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Giuliani makes accusations of fraud that the Trump team has failed to support in court.
At a rambling news conference on Thursday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, mixed misleading statements, wild conspiracy theories and outright fabrications as he attempted to suggest that Mr. Trump still had a viable pathway to winning the election.

Over and over again, Mr. Giuliani and other members of the president’s legal team suggested that Mr. Trump had evidence to prove that “massive fraud” had been committed in swing states across the country. But Mr. Giuliani himself had undercut that accusation in one high-profile case, telling the federal judge overseeing a suit in Pennsylvania, “This is not a fraud case.”

Mr. Giuliani, speaking at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, claimed that Mr. Trump would prevail in the election if only he could get his day in front of a judge.

“Give us a chance to prove it in court and we will,” he said.

The problem? In many of the instances that Mr. Giuliani mentioned, the Trump campaign has already had its chance in court — and failed.

... Shortly after Mr. Giuliani’s news conference, which was carried live on Fox News, the Republican strategist Karl Rove appeared on the channel and said that Mr. Giuliani should prove his “strange” accusations in court or “withdraw” them immediately.

The CEO of the Republican-leaning US Chamber of Commerce urges Trump to start the transition to Biden immediately 'for the sake of Americans' safety'
  • Top business leaders are increasingly recognizing Joe Biden as the president-elect, even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede.
  • Tom Donohue, the CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday urged Trump to start the transition process to Biden without delay.
  • "While the Trump administration can continue litigating to confirm election outcomes, for the sake of Americans' safety and well-being, it should not delay the transition a moment longer," Donohue told Axios.
  • Donohue has worked closely with Republican presidents in the past.
  • Executives from Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, IMB, Microsoft, Facebook, PayPal, Rent the Runway and many others have already congratulated Biden on his election win.
The chamber formally recognized Biden's election victory on November 7, saying it "stands ready to work with the Biden administration and leaders on both sides of the aisle to restore public health, revitalize our economy, and help rebuild American lives and communities."

... The Business Roundtable, which represents top CEOs including executives from Apple, Walmart, and CVS Health, congratulated Biden and Harris, adding: "We believe that all Americans can have utmost confidence that the outcome reflects the will of the American people."

How the world is celebrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' election win

  • The world is celebrating Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
  • In Japan, one mask manufacturer is already ramping up production of Biden masks and relegating Trump masks to the bottom of the pile.
  • Around the world, congratulations for Biden are pouring in from world leaders, even if Trump and Republican lawmakers won't acknowledge the victory.

'Up is down, down is up': Trump did Russia's job for it by firing Chris Krebs, and Krebs' removal is the biggest sign of his success
  • President Trump's firing this week of Chris Krebs, the US's top cybersecurity official who spearheaded efforts to protect the 2020 election, is among his most consequential dismissals since he lost the election.
  • Krebs' firing opens the door for foreign adversaries to target US critical infrastructure, and one security professional said his removal was comparable, from a cyber standpoint, to Trump's so-called "decapitation strike" at the Pentagon last week.
  • David Kennedy, a former hacker for the National Security Agency, joked that cybersecurity experts "were bored out of their minds" this year because "nothing was happening" during the 2020 election thanks to Krebs' efforts to secure the vote.
  • In 2016, "we saw a lot of evidence of foreign adversaries like Russia sowing confusion and doubt about our electoral process and the accuracy of the results," said Jason Glassberg, a co-founder of Casaba Security.
  • Glassberg added: "In 2020, we've got the president doing our foreign adversaries' work. It's a complete turnaround."
Shortly after Krebs was fired, his deputy, Matt Travis, was forced out. And last week, Bryan Ware, another senior CISA official, was similarly ousted. With Krebs and Travis out, Brandon Wales, CISA's executive director and the third highest-ranking official, is the acting head of the agency.

Unlike his predecessor, Wales is a career official and not a political appointee, which means he can't be fired by Trump. And according to Politico, Krebs specifically tapped Wales to join CISA because he trusted him to lead the agency in the event that political forces pushed Krebs out.

