Trump Committed to Challenging Election Beyond Joint Session on Jan. 6

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Trump Committed to Challenging Election Beyond Joint Session on Jan. 6

January 5, 2021 Updated: January 5, 2021

President Donald Trump intends to continue pursuing challenges to the outcome of the 2020 election in as many as eight states regardless of the result of the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, when lawmakers will vet and count Electoral College votes.

During a Jan. 4 rally at an airfield in Dalton, Georgia, the president told a crowd of thousands of supporters to expect more news about the challenges to the election over the next two weeks.

“You watch what happens over the next couple of weeks. You watch what’s going to come out. Watch what’s going to be revealed,” the president said.

“That was a rigged election, but we’re still fighting it and you’ll see what’s going to happen.

“You can lose and that’s acceptable. You lose, you lose … but when you win in a landslide and they steal it and it’s rigged, it’s not acceptable.”

Trump later said he’ll be in Georgia to campaign against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “in about a year and a half,” which suggests that the president views the post-election challenge as a long-term battle. Kemp and Raffensperger, who certified former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner of the election in the Peach State, both have been largely uncooperative with Trump’s requests to audit the election.

Most recently, they objected to a signature audit in Fulton County, the state’s most populous county, according to Trump.

The president was in Georgia to drum up support for Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Senate candidate David Perdue for the runoff election set to conclude on Jan. 5. While Loeffler and Perdue have both committed to objecting to slates of Biden electors from disputed states during the joint congressional session on Jan. 6, it’s unclear if either will participate, since the results of the runoff elections may not be known for days.

The importance of the joint session has continued to grow as dozens of lawsuits by Trump’s legal team and a handful of third parties have been dismissed by courts in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. Only a handful of the cases featured evidentiary hearings, while the vast majority were dismissed on procedural grounds.

Trump added a layer of significance to the events on Jan. 6 by issuing an unprecedented call for supporters to descend on Washington that day for a “big” and “wild” protest. Some of the organizers believe the event may turn into the biggest Trump rally in history.

More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have committed to objecting to slates of Biden electors on Jan. 6, according to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. At least 74 have done so publicly, according to a tally by The Epoch Times. A group of 13 senators has committed to adding their names to the objections.

The objection plan appears to have split the GOP, with 27 Republicans in the Senate and at least 10 Republicans in the House opposing the idea.

An objection to each slate of electors will trigger two hours of debate followed by a vote by each chamber on which slate should be counted. Republican electors in seven states have sent procedural electoral votes to Congress. Democrats have the majority in the House and enough Republican support in the Senate to certify the Biden electors.

‘I Hope Mike Pence Comes Through for Us’

Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as the president of the Senate, will lead the joint session set to begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 6. While the Electoral Count Act restricts Pence’s role to the opening of the envelopes containing the Electoral College votes, some experts argue Pence has more options because the act could be unconstitutional.

Fellow Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) attempted to force a court to clarify Pence’s role by suing the vice president. The lawsuit was tossed, and Pence’s options remain unclear.

“The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Jan. 5.

“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us,” Trump said at the rally in Georgia the night before. “If he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much. No, Mike is a great guy. He’s a wonderful man and a smart man and a man that I like a lot. But he’s going to have a lot to say about it. You know one thing with him: you’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight.”

Pence has spent hours huddling with Trump, staff, and the Senate parliamentarian ahead of the Jan. 6 proceedings. People close to the vice president have stressed his respect for institutions and said they expect him to act in accordance with the law and follow the Constitution.

David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth and a friend of Pence, told The Associated Press: “I think he will approach this as a constitutionalist, basically, and say, ‘What’s my role in the Constitution as president of the Senate?’

“What he’ll do is allow anybody who is going to move to object to be heard, but then abide by what the majority of the Senate makes the outcome.”

Pence was in Georgia on Jan. 4 campaigning for Loeffler and Perdue. In a speech at Rock Springs Church in Milner, the vice president told the crowd that “we’ll have our day in Congress.” The vice president subsequently made an extensive appeal to faith, suggesting that he doesn’t view himself as being in a position to take an election-altering stand on Jan. 6.

