USA TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as states begin to certify that their votes count following President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the hotly contested presidential race. President Donald Trump is yet to concede the race as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to take office in January.
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Biden Chief of Staff: First Cabinet appointments to be announced on Tuesday
President-elect Joe Biden’s new White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the public could expect “to see the first of the President-elect’s Cabinet appointments on Tuesday this week,” in an interview Sunday on ABC News “This Week”.
“If you want to know which Cabinet agencies it is or who will be in those Cabinet agencies, you will have to wait for the President-elect to say so on Tuesday,” Klain also said, declining to clarify what the roles would be. ad.
Former deputy director of communications for the Biden campaign, Kate Bedingfield, also confirmed the news on “Fox News Sunday”.
With the Democrats’ ability to pass much of their agenda likely being hampered regardless of which party ultimately controls the Senate, Biden’s cabinet is poised to play an outsized role in enacting progressive policies by the Senate. executive power.
Biden is said to be interested in creating a cabinet that is diverse across several dimensions, including age, gender, ideology, and race. Potential contenders for the administration’s top spots included longtime Democratic aides as well as some of Biden’s former rivals in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Biden has already decided on at least one cabinet position. On Thursday, he told reporters his choice “will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from the progressive coalition to the moderate coalition.”
– Matthew Brown
Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell says retrial will be ‘biblical’, refuses to provide evidence
Trump’s campaign lawyer Sidney Powell said the campaign’s next trial alleging fraud in the Pennsylvania electoral system would be “biblical” in an interview on Newsmax.
Powell, without evidence, blamed several conspiracy theories for the loss of President Donald Trump in the presidential election, particularly the state of Pennsylvania.
“Our votes must be counted fairly and true and any illegal vote must be overturned,” insisted Powell. “It is absolutely contrary to everything this country was founded on.”
Powell declined to provide details of the widespread electoral fraud or conspiracy cases the Trump campaign documented, instead suggesting that Republican Senators, Trump’s Justice Department and the State of Pennsylvania were complicit in a vast conspiracy theory intended to defeat the president.
“Thousands of people, including the operators of the voting machines,” must have been implicated in the plot, said Powell.
In a ruling on Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann criticized the lack of evidence from the Trump campaign to support claims of widespread conspiracy and voter fraud.
Brann noted that the campaign’s legal team had wrapped up a “tortured procedural story” in recent weeks with its various arguments.
“One would expect that, in seeking such a surprising result, a plaintiff would be formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption,” Brann wrote. “Instead, this court has been presented with unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations … unsupported by evidence.”
– Matthew Brown
Michigan elections to be blocked on Monday?
LANSING – For what is believed to be the first time in history, Michigan’s board of elections could hang on Monday on certifying the state’s presidential election results.
By law and practice, certification by the State Solicitors Council – made up of two Democratic candidates and two Republicans – is supposed to be routine approval. But these are not normal times.
The climate is hyper-partisan, disinformation is rampant, and Republican President Donald Trump and his team of lawyers are spreading false claims, working to somehow overturn the Michigan election results and in other key states, and to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. College, where Biden won 306 electoral votes against 232 for Trump.
At the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, Republican board member Norman D. Shinkle’s wife, Mary, was a Republican presidential candidate at the TCF Center in Detroit and signed an affidavit used by the Trump campaign as part of a federal lawsuit which has since been withdrawn.
It would take Shinkle’s vote plus another to delay certification. The other Republican member, Aaron Van Langevelde, did not say how he planned to vote. Van Langevelde, a lawyer and former Branch County assistant attorney, works for Republicans in the state, whose leader President Lee Chatfield flew to Washington, DC on Friday with a handful of other GOP lawmakers to meet at the White House with Trump.
– Paul Egan, Dave Boucher and Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press
Trump campaign calls for another recount in Georgia
The Trump campaign’s legal team on Saturday called for a recount of votes cast in Georgia’s presidential election after the state conducted a historic manual recount and certified President-elect Joe Biden as the election winner .
“Today the Trump campaign filed a petition for a recount in Georgia. We strive to ensure that all aspects of Georgia State law and the US Constitution are respected so that every legal vote is counted, “the president’s legal team said in a statement.” President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount of Georgia, which must include matching signatures and other vital guarantees. “
The president’s team insisted on the fact that the matching of signatures on absenteeism forms was necessary to prevent the recount from being a “sham” allowing “to count illegal votes”. But election officials matched those signatures on the envelopes when they counted the ballots, but then separated them to protect voters’ constitutionally protected right to keep their ballots secret.
Georgian law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%, but unlike the previous review which was done by hand, this recount will consist of performing a new analysis of the ballots.
– William Cummings
Contribute: The Associated Press