No evidence of voter fraud in the election of 2020, the verdict from 16 federal prosecutors this week. Evidence enough, of voter fraud, in the election of 2016 perhaps ...
Trump clings to power, denying the president elect access to messages of good will from around the world, now residing in the State Department Post box.
No access to top security briefings for Biden, no concession from Trump. No gracious acceptance speech. the President clings to office, as Biden's count in the electoral college increases to 306. Adding Georgia to the Democrat base this week, Trump for the first time on Friday came close to accepting, there would be a new administration in the White House on January 20th.
In his first official appearance in ten days since polls closed on November 3, Trump said “This administration will not be going to a lock down. Whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell”.
"The election was rigged", Trump tweeted on Friday. Sixteen federal prosecutors charged with investigating election crimes have said in a letter to Attorney General William Barr, "There is no evidence of voter fraud or other irregularities that could substantially impact the election."
In court, Republicans on Friday faced losses in Michigan, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Over the past two days, two prominent law firms have sought to withdraw from representing the Trump legal effort in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Trump’s claims of voting fraud have been contradicted by his own election security agency, which called last week’s vote “the most secure in American history”.
“There is no evidence that any voting system, deleted votes, lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) has now said.
Barack Obama has launched a scathing attack on Republicans “humoring” Donald Trump over his refusal to concede he lost the election, saying they were undermining both the incoming administration and the nation’s democracy.
John Kelly, former White House chief of staff, criticized Trump over the delay to the Biden Transition. "It's about the nation", the delay is damaging to national security. President elect Joe Biden should start receiving intelligence briefings to get them up to speed as soon as possible".
This week, The President Elect made a phone call to Boris Johnson in which the Prime Minister congratulated Joe Biden on his victory. A Downing Street spokesperson said the prime minister had "warmly
congratulated" Mr Biden and "conveyed his congratulations" to Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
This week China also offered congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Benbin said "We express our congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris. We respect the choice of the American people."
Yes China respects the choice of the American people. It is time for Donald Trump to do so too ...
That's all for this week! Have a great, safe, week-end ... Hands, Face and Space ...
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