“Even when things don’t seem like they’re going the way we expected, they’re going the way He expected,” Pence said, urging the audience to pray.

‘He’s Just Such a Fighter’

Trump supporters who attended the rally in Dalton, Georgia, appreciated Trump’s relentless push to challenge the election results.

“I think he’s just such a fighter,” Amy Hicks, a homemaker from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, told The Epoch Times. “While most Republican candidates, if they lost they wouldn’t fight for it, he’s not the typical person or politician, and he never has been in his four years in office.

“If they certify [Biden] tomorrow, Trump, I don’t think he’ll ever concede. He’ll just move on.”

Thousands of supporters walked for half an hour on a pitch dark rural road from the police checkpoint to the rally on the airfield at the Dalton Municipal Airport. The crowd broke into chants of “Four more years,” “Fight for Trump,” and “Stop the steal” throughout the president’s speech, suggesting that his supporters view the election as a done deal.

“It’s within his right to fight as long and hard as he can, based on our Constitution,” Glen Ruggiero, of Canton, Georgia, told The Epoch Times. “To just give up because you don’t want to divide a country, we’re already divided. To give up because you want a smooth transition, they can make a transition anytime.

“As long as he is following what’s been provided for him within the constitution from our founding fathers, I believe he should fight to the very end.”

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McConnell Introduces Competing Bill Combining $2,000 Stimulus Checks With Other Trump-Backed Issues

Stimulus Checks Update!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to open up the senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Dec. 20, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

McConnell Introduces Competing Bill Combining $2,000 Stimulus Checks With Other Trump-Backed Issues

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that combines the $2,000 direct payments requested by President Donald Trump with other issues the president backs, including repealing a law that shields big tech companies and a review of voter fraud allegations.

News of the new bill came after McConnell earlier blocked a request for unanimous consent for the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), which would grant $2,000 direct payments but was missing the two other demands Trump had outlined when signing the omnibus spending measure and attached COVID relief bills on Sunday.

In a floor speech, McConnell pointed to Trump’s conditions for signing the $900 billion stimulus bill on Sunday, which include an increase direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000, limit legal protections on tech companies, and for Congress to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election.

“Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together. This week the Senate will begin a process to bring those three priorities into focus,” McConnell said.

Meanwhile, he called on fellow Republicans to follow the House’s lead in overriding Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021.

Trump last week vetoed the NDAA, in part, because it did not include the removal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The president said the bill “fails to include critical national security measures,” and is a “gift to China and Russia.”

As part of McConnell’s proposal, Section 230, which shields some technology companies such as Google and Facebook from most liability lawsuits, would be repealed in his new bill and a committee on the “integrity and administration” of the 2020 election would be created to examine voter fraud allegations amid contested election results. Both measure acknowledge Trump’s requests as he invoked the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 on Sunday.



The commission would “make recommendations to Congress to improve the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections,” the bill states.

Schumer has voiced his opposition to McConnell’s move to honor the president’s requests when signing off on the government spending bills.

“If Sen. McConnell tries loading up the bipartisan House-passed CASH Act with unrelated, partisan provisions that will do absolutely nothing to help struggling families across the country, it will not pass the House and cannot become law—any move like this by Sen. McConnell would a blatant attempt to deprive Americans of a $2,000 survival check,” he said in a statement.

“Will Senate Republicans go along with Sen. McConnell’s cynical gambit or will they push him to give a vote on the standalone House-passed CASH Act?”

“It will not pass the House and cannot become law,” Schumer continued, referring to the Democratic-majority House of Representatives. “Senator McConnell knows how to make $2,000 survival checks reality and he knows how to kill them.”

It is unclear when McConnell’s bill might get a vote. McConnell’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times. His office has not publicly announced the new bill.

