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Capitol Rioters Wanted To ‘Capture And Assassinate’ Lawmakers, Prosecutors Claim

Federal law enforcement officers have been working non-stop since last Wednesday to get a greater understanding over what exactly transpired that allowed the riot at the Capitol to get so out of hand, and what was the actual plan for this mob should they have interacted with any US lawmakers or government officials. 

Officials are now claiming that they have found clues and evidence that points to one of the mob’s most distinctive figures, Jacob Anthony Chansley; the shirtless, tattooed man who many online have been referring to as “QAnon Shaman,” who stormed around the Capitol wearing a headdress made of coyote skin and buffalo horns. 

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Federal prosecutors in Phoenix, Arizona submitted a court filing this Thursday that wrote that “strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.” 

The entire filing was 18-pages long, and included a request to the judge to keep Chansley detained before his trial. One of the biggest pieces of evidence working against Chansley right now is the fact that he left a note for Vice President Pence at his desk in the Senate chamber which read: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”

Chansley himself has personally called on President Donald Trump to pardon him for his crimes after his lawyer, Albert Watkins, claimed that Chansley acted in a “peaceful and compliant fashion” towards the law enforcement officials who have been running the investigation, and besides, Chansley only stormed the Capitol after Trump invited him and the rest of the mob to; according to Watkins. 

“He took seriously the countless messages of President Trump. He believed in President Trump. Like tens of millions of other Americans, Chansley felt — for the first time in his life — as though his voice was being heard.”

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Law enforcement officials have warned that it’s likely there were multiple motives among the mob of those who stormed the Capitol, and an FBI investigation is currently in the works to determine whether some intended to do more than just disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

One man who was arrested was carrying a pistol and others were wearing tactical gear and were holding zip ties. Another individual was arrested after his truck was spotted near the Capitol building with 11 molotov cocktails inside. 

Trump has so far pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, and Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, before they were both sentenced. Within the past month the most action the president has done in terms of political policy has been a slew of pardons for his allies, friends, family, and fellow republicans. 

Prosecutors have pointed out that Chansley brought a weapon in the Capitol building, a spear, so the charges being presented aren’t to be taken lightly and his request to be pardoned should sound ridiculous to law enforcement. However, Chansley and every other Trump supporter present that day have forced America to have a much larger conversation over if Chansley was a person of color slinging a giant spear around the Capitol building, if the response would’ve been different.

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US Olympic Champion Swimmer Klete Keller Identified At Capitol Riot

Klete Keller, the American Olympic swimmer who one two gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps, was identified as one of the Trump supporters who was inside the Capitol last week during the riot that occurred during the Electoral College vote proceedings. 

Popular swimming news website SwimSwam posted a report this week that alleged at least a dozen professional swimmers identified Keller due to the fact that he was wearing his US Olympic team jacket. The swimmers identified him after being sent a multitude of screenshots and videos from the riot.

Official USA Swimming did not respond when they were asked to confirm if the images from inside the Capitol were in fact Keller, but the images seemed relatively clear. Keller himself was recently reached out too by the press in order to get a confirmation or denial from the Olympic athlete but he has still yet to respond.

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Keller currently works at a Colorado and Ohio-based real estate agency that was recently also contacted for a comment, however, the woman who answered the phone claimed that they “are not commenting on anything right now,” before hanging up. 

One of the videos circulating online, that was taken by a conservative news reporter, shows the man who has been identified as Keller in a crowd of individuals that police officers were attempting to push towards any of the Capitol exits. 

Keller has previously made headlines for more Olympic related reasons; such as when he held off Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe on the anchor leg of the 4×200 meter freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Games, securing him and the US with a gold medal. He’s a five-time Olympic medalist in general and at the height of his career was one of the swimmers to watch at the Games. 

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SwimmingWorld is another professional swimmer news site that confirmed with sources that Keller was seen inside the US Capitol during the riot last week. The sources also claim that the videos where Keller is seen don’t show him acting violently in any way, however, the fact that he was present among a crowd of domestic terrorists who stormed one of the most historic government buildings in the US is incredibly disheartening for Olympic fans who believe that these athletes are meant to be upholding the sanctity of the US and its democracy, not actively trying to destroy it. 

