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DOJ investigating possible criminal 'bribery' for presidential pardon scheme
Vacclav/iStock BY: ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Newly unsealed documents reveal the Justice Department is looking into allegations that lobbyists may have tried to bribe White House officials or a related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon . The partially redacted documents, unsealed Tuesday by the chief judge on the D.C. district court, show that government investigators have seized communications related to an investigation into unidentified individuals who may have engaged in a "secret lobbying scheme" to contact senior White House officials to secure "a pardon or reprieve of sentence" for another unidentified individual. The filing notes...
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Trump-Biden transition live updates: Biden debuts economic team
Caroline Purser/iStock By LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in 50 days.Here is how the transition is unfolding. All times Eastern: Dec 01, 6:28 pm Georgia election official calls on Trump to condemn supporters' threats: 'Someone's gonna get killed' Gabriel Sterling, the statewide voting system implementation manager in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office, unleashed on the president from Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, as well as GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, chastising them for not forcefully condemning threats of violence against election officials...
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Trump campaign, GOP raised at least $170 million since Election Day pushing baseless election fraud claims
Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images BY: WILL STEAKIN AND SOO RIN KIM, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Since Election Day, President Donald Trump ’s campaign has raised over $170 million through relentlessly pushing baseless allegations that the 2020 election was stolen and rigged, multiple sources confirmed to ABC News. The massive figure is in part the result of a surge in small-dollar donations post-election as the team bombards supporters with messaging that pushes false and unfounded claims that the election was rigged, a source familiar told ABC News. Under the name of "Election Defense Fund," the president's joint fundraising committee with...
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Barr appoints US attorney as special counsel in origins of Russia probe investigation
Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images BY: LUKE BARR AND ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — A Department of Justice inspector general report released last year determined the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was launched with an authorized purpose, despite significant allegations of wrongdoing in how agents handled the counterintelligence probe of President Donald Trump's first presidential campaign. "In advance of the presidential election, I decided to appoint Mr. Durham as a Special Counsel to provide him and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the...
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DOJ hasn't uncovered widespread fraud that would change election results: Barr
YinYang/iStock BY: ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Attorney General William Barr said in an interview Tuesday that the Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would tip the results of the presidential election , a comment directly undercutting allegations being made by President Donald Trump and his legal team. "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the Associated Press. The comments are likely to infuriate President Trump and members of his legal team, who have increasingly turned their ire towards...
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The size of House Democrats' shrinking majority comes down to nail-biter races
dkfielding/iStock BY: KENDALL KARSON, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Democrats in the House might still have a majority to wield over the GOP next year, but their advantage is growing narrower as Republicans take minuscule leads, currently under 400 votes, in some of the final races of the season. The drama surrounding the House contests has largely been eclipsed by President Donald Trump's relentless assailment of the country's electoral system, including his efforts to cast doubt over the integrity of the election and his campaign's string of unsuccessful lawsuits to challenge the results. Despite President-elect Joe Biden clinching the White House,...
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Mnuchin faces grilling over shutdown of CARES Act loan programs
Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images BY: ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — In a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats grilled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over his decision to end several Federal Reserve emergency loan programs financed through the CARES Act. In his opening statement, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, excoriated Mnuchin, claiming it would further damage the staggering economy. “As far as I can tell, Secretary Mnuchin, you are leaving the country worse off that you found it,” Brown said. “Other than using your final months in office to work for the people who you have sworn to serve, you appear to be...
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Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose $908 billion compromise on COVID-19 relief
Douglas Rissing/iStock By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a compromise COVID-19 relief proposal Tuesday that would provide $908 billion in funds focused on state and local aid, unemployment insurance and small business loans. The $908 billion figure aims to bridge the persisting gap between leadership of both parties who want vastly different things in a COVID-19 relief package, though it's unlikely the proposal will satisfy either side. "This is emergency relief. This is designed to get us through this next quarter," Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the bipartisan group, said. "We...
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White House vetting pardon requests as some push Trump to preemptively pardon family
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead BY: JOHN SANTUCCI, KATHERINE FAULDERS, AND OLIVIA RUBIN, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — As White House aides come to terms with the election results and turn their focus to the remaining weeks of President Trump's administration, multiple sources tell ABC News that various Trump allies and other lawyers have begun a campaign to petition the West Wing in hopes of securing pardons for those who might receive a sympathetic reception from the president. Those in the mix for a potential pardon have ranged from family members and associates all the way to the...
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Controversial postal chief poised to remain in Biden administration
Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With no clear recourse to immediately remove him, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is widely expected to remain in his role after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next month, leaving in place one of the most controversial figures of the Trump era as Biden seeks to reshape the federal government in his image.A former logistics company executive and Republican donor with close ties to President Donald Trump, DeJoy imposed sweeping changes at the agency that slowed mail service over the summer, prompting accusations that his efforts could undermine the presidential vote....
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FDA chief summoned to White House amid pressure to authorize vaccine emergency use
vladans/iStock By BEN GITTLESON, KATHERINE FAULDERS and JORDYN PHELPS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Food and Drug Administration was summoned to the White House Tuesday amid President Donald Trump's frustration that his agency hasn’t moved faster to authorize Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, officials familiar with the meeting told ABC News.FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn spent about an hour and a half at the White House Tuesday morning for a scheduled meeting with chief of staff Mark Meadows.The meeting, first reported by Axios, comes as the FDA is in the painstaking and high-stakes process of evaluating multiple coronavirus...
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Trump campaign lawyer calls for fired DHS election security official to be 'shot'
Drew Angerer/Getty Images By LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A lawyer for President Donald Trump's campaign has attacked the former top cyber official at DHS, after he spoke out against the president's claims that the election was fraudulent.Joe diGenova said that former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs "should be drawn and quartered, taken out at dawn and shot."DiGenova, speaking on the conservative outlet Newsmax, said that Krebs was an "idiot.""Mail in balloting is inherently corrupt and this election proved it," diGenova told host Howie Carr. "This was not a coincidence, this was all planned. Anybody who...
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