McConnell indicated on Tuesday that the Senate would “begin a process” to focus on the issues highlighted in his new bill this week.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

Big Tech’s Influence in Biden Ticket, 2020 Election Raises Concerns

December 29, 2020 Updated: December 29, 2020

Big Tech companies have been accused of meddling in the 2020 election, and their employees have obtained influential roles within the Biden-Harris organization, which critics say could signal a return to the friendly stance held by the Obama administration toward Silicon Valley.

At issue is how these companies used their funding or engaged in censorship ahead of the election. A report from The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society alleges that $500 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was given to election officials and used to violate election laws. The money was allegedly used to improperly influence the election in favor of Biden, with the bulk of the funds going to a progressive nonprofit.

That raises “serious legal concerns,” according to Scott Watnik, member of the litigation department and co-chair of the cybersecurity practice at the law firm Wilk Auslander LLP.

“What appears to have happened here is that dollars sourced from Zuckerberg have been used to fund a public function that is to be performed under the auspices of public election officials with taxpayer funding,” Watnik told The Epoch Times. “But when it comes to election infrastructure, each state is required to treat people equally under the law—the 14th Amendment applies.

“It’s no secret at this point that the funds were not disbursed in an even-handed way in terms of election infrastructure,” he added. “Far from that, the funds were distributed to favor select, left-leaning demographic areas over others, including in swing states.”

Another point of concern, critics say, is that dozens of Big Tech alumni have joined Biden’s transition team or have gained influential positions in his administration.

Christian Tom, who was announced as digital director for the Biden-Harris Presidential Inaugural Committee on Dec. 28 had worked at Twitter, Google, and YouTube in revenue roles before working for Biden’s campaign, according to a statement.

Facebook alumni also have filled a number of roles in the Biden administration.

Former Facebook director Jessica Hertz is the Biden transition’s general counsel and Jeffrey Zients—who is tapped to be Biden’s coronavirus czar—had served on Facebook’s board of directors in 2018. Austin Lin, a former program manager at Facebook, is on an agency review team for the Executive Office of the President, while Erskine Bowles, a former Facebook board member, already is advising the transition team.

The Biden transition team has already stacked its agency review teams with more tech executives than tech critics. Unidentified sources have told Reuters that tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft are pushing to place employees in senior roles at government agencies.

Similarly, two Amazon officials have landed spots on Biden’s agency review teams for the State Department and the Office of Management and Budget. Sources also told Reuters that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a billionaire and Silicon Valley titan, “has been making personnel recommendations for appointments to the Department of Defense as the company tries to pursue military contracts and defense work.”

Companies have a pressing interest in their attempts to influence the Biden administration. There are antitrust probes currently being conducted by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission against companies like Facebook and Google.

‘Justified Worry’

The fact that, per FCC records, Big Tech CEOs were major contributors to Democratic campaigns and causes has caused Republicans concern about the revolving door between Big Tech and a possible incoming White House, said Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at the University of Florida.

“With such an overwhelming disparity in political ideology among those at the Big Tech companies, this limits the thinking and opinions of those who design and control the technologies that we all use and can have a tremendous impact on how they impact users,” Selepak told The Epoch Times.

“During the 2020 campaign, the tech companies frequently flagged posts by users as false, removed accounts, shut down pages, and limited the reach of stories and users,” he said. “These restrictions and limitations are the antithesis of the marketplace of ideas that social media companies should be as platforms and instead are acting more as publishers.”

YouTube announced on Dec. 9 that the company will immediately start removing content pertaining to alleged “widespread fraud or errors” in this year’s presidential election, a move that experts say is unprecedented in its scope.

Republican senators told The Epoch Times previously that Big Tech companies need to be questioned and held to account over actions taken because of what they say is political bias, such as the censorship of a New York Post article on Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in the lead-up to the Nov. 3 election.

Selepak also pointed to the Obama administration’s embrace of Big Tech: “Once in office, dozens of Google employees worked in the Obama administration, which was the first time we had seen such a relationship between Big Tech and the White House.”

He said consumers want the government to investigate these companies for any potential abuse and for the effect they have on society.

“There is a justified worry that if these tech giants become too embedded in any administration, this will not happen, and it could have an immense impact on users and the country,” Selepak said. 