According to the New York Times Keller has deleted all of his social media accounts following the riot last week and the exposure of his involvement. In recent years Keller’s social media has apparently been saturated with pro-Trump rhetoric as well. 

As most Americans have already seen last week Trump exhorted thousands of his supporters who were at the Capitol, not wearing masks or socially distancing, which prompted them to erupt in a riot of violence, vandalism, and domestic terror. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the rampage, and the FBI and Department of Justice is currently investigating and making dozens of arrests in relation to last weeks dark day.

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House Voting On Resolution Calling On Pence To Invoke 25th Amendment 

The House is gearing up to vote on a resolution this Tuesday that would call on current Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office following last week’s riot at the Capitol building that the current standing president helped insurrect. 

The measure that the House is introducing claims that Pence should convene and mobilize Trump’s Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment and declare the president “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.” The resolution itself is sponsored by Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin. 

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A mob of hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building last week after Trump made a speech further emphasizing his belief that Biden won the 2020 election illegally and that this was one of the most “fraudulent elections in US history.” The crowd of angry rioters then stormed the Capitol building after Trump ended his speech claiming that they would be walking to the Capitol to make their voices heard; the president was nowhere to be found once the riot began though. 

The six-page resolution stated that the mob of rioters “threatened the safety and lives of the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and the President pro tempore of the Senate, the first three individuals in the line of succession to the presidency, as the rioters were recorded chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence’ and ‘Where’s Nancy’ when Trump tweeted to his supporters that ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country.’”

The measure also lays out a slew of evidence that Trump incited his supporters to commit acts of violence at the Capitol building, as the president has “demonstrated repeatedly, continuously and spectacularly his absolute inability to discharge the most basic and fundamental powers and duties of his office.” 

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Trump’s disrespect over the 2020 election and democratic process within the past two months is also mentioned quite a bit in the measure, as his complete disinterest in participating in a peaceful transition of power has only further motivated his supporters to “take back the White House” and give it to Trump, as that’s who they believe rightfully won the election. 

Pence is unlikely to remove Trump from office, especially considering House Democrats have also introduced articles of impeachment against the president that could likely be passed before inauguration. Sources close to Pence also claim that at this point he’s just trying to make it to January 20th “in one piece.” 

According to senior White House officials Pence and Trump met in the Oval Office on Monday morning in which they discussed the past four years and the attacks on the Capitol building. They apparently both said that those who broke the law and stormed the building “don’t represent America.” 

The House is projected to vote this Wednesday on an article of impeachment that would charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection” in motivating his supporters to storm the Capitol last week and fight. If passed the Senate will then hold a trial to determine whether or not Trump should be convicted and will potentially eliminate his ability to run for office again. 

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Mayor Of Washington DC Calls On National Guard Ahead Of Pro-Trump Protests 

The National Guard has officially been mobilized to Washington DC ahead of a multitude of pro-Trump demonstrations current scheduled for this week at Congress; where members will be convening to certify the 2020 election results as well as the runoff election results that will appear this week. 

According to DC’s police chief the Guard will be used to help control crowds and manage traffic jams. Mayor Muriel Bowser initially requested for the Guard to be activated and brought into the city after urging residents and others to stay home, stay safe, and be cautious when out today. 

“We’re asking DC residents and people who live in the region to avoid confrontations with anybody who’s looking to fight, and the best way to do that is to avoid the area.”

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Congress is scheduled to officially meet on Wednesday and formally count the Electoral college votes, declaring Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Donald Trump’s election loss was confirmed last month, however, the current standing president has made constant baseless claims of voter fraud and a rigged election, and has even filed multiple lawsuits against states that he lost; all cases have been thrown away due to a lack of evidence. 

This Tuesday Georgia will be holding runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate, which also has prompted the mayor to call on the National Guard. Organizers are already planning on rallying this Tuesday evening at Freedom Plaza and all day on Wednesday. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday the organizers are planning on marching to the Capitol as well. 

