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Bombshell report reveals Trump pressured DOJ attorneys to sue states in Supreme Court to overturn election

President Donald Trump pressured U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, possibly including former Attorney General Bill Barr, to file a lawsuit against four U.S. states in the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of his final attempts to overturn the election before leaving office.

The Wall Street Journal reports late Saturday night that effort "failed due to pushback from his own appointees in the Justice Department, who refused to file what they viewed as a legally baseless lawsuit in the Supreme Court."

The Journal also confirms Friday night's New York Times reporting that Trump attempted to remove his own acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, after Barr left the DOJ just two days before Christmas.

According to the Journal, "senior department officials threatened to resign en masse should Mr. Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to several people familiar with the discussions."

"Senior department officials, including Mr. Rosen, former Attorney General William Barr and former acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall refused to file the Supreme Court case, concluding that there was no basis to challenge the election outcome and that the federal government had no legal interest in whether Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden won the presidency," the paper adds.

The paper does not specify the exact timeframe of when Trump tried to force DOJ to file the lawsuit, but based on its report it had to have been after December 11, when the Supreme Court dismissed what most election law attorneys considered a frivolous suit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other Republican state attorneys general.

'Dumpster Fire' Chuck Grassley blasted for saying Biden should 'have control' over House and Senate Dems

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is under fire after claiming Senators should be taking orders from the leader of their political party. The Iowa Republican has been in Congress since 1975, and until Thursday was third in the line of succession to the presidency, in his role as President pro tempore of the Senate.

Senator Grassley, in his usual, unique style of tweeting, claimed President Joe Biden should have "control" over Democrats in the House and Senate. The U.S. Constitution makes clear there are three separate branches of government, and nowhere does it even suggest lawmakers are beholden to the President or any other party leader.

"Pres Biden is preaching unity & healing while Dem leadership is focused on impeachment of a former president. Does Pres Biden not hv control of congressional Democrats as leader of party??? This move will surely slow up Biden cabinet confirmations/agenda + increase division," Grassley tweeted.

Many on social media blasted the Iowa Republican for placing partisan politics over the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances and the three co-equal branches of government,

'Seditious conspiracy': Ethics complaint filed against Republicans over Capitol coup

An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College," by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.

If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.

Cawthorn spoke at President Trump's January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.

“This crowd has some fight in it," Cawthorn told Trump's MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard."

North Carolina's WLOS reports that "despite his tweets urging 'millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,' Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded" the day of the attempted coup.

“I don't feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol," Cawthorn said.

Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:

Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.

"Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump's supporters ahead of Congress' electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs," The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.

Fauci: Trump's coronavirus lies 'very likely' cost lives

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coronavirus misinformation now-former President Donald Trump spread for nearly a year "very likely" cost American lives.

Asked point-blank by CNN's John Berman Friday morning if Trump's "lack of candor" and "lack of facts" about COVID-19 "cost lives," Fauci replied, "You know it very likely did."

Ever the diplomat, the nation's top infectious diseases specialist immediately added, "You know I don't want that to be a soundbite."

He also accused Trump of going down "paths that are not based on any science at all," calling Trump's wild forays into fake "cures" like hydroxychloroquine, "not helpful at all and particularly when you're in the situation of almost being in a crisis."

"When you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically that clearly is not helpful," Fauci said.

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'How can you have unity if you're taking away everything we like?': Fox News blasts Biden for scrapping Trump policies

Conservatives all over the country have been using President Joe Biden's call for unity to attack him by criticizing the new president's decision to implement policies different from his predecessor. Nowhere was that more prevalent than on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning, which devoted several segments to the claim that Biden shouldn't change anything Trump did if he really wants unity.

"Our country's got to come together," the Fox News morning show's cohost Ainsley Earhardt told viewers, "and Joe Biden said yesterday, 'I want unity.' He talked about that in his speech, but the first thing he does, the first order of business is to walk in, sit down at the table, and he has 17 executive orders really wiping away much of what President Trump did. So, his supporters are saying, 'How can we have unity if you're taking away everything that we like?'"

Crooked Media's editor in chief sums up Republicans' false argument:

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QAnon congresswoman announces 'I've just filed Articles of Impeachment' on Joe Biden – over debunked conspiracy theory

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says she's "just filed Articles of Impeachment on President Joe Biden."