Experts told The Epoch Times that a Biden-Harris presidency has the potential to directly affect any ongoing, outstanding, or future antitrust cases brought against Big Tech. Sen. Kamala Harris, meanwhile, also has been subject to scrutiny over her close relationship with tech industry leaders.

Some, however, argue that Biden wouldn’t be lax against Big Tech. John E. Lopatka, antitrust scholar and a professor of law at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, told The Epoch Times previously that an aggressive, or interventionist, antitrust enforcement policy is “fully consistent with Democratic political ideology, and so any Democratic administration would be inclined to adopt it.”

Biden’s transition camp is full of tech industry leaders from a number of different, large companies, major tech philanthropists, and tech advocacy players, according to a Nov. 10 list compiled by Protocol.

Blair Brandt, a South Florida-based political consultant, Republican strategist, and GOP fundraiser, said he believes a Justice Department under a Biden administration wouldn’t actively push antitrust suits against Big Tech, noting that most of the suits are being brought by Republican state attorney generals.

“Republican mega-donors & billionaires invested into President Trump’s campaign,” Brandt told The Epoch Times. “Democrat mega-donors & billionaires invested in the election process itself. What does that tell you?”

Brandt said the real risk is legislatively. He said a Democratic-majority House and a Biden White House “will have no interest in overturning the Section 230 provision, which in many ways got them to where they are.”

Trump and the Justice Department have urged Congress to roll back legal protections under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act for companies that have engaged in censorship or political conduct.

“Trump’s toughest opponent … wasn’t even Democrats—it was their Silicon Valley allies in Big Tech constantly censoring his social media platforms,” he said. “Assuming he takes office, Biden will either shock people and take a firm pro-democracy & pro-America stand on these issues, or he’ll fulfill low expectations and bow to their pressures.”

Biden’s transition team didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. A Facebook spokesperson also didn’t immediately respond.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Trump Turns the Spotlight

Trump Turns the Spotlight 

McConnell Blocks Unanimous Consent Request to Increase Stimulus Checks to $2,000

December 29, 2020 Updated: December 29, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked the bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

“I object,” McConnell said on the Senate floor in Washington.

He blocked a request for unanimous consent for the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Unanimous consent enables a bill to pass without a recorded vote. But the procedure opens legislation up for an objection by a single senator.

Schumer had called on Republicans to support the act, saying, “$600 is not enough.”

“The fastest way to get money into Americans’ pockets is to send some of their tax dollars right back from where they came,” Schumer added. “$2,000 stimulus checks could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry; the difference between paying the rent or being kicked out of your home that you have lived in for years. It could buy precious time for tens of millions of people as the vaccine thankfully makes its way across the country.”

Before objecting, McConnell had briefly touched on the push to increase stimulus checks, noting that President Donald Trump, when signing the government funding package and the COVID-19 relief package on Sunday, asked Congress for “more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child.”

The Senate this week will “begin a process” to bring the issue, one of three that Trump “has linked together,” into focus, McConnell added.

Trump had stalled on signing the bills as a way to try to leverage Congress into approving $2,000 direct payments.

The CASH Act was introduced in the House. It would amend the relief package if it passes the Senate and is signed by Trump.

The House passed the bill on Monday with a 275–134 vote.

Schumer said all 48 Senate Democrats support the bill. That means at least 12 GOP senators would need to vote to approve, if it is brought to a vote.

At least five Republicans—Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)—have said they support the act.

McConnell controls which bills are brought to the floor for a vote, apart from those that are put forth for unanimous consent.

McConnell said he would bring the defense bill veto for a vote this week. Trump vetoed the package but was overridden by the House. The Senate appears poised to override the veto as well.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) objected to the push to override, as a way to try to get McConnell to bring the stimulus check proposal to a vote.

“The House did the right thing. I congratulate them. And now it is time for the Senate to step up to the plate and do what the working families of this country overwhelmingly want us to do,” he said.

Sanders asked for McConnell to bring the CASH Act to a vote immediately after the veto override vote, but McConnell blocked the proposal.

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