Trump himself has been encouraging the rally on Twitter, where he also claimed that he would be at the rallies themselves to celebrate the “historic day.” More than 300 District of Columbia National Guard personnel will be deployed throughout the DC streets this Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The Guard will mainly be stationed around Metro stations and main roads to help individuals cope with any road closures or public transportation delays. Major General William Walker is the commanding general of the DC National Guard who said that they would be a major supporting role in keeping the city and its residents safe. 

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Man arrested on gun charges after officers spotted him carrying a concealed firearm during a pro-Trump rally at Freedom Plaza on January 5, 2021 

Acting Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee warned all demonstrators that guns, firearms, and weapons of any sort are not permitted at the rallies, and claimed that the police department already received some staggering information regarding the demonstrations.

“We have received some information that there are individuals intent on bringing firearms into our city, and that just will not be tolerated.”

Back in December several individuals were stabbed during altercations at a Pro-Trump rally, and who can forget 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse who shot and killed two individuals at a Kenosha rally months ago. 

A leader of the Proud Boys – an alt-right neo-fascist male-only organization – was arrested this week after entering into Washington after being accused of burning a Black Lives Matter sign that had been torn down at a historic Black Church during a rally in December. He also allegedly was holding two high-capacity magazines, his intent was unclear. 

Regardless, safety is always a concern when it comes to alt-right groups that the president is further encouraging online with dozens of tweets of a rigged election and failed democracy, anyone in the DC area stay vigilant this week, and remain indoors as much as possible, after all, we are still in a pandemic as well.

Trump Signs Covid-19 Relief And Government Funding Bill 

President Donald Trump has signed the $2.3 trillion Covid-19 relief and government funding bill into law this past Sunday night. The $900 billion coronavirus relief package will extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless gig-workers, independent contractors, and long-term unemployed individuals. 

12 million Americans have been receiving benefits from two key pandemic unemployment programs. This past weekend would’ve marked their last weekend of payments had this bill not been signed; they will now receive another 11 weeks. All individuals collecting unemployment payments will also be receiving an additional $300 weekly through the middle of March. 

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Since Trump didn’t sign the bill on Saturday, however, those who are in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs will likely not receive a payment for the final week of 2020, and the $300 additional payments may only last 10 weeks due to the fact that the states can’t provide benefits for weeks before a program is fully authorized. 

The Covid-19 relief package was initially passed by Congress on Monday and then was flown to Mar-a-Lago on Thursday so Trump could then sign it. After endless hours of negotiations, the current president finally signed the bill, which will provide $600 stimulus payments to all adult Americans, and $1,200 to all couples; exactly half of what was given out during the initial round of stimulus payments. 

Trump himself has been spending the past month trying to get the 2020 election investigated on dozens of baseless claims of voter fraud, in fact, this past weekend when he signed the bill Trump claimed that the Senate would be “considering legislation that repeals Section 230, and thus start an investigation into voter fraud.” It’s currently unclear what that legislation would actually look like, and it’s important to note that there has been 0% evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election. 

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The two programs previously mentioned that are being extended allows the self-employed, freelance, and gig workers to qualify for up to 39 weeks of payments, and will now be opened up to those who can’t work in general due to the pandemic. 

The new deal extends the programs for up to 11 weeks and each will close to new applicants on March 14th but will continue through April 5th for individuals who have existing claims and have not reached their maximum number of weeks by that point. Eviction protection is also extended until January 31st and will provide $25 billion in rental assistance to those who are unable to work for pandemic-related reasons. 

It’s estimated that 9.2 million renters in America have lost their employment during the pandemic, and are struggling to pay their rent. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implemented an order in the beginning of the pandemic that halted some evictions and rental payments through 2020, however, the program didn’t cancel out the payments, so without this new package many Americans were gearing up to receive a massive bill on January 1st for all the rent they would owe from the past nine months.

Who’s Getting The Next Round Of Stimulus Checks In The US?