Rep. Greene, better known as the QAnon Congresswoman for her beliefs and support of the dangerous conspiracy theory that claims, among other falsehoods, that "Satanist Democrats are farming children underground in order to harvest and drink their blood," explained on Twitter the reason: "Americans can't have a President who has threatened foreign governments to remove government officials."

Greene is referring to the well-debunked conspiracy theory that falsely claims then-Vice President Biden withheld congressionally-appropriated funds from Ukraine in order to get that country to stop investigating his own son, Hunter Biden.

A video, which Greene posted, shows Biden demanding the removal of a government official and saying if they are not removed he will block $1 billion in U.S. aid from them.

The only problems the Congresswoman has is that removal of that official was official U.S. policy, and Biden was tasked with carrying it out. The official was corrupt, and a consortium of world governments had demanded his removal.

Rep. Greene didn't do her homework.

Earlier today a source said she had broken her promise to file Articles of Impeachment against President Biden because she hadn't realized how hard it would be.

Here's her video from Thursday afternoon:

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, this is how Republicans are spending their time, and the taxpayers' money.

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Biden's LGBTQ Executive Order is just the start – here are the other pro-equality actions the administration is taking

President Joe Biden is quickly establishing himself as America's most pro-LGBTQ president ever.

In his first 24 hours President Biden has signed a wide-ranging executive order on LGBTQ equality, added gender-neutral pronouns options to the White House website, nominated a Pennsylvania physician who will become the nation's first Senate-confirmed openly-transgender government official, nominated the first openly-LGBTQ person to his Cabinet, and announced he will reverse Trump's ban on open service for transgender military members.

The Biden administration Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, has also announced the State Dept. will allow U.S. embassies to fly the LGBTQ pride flag again, and reinstate the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons role.

But there's more.

Before the election the former Vice President promised to pass the Equality Act in his first 100 days. Last week an administration official said it might not happen that quickly but it is still a priority.

The Biden administration has also committed to hiring LGBTQ people. It now has the first openly-LGBTQ State Dept. spokesperson, Ned Price. Karine Jean-Pierre is the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, and Pili Tobar is the White House Deputy Communications Director.

Biden's LGBTQ+ executive order is garnering tremendous praise.

It is "the most substantive, wide-ranging executive order concerning sexual orientation and gender identity ever issued by a United States president," the Human Rights Campaign says.

Calling it "a revolution," Slate's Mark Joseph Stern sums up the Biden administration's focus on LGBTQ equality, describing it as "the most sweeping expansion of LGBTQ rights in American history."

The executive order mandates the federal government enforce federal law, as defined in last year's landmark Supreme Court Bostock case, "to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, health care, housing, and education, and other key areas of life," as HRC notes.

The language in President Biden's order is a striking departure in tone, motivation, and deed from anything ever seen in the Trump administration.

"Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love," Biden's LGBTQ executive order begins. "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."

The order is not just a directive, it is an educational document.

"Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation manifests differently for different individuals, and it often overlaps with other forms of prohibited discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race or disability," it says. "For example, transgender Black Americans face unconscionably high levels of workplace discrimination, homelessness, and violence, including fatal violence."

"It is the policy of my Administration to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and to fully enforce Title VII and other laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation," it specifies. "It is also the policy of my Administration to address overlapping forms of discrimination."

Dems blast McConnell for threatening to filibuster power-sharing agreement – so GOP can block all Democratic votes

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is entering his new, less powerful role the same way he managed the Senate when he was Majority Leader, with one purpose in mind: block everything Democrats want.

Democratic Senators on Thursday blasted McConnell publicly after he threatened to filibuster the organizing agreement, which specifies how many Senators from each party sit on committees and who chairs them.

CNN's Manu Raju notes if there is no power-sharing agreement, "the Senate will operate under the rules of the last Congress when the GOP controlled Senate majority and held committee chairs."

At the center of McConnell's obstruction: he's demanding Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) commit to keeping the filibuster – which would allow Republicans to block and jettison everything Democrats want. That means Republicans could block all of President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees, and all legislation Democrats want to pass, as Bloomberg's Steven Dennis reports:

McConnell on Senate floor both makes clear Republicans are prepared to block a lot of Biden's agenda while simultaneously insisting Schumer commit to preserving the filibuster rule, which enables them to do just that.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) January 21, 2021

Under the false cloak of "unity," McConnell is making "unprecedented, wacky, counterproductive" demands, according to at least one Democratic Senator, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Chief Deputy Whip.

