment, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters

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Is It Too Late to Impeach Trump Again?

The president showed this weekend that he still has Georgia on his mind.

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Transcript: President Trump’s Phone Call With Georgia Election Officials

The president pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the results of the election in an hourlong phone conversation. Here is a transcript of the audio recording.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Debunked Election Claims in Georgia Call

The president recited a number of viral online falsehoods involving dead voters, Dominion voting machines, shredded ballots and a water leak, among other baseless claims of fraud.

#conspiracy-theories, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump Repeats Debunked Election Claims in Call With Georgia Official

The president recited a number of viral online falsehoods involving dead voters, Dominion voting machines, shredded ballots and a water leak, among other baseless claims of fraud.

#conspiracy-theories, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Highlights of Trump’s Call With the Georgia Secretary of State

The president pressed the secretary, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough ballots for him to overturn the election.

#georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Trump Call to Georgia Official Might Violate State and Federal Law

The president’s demand for action to overturn the result of the election in the state raised questions about whether he violated election fraud statutes, lawyers said, though a charge is unlikely.

#bromwich-michael-r, #elections, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Pressured Georgia Official to ‘Find’ Enough Votes to Overturn Election

The president vaguely warned of a “criminal offense” as he pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a call, according to audio excerpts.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Knocking on Two Million Doors in Georgia

Control of the Senate could hinge on Black voters — and on an ambitious effort to get them to the polls in the largest numbers ever for the Jan. 5 runoff elections.

#abrams-stacey-y, #black-people, #black-voters-matter, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #fair-fight, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #leveda-walker, #midterm-elections-2018, #new-georgia-project, #nse-ufot, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Bonus: Kara and Maggie Haberman Debrief on Brad Raffensperger

They also talk Trump and the future of the Republican Party.

#conspiracy-theories, #georgia, #haberman-maggie, #new-york-times, #presidential-elections-us, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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In Georgia, Can Elections Be Boring Again?

Georgia’s secretary of state infuriated Donald Trump when he stood by Georgia’s presidential election results. Now he has the critical task of overseeing two U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine the fate of the nation.

#georgia, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Georgia Recertifies Election Results, Affirming Biden’s Victory

The move was the latest blow to President Trump’s attempts to subvert the election results. But battles over the process of voting in Georgia are likely to continue.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cobb-county-ga, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j

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Georgia Officials Warn Trump’s Election Claims Could Hurt G.O.P. in Senate Runoff

President Trump has continued to repeat baseless allegations surrounding his loss, and Republican state officials argue that it is undermining public trust in the elections process.

#elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Americans Voted in Huge Numbers. Is That the Future of Elections?

Almost 160 million people voted this year, as new options made necessary by the pandemic removed many of the traditional barriers to casting ballots.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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A Gathering Political Storm Hits Georgia, With Trump on the Way

With two crucial Senate seats up for grabs, Mike Pence and Barack Obama joined the fray in support of their party’s candidates, and President Trump is headed there on Saturday.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #obama-barack, #ossoff-jon, #pence-mike, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #wood-l-lin

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The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Republicans encouraged Trumpist havoc. Now it’s coming for them.

#arizona, #caputo-michael-r, #conservatism-us-politics, #digenova-joseph-e, #georgia, #perlstein-rick, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #trump-donald-j

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Here Are the Threats Terrorizing Election Workers

Incendiary rhetoric by President Trump and his followers is fueling a wave of threats against election workers. Some have received death threats and images of nooses and been told “You’re a traitor.”

#digenova-joseph-e, #elections, #krebs-christopher-c, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Georgia Republicans Seek Cover From Trump’s Fury Over Loss

Many in the state G.O.P. are expending significant effort — and contorting themselves into political pretzels — to navigate the president’s outrage over his loss, hoping to retain the support of his base.

#deal-nathan, #elections, #elections-senate, #georgia, #isakson-johnny, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #new-georgia-project, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #sterling-gabriel-1970, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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The Deep State Is on a Roll

Three cheers for Anthony Fauci and all the other glorious cogs.

#bibas-stephanos, #chatfield-lee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #shirkey-michael-j, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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‘It Has to Stop’: Georgia Election Official Lashes Trump

Gabriel Sterling, a voting system official in Georgia, harshly criticized the president for failing to condemn threats of violence against people overseeing the voting system in his state.

#elections, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sterling-gabriel, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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As Trump Attacks Georgia Republicans, Party Worries About Senate Races

Some Republicans in the state fear that the doubt President Trump is sowing about the fairness of the election could depress turnout for the crucial Senate runoff races.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

They refuted conspiracy theories, certified results, dismissed lawsuits and repudiated a president of their own party.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #tina-barton, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Those Who Told the Truth in This Election

Civil servants, elected officials and judges did their jobs and protected democracy.

#elections-senate, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #georgia, #maricopa-county-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #romney-mitt, #senate, #thanksgiving-day, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

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Georgia and Michigan Deliver Blows to Trump’s Efforts to Undo the Election

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was certified as the winner in Georgia, and Michigan Republicans said they had no information that would change the tally in a state Mr. Biden also won.

#georgia, #michigan, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

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Hand Tally of Georgia Ballots Reaffirms Biden’s Win

The audited vote totals showed that Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the state by 12,284 votes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #floyd-county-ga, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j

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