Congress passed a $900 billion economic relief package Monday night that would give $600 stimulus checks to American adults to help them cope with the Covid-19 pandemic; the checks are half of the $1,200 that most adults received during the initial stimulus package at the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has not provided any further financial assistance to its citizens until now. 

President Donald Trump, however, tweets on Tuesday night that he would not be signing the economic relief package, and then a video in which he urged Congress to increase the stimulus checks.

“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 dollars to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.”

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The $600 is obviously not going to be enough for most American households that have been struggling to cope with unemployment, monthly bills, and a lack of security. 6 in 10 Americans have claimed to be financially impacted by the pandemic. The checks will likely begin hitting individuals accounts as early as next week. 

Dependent children will now be receiving the same $600 checks that adults receive as well; which is an increase from the $500 checks that children received in the initial relief package. So who is eligible for the package in general?

Single individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a check for $600 while married couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $1,200; overall this package is half of what Americans received during the first round of stimulus payments. According to the House Appropriations committee, the amount of stimulus payment will decrease by $5 for every $100 of income that is earned above those thresholds. 

As previously mentioned an additional $600 will be directed towards every dependent child under the age of 17. Adult dependants, such as older high school students or college students, won’t qualify for checks as it’s expected that they rely on their parents for financial security. A family with two parents and two child dependents could receive up to $2,400. 

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Couples that include an immigrant without a Green Card will also qualify for the checks, a move that will be important for many families because the first round of stimulus checks didn’t provide payments for households unless all members held legal citizenship. This issue was taken to court, where it was found that denying checks to US citizens based on their spousal or parental relationships to someone who may not have a Green Card, is unconstitutional. 

Individuals receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or Veteran benefits will also be receiving the $600 checks; these groups of people were also denied payments during the initial round of stimulus payments. 

The stimulus bill also includes an extra $300 a week for individuals on unemployment. This means current jobless Americans will receive their regular state unemployment payments as well as an additional $300 until March 14th, 2021. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program will also be extended; the program covers gig workers and self-employed individuals.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will also be extended into March; this program provides additional weeks of jobless aid to individuals who have already utilized all of their regular state unemployment benefits. The Paycheck Protection Program is also being extended by another $282 billion of forgivable loans. Some of that funding is being set aside for small businesses, nonprofits, and local newspaper, TV, and Radio broadcasters. 

Another $20 billion in Economic Injury Disaster Loans is being set aside for businesses in low-income communities, after the government received a ton of backlash for bailing out multi-million dollar corporations in the beginning of the pandemic, and continuing to leave smaller businesses in the dust.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Will Publicly Receive A Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Soon’

Joe Biden, along with current vice president Mike Pence, is set to receive the Covid-19 vaccine soon as roll-outs of the first Pfizer vaccine continue across the nation. Biden plans to receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week while the White House claims Pence and his wife will be receiving their vaccine’s publicly this Friday. 

The US is currently in the worst phase of the Covid-19 pandemic yet, and while the vaccine is offering a glimmer of hope for Americans, the fact is strict lockdown procedures need to be enforced in order for case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths to decrease. Biden has recently claimed he wants to keep front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable parties as the top priority for receiving the vaccine in America, however, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told Biden he should be vaccinated “sooner than later.” 

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Biden recently spoke with the media about the importance of having essential groups vaccinated first while also stressing the importance of notable public figures taking the vaccine publicly, or on live television, so that the average individual has confidence in its ability to fight this virus. 

“I don’t want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take.”

Shipments of the vaccine in the US are projected to be slightly delayed on the East Coast as a massive winter storm has covered roads in states from Virginia to Massachusetts. Hazardous travel conditions are not to be taken lightly especially when these massive vehicles are carrying such precious cargo. 

This week 66 different sites throughout the US are expected to receive their initial vaccine shipment as part of an effort to roll out at least three million doses within the first week of distribution. For New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the winter weather advisory is no match for their healthcare team, and he still fully expects the expected vaccination sites to receive their shipments on time. 

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“There’s nothing about the storm at this point that should disrupt the supply of the vaccine coming in.”

