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Trump Successfully Blocks Recount In Pennsylvania, As Green Party Drops Effort

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President-Elect’s Supporters Also Challenging Recounts In Michigan, Wisconsin

Donald Trump’s campaign has successfully blocked a statewide recount of votes in the presidential election in Pennsylvania. 

Green Party candidate Jill Stein initiated recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — three swing states where Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton — after a successful fundraising drive. 

But even though he maintained throughout his campaign that the election would be “rigged,” Trump and his supporters challenged all three recounts in court. 

On Saturday, the Green Party announced it is dropping the Pennsylvania recount effort, saying it can’t afford the $1 million bond a judge had set, the Associated Press reports. 

Stein wanted to explore whether machines were hacked and election results manipulated in Pennsylvania. But Trump’s attorneys argued in court there was “no evidence — or even an allegation — that any tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems actually occurred.” 

The AP reports that an updated count Friday showed Trump leading Clinton by 49,000 votes in Pennsylvania, or 0.8 percent — above the 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic recount. 

Trump’s supporters have also filed lawsuits seeking to block the recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin, The New York Times reported Friday. 

While the recounts have generated hope among some Clinton supporters, one expert told the NYT that the chances that they could overturn the election result are “essentially zero or infinitesimal.” 

BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner reports that the Green Party’s decision to drop the Pennsylvania recount “ends any remaining doubt … about whether Donald Trump is the victor in the 2016 presidential race.” 

“With Pennsylvania off the table, even a flip in the Michigan and Wisconsin results would still leave Trump at 280 electoral votes — 10 above the 270 necessary to become the next president,” Geidner writes. 

 

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GOP DISINFORMATION MACHINE

Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

‘Contempt of Congress Is Illegal’ Declared One of Trump’s Newest Attorneys – Just Days Before the House Voted to Impeach

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One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.

“Contempt of Congress is illegal,” said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.

The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate could force Hunter Biden and others to testify or face prosecution for contempt of Congress, said former independent counsel Robert Ray, who was involved in the investigation that led to Clinton’s impeachment.

“The Senate has the power to compel witnesses. So, subpoenas would be enforceable. Contempt of Congress is illegal. I don’t know that they have the votes, as a political question,” Ray told The Daily Signal. 

That’s problematic for Trump, given his attorney has said the actions for which he is being charged are illegal.

Related: Internet Mocks Trump’s Choice to Have Pam Bondi, Alan Dershowitz, and Ken Starr Defend Him at Senate Impeachment Trial

Also problematic are these words: “No person is above the law, even the president of the United States.” Ray made that damning statement, as The New York Times reports, 20 years ago when Bill Clinton was the impeached president being tried by the Senate.

But if all that weren’t enough, proving just how bad a defense Ray has been spinning for Trump, his appearance on Fox News Business should have been an automatic “no” when Trump considered him.

On September 26, Ray told Maria Bartiromo there were not enough votes in the House, “yet,” to impeach Trump. Less than three months later Trump was impeached.

He also said, “impeachment to me is two things. You have to show both the high crime and misdemeanor, and you have to show an abuse of power.”

Trump was literally impeached for an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Remember, Ray said “contempt of Congress is illegal,” and “you have to show an abuse of power.”

He seems to have been making the House’s arguments for them.

 

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WTH?

‘Obsessed’ Trump Blasted for ‘Craven’ Decision to Gut Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch Rules on Her Birthday

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This Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will be rolling back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits that were championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hill reports.

The Agriculture Department said in a statement that the new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best.”

But according to President Trump’s critics on Twitter, the move is just another vindictive attempt to reverse any and all accomplishments that came out of the Obama White House:

 

Image by The White House via Wikimedia

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