Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign heads south on Tuesday, with the former vice president in Georgia as his former boss President Barack Obama encourages Floridians to vote at a rally in Orlando .
The southern states are just a few of the battlegrounds both sides are fighting for with exactly one week ahead of election day on November 3. President Donald Trump has been on a Rust Belt swing lately, with a focus on Pennsylvania, which Biden also visited yesterday. Trump is campaigning today in Michigan and Wisconsin before heading to Nebraska.
Senator Kamala Harris is campaigning in Reno, Nevada and Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Vice President Mike Pence delivers speeches in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Trump and the Republicans have finished their sprint to get Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day. Barrett was confirmed in a close Senate vote on Monday night, and then sworn in shortly after in the White House by Judge Clarence Thomas. She will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, allowing her to start working on the court.
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📊 What the polls say:USA TODAY’s averages average showed Trump won over Biden in nine of 12 battlefield states over the past week, though Biden still leads in 10 of those states.
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Former U.S. lawyers appointed by GOP chairmen endorse Biden
A group of former US lawyers nominated by Republican presidents endorse Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, citing what they called politicization of the Justice Department under President Donald Trump.
The president has made it clear that he expects people appointed by the Justice Department and prosecutors to serve his personal and political interests in dealing with certain cases – such as investigations into foreign electoral interference and the prosecution of his political associates – and took action against those who have defended the interests of justice, “according to a statement by 20 American lawyers appointed by Republican presidents, including George W. Bush, George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower.
– Kristine Phillips
Biden approval:Former US lawyers appointed by Republican presidents endorse Joe Biden
DOJ cannot represent Trump in E. Jean Carroll case
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Justice Department’s efforts to intervene in a defamation case against President Donald Trump brought by E. Jean Carroll, who claimed the president denigrated her when he denied his claim according to which Trump had raped her in the mid-1990s.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected the government’s central argument that Trump was acting in his official role as president last year when he denied the Carroll magazine writer’s claim that he had it raped in a locker room at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
The Justice Department’s intervention was seen as an effort to shield the president from potentially damaging legal action in the midst of a re-election campaign. The judge’s ruling effectively keeps Carroll’s claim alive.
– Kevin Johnson
DOJ:Justice Department cannot represent President Trump in defamation case against E. Jean Carroll, judge rules
Trump is sworn in late night for Amy Coney Barrett
President Donald Trump held a hasty swearing-in ceremony on Monday night after Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump rushed from the Pennsylvania election campaign for a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House amid a global pandemic.
The event took place near the Rose Garden, where a month earlier, the Indiana Federal Court of Appeal judge was presented in a crowded setting that contributed to the spread of COVID-19, to the both in the White House and in the Senate.
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, the most senior member of the current court, took the constitutional oath of office. Most of the gathered guests wore masks.
Chief Justice John Roberts will complete the process on Tuesday by taking the judicial oath to the new member of the court.
– Richard Wolf and David Jackson