Over 300,000 Americans have now died due to the coronavirus, and over 21 million have been infected. Entire industries have been shut down and millions have been left unemployed with no feasible source of income to pay for rent. 

A second vaccine from Moderna is expected to be approved this week as well, which is great news for a country suffering so greatly, however, the pandemic still has the opportunity to get much worse, and according to Fauci at this point it likely will. Federal enforcement of health and safety procedures needs to occur, as well as a nationwide shutdown to give the virus the opportunity to stop spreading. 

Meanwhile Americans are still waiting for their government to make a decision in regards to how to financially assist those who desperately need it right now. Congress is currently inching towards a $908 billion stimulus package, however, if one things for sure, the longer the wait, the more people will continue to suffer. 

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Electoral College To Make President-Elect Joe Biden’s 2020 Victory Official 

The Electoral College is all set to vote this Monday and make President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump official. Electors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will meet to cast their ballots and confirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and California Senator Kamala Harris as the Vice President. 

Early attempts from Trump, his administration, and Republican lawmakers attempted to produce allegations and evidence in key swing states that a majority of the votes were fraudulent and Trump had actually won his reelection. The Supreme Court has since delivered several rebukes which found no evidence to any of these claims, and multiple state courts also refused to even see the cases because of how baseless the allegations were. 

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After the ballots are counted and cast by the end of the day Biden will likely have well over the 270 votes needed to officially win the presidency. Once the ballots are counted they’re transported to Washington D.C. where they will then be tallied by Congress on January 6th. 

Once the votes are officially cast, Biden plans to deliver a speech on prime time television about the resilience of US democracy in an effort to unite a nation that has been so ideologically divided within the past four years. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana recently spoke on CNN’s State of the Union and claimed that “obviously, Biden is the President-elect. He has the 270 Electoral College Votes.” 

Since the election, Trump and his team have made a multitude of false claims that he won landslides in states that Biden won by thousands of votes, as well as tweets that simply claimed he won the presidency. Almost every tweet from Trump has a large warning on the bottom that states the information given in his tweets are false and don’t reflect the actual results of the 2020 election.

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Meanwhile, while the current president and his administration have spent the last month trying to reverse the results of the election, thousands of Americans have continued to die from Covid-19, and hundreds of thousands of new cases are appearing every day thanks to the complete lack of federal policy. The first Covid-19 vaccine has been officially approved for distribution in America, however, if strict lockdown measures, along with all other health and safety procedures, aren’t strictly implemented, case numbers and deaths will continue to rise exponentially.  

Beyond the pandemic, Trump’s consistent claims that the current President-elect won by illegal ballots and procedure is only further dividing the country. Never in the history of US elections has there ever been such a blatant and public effort from the current standing president to try to reverse the results of an election without any actual evidence whatsoever. His supporters see these constant claims that the American political system is “corrupt” and thus take to the streets in violent outrage. 

Members of the far-right Proud Boys group recently made headlines after violently clashing with an anti-Trump demonstration that up until that point had remained peaceful. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander spoke with the media recently about how he hopes after Monday’s Electoral results that Trump will put the country first and really begin the peaceful transition of power: “We need to not lose one day in the transition in getting the vaccine out.”

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Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Efforts To Block Biden Win In Pennsylvania 

This week the Supreme Court denied a request made by Pennsylvania Republicans to block the certification of the commonwealth election results. If they were successful, this would have invalidated and blocked Biden’s win in the state, however, the court’s rejection makes this a fatal blow for the Republican Party’s continuous attempt to deliver a reelection to Donald Trump. 

Trump has been frequently bragging online that he won his reelection, and was banking on Pennsylvania reversing their results to deliver him the potential that he actually could have won, however, the Supreme Court’s action, along with the moves from individuals in Trump’s administration to begin a transition of power, has confirmed that he will not be returning to office in 2021. 

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“Let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage, whether it’s legislators or legislatures or a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court. Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right,” Trump said just hours before the court released their order that blocked the motion for the election results to be blocked. 

