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Federal Authorities Have Arrested 535 People Since January 6th Attack on Capitol

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Over 535 individuals have been arrested for participating in the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, according to federal authorities.

The US Justice Department made its announcement Tuesday, exactly six months after a Trump-fueled mob stormed the Capitol seeking to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory by Congress.


Justice Department Rejected Trump's Efforts To Overturn Presidential Election

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Former president Donald Trump pressed the Justice Department during his waning weeks in office to join his failed effort to overturn his election defeat based on his false claims of voting fraud, but its leaders refused, with one decrying the "pure insanity" of the claims, documents released on Tuesday showed.

The records, obtained by the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee, provided new insight into the actions of the Republican former president in trying to enlist the department to act on his claims. The documents showed a series of overtures made by Trump, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and an outside private attorney, Kurt Olsen.


Dominion Voting Systems Files $1.6 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox News

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Dominion Voting Systems Inc has filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network LLC, claiming the network knowingly spread misinformation about the company’s role in nonexistent voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. In a complaint filed Friday in Superior Court of Delaware, Dominion accused Fox of trying to boost falling ratings by crafting “a storyline about election fraud that cast a then little-known voting machine company called Dominion as the villain.”


Fox News Hosts — Present and Former — Seek Dismissal of Smartmatic Libel Lawsuit

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Three Fox News Network personalities are reportedly seeking the dismissal of a $2.7 billion libel lawsuit brought by Smartmatic Corporation, arguing that they were within the bounds of First Amendment protection as they covered ultimately false claims that the voting technology company rigged the 2020 presidential election results. Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro filed separate motions Friday to dismiss Smartmatic’s lawsuit, which alleged the network, a unit of Fox Corporation (Nasdaq: FOXA) and its hosts caused financial harm with its coverage, according to The Associated Press.


Twitter Tosses MyPillow CEO Lindell for 'Repeated Violations' of Election Misinformation Policy

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Twitter permanently suspended MyPillow Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell’s account after he continued to perpetuate the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, according to multiple reports.

The social media platform said it banned Lindell on late Monday due to “repeated violations” of its election misinformation policy, however it did not say which tweets triggered the suspension of his account.

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US Capitol on Lockdown as Trump Supporters Breach Barricades and Storm Building

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Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters, including members of far-right groups, at a rally in Washington protesting Wednesday’s meeting of Congress to confirm his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden in November.

A short walk from the rally, hundreds of Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting, clambering onto the structures erected for Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 to unfurl Trump flags and gathering on the Capitol steps. Police used teargas and pepper spray on some of the protesters.


President-Elect Biden Says 'Democracy Prevailed' After Electoral College Confirms Win

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President-elect Joe Biden pointedly criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for threatening core principles of democracy even as he told Americans that their form of self-government ultimately “prevailed.”

Speaking from his longtime home of Wilmington, Delaware, on the day that electors nationwide cast votes affirming his victory, Biden was blunt in critiquing the damage done by Trump’s baseless allegations that the contest was stolen. Such arguments have been roundly rejected by judges across the political spectrum, including the justices at the Supreme Court.


Electoral College Confirms Victory for Joe Biden; No Faithless Electors Seen

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The Electoral College gave Joe Biden a solid majority of its votes Monday, confirming his victory in last month’s election in state-by-state voting that took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he lost.

California’s 55 electoral votes put Biden over the top, clearing the 270-vote mark that affirmed he will be the nation’s next president.

Heightened security was in place in some states as electors met on the day established by federal law. Electors cast paper ballots in gatherings that took place in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with masks, social distancing and other virus precautions the order of the day. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.


Trump's Lies Tear Open a Rift Among Arizona Republicans

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spent much of Donald Trump’s presidency trying not to provoke confrontation with the president or his fervent defenders. He almost made it through.

But when state law required Ducey to certify Arizona’s presidential election results and sign off on Trump’s defeat last week, four years of loyalty wasn’t enough to protect him from the president. “Republicans will long remember!,” Trump tweeted in anger at the governor.

Since then, the episode has spiraled into a public and politically damaging dispute between Ducey and influential Trump loyalists in his own party. Those who believe Trump’s unproven claims of fraud and support his effort to undermine the will of voters say Ducey betrayed his party. His defenders have dismissed the critics as “nuts.”


Wisconsin Supreme Court Declines To Hear Trump's Election Lawsuit

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A split Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state, sidestepping a decision on the merits of the claims and instead ruling that the case must first wind its way through lower courts.

The defeat on a 4-3 ruling was the latest in a string of losses for Trump’s post-election lawsuits. Judges in multiple battleground states have rejected his claims of fraud or irregularities. Dissenting conservative justices said the decision would forever “stain” the outcome of the election.


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