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Fauci blasts Trump’s claim that CDC exaggerated Covid numbers

Donald Trump demanded Georgia’s secretary of state “find” him enough votes to overturn his election defeat in a hour-long harangue.

Mr Trump berated the state’s Republican election chief Brad Raffensperger in a taped phone call published by the Washington Post.

Throughout the call Mr Raffensperger and his officials reportedly told the outgoing president that Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.

Earlier White House advisor Peter Navarro has called for President-elect Joe Biden’s 20 January inauguration to be postponed, despite the call being at odds with the Constitution. 

 Appearing on Fox News show “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Mr Navarro suggested that Mr Biden’s inauguration could be postponed if Vice President Mike Pence ordered an investigation into the November election results.

“I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this,” the White House advisor said, referring to the election results. “And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done. And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won’t vote the right way on that.”

Mr Navarro appeared to be referring to the Wednesday joint session chaired by Mr Pence that is expected to see Biden’s victory certified, despite opposition from some GOP senators.

Under the Constitution, the terms of a new president and vice president must begin on 20 January and it is unclear how the handover could be delayed.

President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Mr Navarro’s claims, however. 

In a separate tweet, the US leader also baselessly accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of exaggerating the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and resulting deaths in the US as the country’s death toll surpassed 350,000. 

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Former Republican congressman urges Nancy pelosi to impeach Trump

David Jolly took to Twitter to urge the House Speaker to impeach Donald Trump over the newly released tape of his phone call to the Georgia secretary of state.

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 21:07

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Florida official demands Mar-a-Lago be closed down for parties breaching Covid rules

Florida Democratic State Representative Omari Hardy has called for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to be closed down after breaching Covid rules.

“I am calling on Palm Beach County to fine Mar-a-Lago and to shut it down. The County must be assured that this business will comply with our local mask mandate before it is allowed to reopen,” CBS12 reported Mr Hardy as saying.

Gustaf Kilander has more below:

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 20:05

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Senator attacks Trump over Georgia phone call

“This is an audiotape of the President threatening criminal charges against an election official unless he “recalculates” the vote to “find 11,780” votes,” said Senator Chris Murphy, of Connecticut.”

“And hundreds of Republicans in Congress (a dozen in the Senate) are cheering him on.

“Revolting.”

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 19:30

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Trump demanded Georgia’s secretary of state ‘find’ him votes to overturn election result in hour-long harangue, report claims

Donald Trump demanded Georgia’s secretary of state “find” him enough votes to overturn his election defeat in a hour-long harangue.

Mr Trump berated the state’s Republican election chief Brad Raffensperger in a taped phone call released by the Washington Post.

Throughout the call Mr Raffensperger and his officials reportedly told the outgoing president that Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.

And they repeatedly told Mr Trump that his claims were based on a string of false and debunked conspiracy theories, says the Post, which published a recording of the wild call.

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 18:48

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Dr Fauci says Biden’s vaccine plan is ‘a realistic goal’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has backed President-Elect Joe Biden’s plan to see 100 million shots of the coronavirus vaccine administered within his administration’s first 100 days as a “realistic goal”. 

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week”, Dr Fauci said: “We can do 1 million people per day. You know we’ve done massive vaccination programs.”

“There’s no reason why we can’t do it right now,” he said. 

Dr Fauci said the rollout of vaccinations had been picking up, but he said the situation was “not where we want to be”. 

Chantal Da Silva3 January 2021 18:30

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Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene says its ‘possible’ Trump supporters can overturn election

QAnon-supporting congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene says its ‘possible’ Donald Trump supporters can overturn the election he lost.

The freshman politician made the comments to Maria Bartiromo as she appeared on her Fox Business Channel show.

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 18:00

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Ted Cruz claims electoral commission could ‘set aside’ election results

Senator Ted Cruz told Maria Bartiromo that his proposed electoral commission could ultimately ‘set aside’ the results fo the 2020 election won by Joe Biden.

Mr Cruz is among a group of 11 senators who this week say they plan to refuse to certify the electoral college results that will send Mr Biden to the White House.

They have demanded that an emergency electoral commission is established to look into unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 17:41

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Lindsey Graham blasts Ted Cruz’s ‘political dodge’

Senator Lindsey Graham broke rank with his GOP colleagues and attacked their calls for an electoral commission to probe the 2020 election results.

Mr Graham took to Twitter to call the plan by Ted Cruz “more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.”

Mr Cruz is leading a group of senators and senators-elect that say they will not certify the electoral college results unless the commission is established.

Graeme Massie3 January 2021 17:15

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GOP Rep. says ‘history will be unforgiving’ to those who do not back effort to challenge Biden’s win

GOP Rep. Brian Babin, a staunch Trump supporter, has warned fellow Republicans that “history will be unforgiving” if they do not back an effort to challenge President-Elect Joe Biden’s November election victory. 

On Wednesday, the results of the election are expected to be certified by Congress. 

However, a number of GOP Congress members have said they will object to the election results, with some calling for an investigation into unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

In a tweet, Mr Babin said he had spoken with “TONS of Jan. 6 election objectors”. 

“Talked strategy – VERY encouraged! @HouseGOP/@SenateGOP: time to stand up & be counted,” he said. “This is a pivotal moment. Those who aren’t with us are against us – history will be unforgiving.”

Chantal Da Silva3 January 2021 16:10

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White House advisor Peter Navarro calls for Joe Biden’s inauguration to be delayed

White House advisor Peter Navarro has called for President-elect Joe Biden’s 20 January inauguration to be postponed, in apparent defiance of the Constitution.

 Appearing on Fox News show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Saturday, Mr Navarro suggested that Mr Biden’s inauguration could be postponed if Vice President Mike Pence ordered an investigation into the November election results.

“Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done. And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won’t vote the right way on that,” he said.

After being pointed to the fact that the Constitution maintains that the terms of a new president and vice president must begin on 20 January, Mr Navarro insisted that it was possible for the inauguration to be delayed. 

Chantal Da Silva3 January 2021 15:51

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