Tuesday’s one-line order was filed with no noted dissent or comment from any of the nine justices who have been combating Trump’s administration’s constant efforts to overturn the election since November. This order also marks Amy Coney Barrett’s first vote on an election-related dispute. This quick and one-line order suggests that the Supreme Court is no longer interested in being involved with Trump and his administration’s ongoing efforts to invalidate this election and Biden’s win. 

“The fact that the justices issued a one-sentence order with no separate opinions is a powerful sign that the court intends to stay out of election-related disputes, and that it’s going to leave things to the electoral process going forward,” said Steve Vladek, a Supreme Court analyst and law professor who spoke with the press recently about these results. “It’s hard to imagine a more quietly resounding rejection of these challenges from this court,” he concluded. 

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Representative Mike Kelly attempted to initially bring this issue to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, at the time he was rejected immediately for failing to file the election result challenge in a timely manner. Kelly’s lawyers then stated that the courts violated his right to petition and “right to due process, guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, respectively, by closing all avenues of relief for past and future harms.”

The Pennsylvania courts responded to these claims by calling them “fundamentally frivolous. No court has ever issued an order nullifying a governor’s certification of presidential election results. The loss of public trust in our constitutional order resulting in this kind of judicial power would be incalculable,” said Justice Bart Delone, the state’s chief deputy attorney general. 

Tuesday’s action from the Supreme Court comes after weeks of Trump and his team spreading inaccuracies regarding the election and creating a highly contentious political divide in a country that is also still enduring a global health crisis. Trump and his team have focused their energy on reversing the already finalized election results while hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to be infected with Covid-19. While a vaccine is likely to begin distribution soon, the way America is currently running is causing its citizens to die at astronomical rates, continue to stay inside and wear a mask whenever necessary.

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Attorney General Claims There Is No Evidence Of Widespread Election Fraud

Attorney General William Barr declared on Tuesday that the US Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of any widespread voter fraud that would change the 2020 election outcome, disputing the constant baseless claims from current president Donald Trump that he won his reelection. 

Barr’s comments made to the media reflect a major contradiction from Trump, who’s been trying to block President-elect Joe Biden from beginning a peaceful transition of power since the results for Pennsylvania were initially announced almost a month ago. 

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”

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The comments immediately drew criticism from Trump’s attorneys, who before this point were working with Barr in claims that mail-in voting could be vulnerable to fraud especially considering we’re in the middle of a global health crisis. However, after numerous FBI reviews of specific complaints coming from Trump’s team and various locations, not one single piece of evidence of voter fraud has appeared. 

Trump himself hasn’t directly commented on Barr’s statement, however, his personally attorney Rudy Giuliani and his political campaign released a passionate statement in which they claimed that there “hasn’t been any semblance of an investigation into the president’s complaints,” despite the numerous government organizations and authorities that have claimed investigations occurred to no avail. 

Other administration officials and agencies who spoke out against Trump’s dangerous allegations against America’s democracy were fired almost immediately; which didn’t exactly convince the American people that the president’s claims were valid. Last month Barr issued a directive to all US attorneys which allowed them to pursue any “substantial allegations of voting irregularities” that they felt was necessary.

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That directive memo gave prosecutors the ability to go against a policy that has been long standing within the US’s Justice Department that would normally prohibit any investigation into voter irregularities from occurring before the election is officially called; let alone investigations being performed with no evidence and solely based on the current president’s claims. 

The switch up from the Attorney General, someone who has been riding for the current president in terms of all of his voter suppression and fraud claims, marks a major turning point in the contention over the 2020 election results. Trump himself has continuously taken to twitter and interviews to falsely claim that he won the 2020 election, the results were fraudulent, and Biden won with false votes. 

Despite claims that there are many witnesses who swore under oath that they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud, the Department of Justice hasn’t interviewed a single one of them due to a complete lack of evidence beyond the statements. Trump has still yet to concede, but the transition of powers has already begun taking place, and it’s likely that within the coming weeks the former president will have no choice but to accept defeat and hand the White House over to Biden.