McConnell is threatening to filibuster the Organizing Resolution which allows Democrats to assume the committee Chair positions. It's an absolutely unprecedented, wacky, counterproductive request. We won the Senate. We get the gavels.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 21, 2021

In fact, McConnell claims Democrats should commit to handing Republicans full power to toally obstruct, under the guise of "unity."

"If the talk of unity and common ground is to have meaning..." - McConnell on his demand that Democrats commit to preserving the filibuster rule.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) January 21, 2021

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) slammed McConnell's hypocrisy:

So after Mitch McConnell changed the Senate rules at a blistering pace during his 6 years in charge, he is threatening to filibuster the Senate's organizing resolution unless the Democratic majority agrees to never change the rules again.
Huh.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 21, 2021

Mother Jones's Ari Berman, one of the nation's top voting rights experts:

The last person who should be lecturing Democrats on democratic norms is Mitch McConnell, who blocked Merrick Garland for 237 days before election but confirmed Amy Coney Barrett 8 days before election when 65 million people had already voted
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 21, 2021

New York Times' contributing opinion writer, attorney, and playwright Wajahat Ali suggests Democrats adopt more of a scorched earth strategy:

Mcconnell is owed nothing. He said his proudest accomplishment was to obstruct Obama. He hoped to make him a one term President. Investigate the violent insurrection and reveal the info to the public. Itll be immensely damaging to the GOP. Also kill the filibuster. https://t.co/UHmgpP207N
— Wajahat "Notoriously Brown" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 21, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez smacks down Ted Cruz after he says Paris Climate Agreement is about the 'citizens of Paris'


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY) blasted U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday after he criticized newly-sworn in President Joe Biden for rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement hours after taking office.

The embattled Texas Senator tried to pay homage to former President Donald Trump in a tweet suggesting that the historic accords were simply about "the views of the citizens of Paris," instead of "the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh." Trump used that false argument when he withdrew from the Agreement.

197 countries have signed the Paris Agreement, nine – including the U.S. under Trump – have pulled out or are no longer following it. The only countries that are not part of the agreement but considered significant emitters of greenhouse gasses are the U.S. and Iran.

"By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he's more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh," Cruz tweeted Wednesday. "This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans."

Cruz is facing calls for his resignation or expulsion from the Senate after he became a leader in the movement to unlawfully overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. That movement came to a head after Cruz and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) joined President Donald Trump in inciting the deadly January 6 insurrection.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez slammed Cruz, strongly suggesting he is incompetent, mocking his grasp of the Paris Agreement, and lambasting him for his role in the insurrection.


'For what?': Defiant Lindsey Graham insists he has nothing to apologize for after months of election lies

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham insists he and the GOP have nothing to apologize for, and is lambasting Democrats who think they do. The South Carolina Republican who was now-former President Donald Trump's top supporter, defender, and confidant in the Senate was asked if he thinks he should apologize now that the nation has a new president.

"For what?" the defiant Graham, who has held public office for nearly three decades, repeatedly asked CBS News' Marge Brennan.

"Is there an apology for the broader misconception, the lies you talked about?" Brennan politely pressed, not spelling out that Graham for months spread lies about the 2020 election.

"I mean, do you all need to issue an apology for trying to destroy President Trump's presidency from day one?" Graham, scoffing at the mere suggestion he had done anything wrong, replied.

"I don't think so," he added, suggesting again he had nothing to apologize for.

Graham said the "bottom line" is he "called the Secretary of State to find out how you could verify signatures," something he, as a Senator from South Carolina, had no business doing.

"I'm not going to apologize for anything," he continued, saying he wants to "look forward" and "heal the nation" by working on infrastructure and immigration.

"Starting this presidency with the idea that somebody needs to apologize probably doesn't move us forward," Graham said.

In reality, the Georgia official Senator Graham called tells a different, far more devious, and possibly criminal story.

Graham has been accused of trying to interfere in the Georgia election, after he called that state's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who said he was "stunned" after receiving the call. He added he felt Graham was suggesting he "look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out."

A former U.S. Attorney has asked the Georgia State Election Board to investigate, Forbes has reported.

Watch Sen. Graham:


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