Rudy Giuliani straight-up asked a federal judge to ignore Pennsylvania voters and declare Trump won the state
  • In a new court filing, Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Marc Scaringi asked a federal judge to declare President Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania.
  • President-elect Joe Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes.
  • The judge appeared skeptical of Giuliani's legal argument when he presented it in court Tuesday.
Giuliani argued the case in court Tuesday to a cool reception from Judge Matthew Brann.

"You're asking this court to invalidate more than 6.8 million votes, thereby disenfranchising every single voter in the commonwealth," Brann said at the hearing. "Can you tell me how this result can possibly be justified?"

... The campaign appears to be shifting its strategy in recent days, no longer focusing on federal lawsuits, according to the Associated Press. Instead, it is attempting to stop individual counties from certifying their election results, the Associated Press reported.

The Trump campaign withdrew from its major federal court case in Michigan Thursday morning. Giuliani sent out a statement declaring the lawsuit was no longer necessary, falsely declaring that Wayne County did not certify its results.

Of the 21 lawsuits that the Trump campaign and other Republican and GOP-aligned groups have filed since Election Day, they have won zero.

'No one can talk about it': Federal officials are fuming as transition books are gathering dust on their desks and their Trump-appointed bosses won't acknowledge Biden's win
  • Senior federal employees at agencies across the government spent months putting together briefing books and electronic documents to help the next president.
  • Those books are gathering dust on their desks as the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.
  • Career officials are increasingly frustrated that the delay could hurt everything from national security to economic recovery and the response to the pandemic. But they fear that speaking out could hurt their jobs.
  • "We can't get them into the hands of the Biden team," a senior federal career employee who participated in the transition told Insider this week. "There's nothing that we can do."
  • Government employees say they're also barred from doing any planning inside their agencies for how policies might change under Biden. "The politicals don't want any talk about transition," the career employee said.
"We are prohibited from communicating with them," said the career employee. "There's nothing that we can do."

The implications could be severe, particularly for national security issues, that person added. "Our enemies out there are looking at the transition for one of the soft points where the US government can trip up."

Already, 16 of the 78 days the new administration would have had to prepare between Election Day and January 20 when Biden is sworn-in have passed.

"The federal government is a very, very complex organization, and if an incoming president has just a few days for their team to get on top of the thousands of critical issues that are necessary to be aware of in the first few days of an administration, that is really quite dangerous," said the career employee who has worked on the transition. "I just can't see how anyone, let alone a president, would not want this to be successful."

Rudy Giuliani's hair dye trickled down his face at a wild news conference where he quoted 'My Cousin Vinny' to support his legal arguments about the election
  • Rudy Giuliani gave a bizarre press conference Thursday in which he quoted "My Cousin Vinny," floated unfounded conspiracy theories, and claimed President Donald Trump won an election that he decisively lost.
  • In the middle of the press conference, Giuliani's hair dye started running down the side of his face.
  • At one point, someone who was operating the Trump campaign's official feed of the press conference could be heard saying, "You see f---ing Rudy's hair dye dripping down his face?"
  • Photos and videos captured the moment for posterity.
Much of the press conference consisted of Giuliani rehashing the same conspiracy theories the president has amplified: mail-in ballots are fraudulent, election machines were illegally tampered with, ballots were secretly dumped, and Democrats masterminded a vast election-rigging scheme to simultaneously win the White House and get destroyed in downballot and state legislative races.

Fact check: There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. This election was the safest in US history because of the use of paper ballots and voting machines with verifiable paper trails as well as the efforts of nonpartisan election and cybersecurity officials who worked behind the scenes to secure the vote. It's worth noting, too, that the Trump campaign and Republican officials haven't won a single one of the nearly two dozen legal challenges they've filed since the election, and many of the lawsuits focus on technical issues that do not affect the overall results.

New York fraud investigations into Trump have expanded to include consulting fee write-offs, some of which appeared to be paid to Ivanka Trump
  • Two New York fraud investigations into President Donald Trump have expanded to include consulting fee write-offs, some of which appeared to be paid to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, The New York Times reported,
  • A Times investigation into Trump's taxes found that between the years 2010 and 2018 there were a total of $26 million in consulting fees listed as write-offs.
  • One payment of $747,622 exactly matched a payment disclosed by Ivanka Trump that she received from a consulting firm she co-owns, though The Times notes that the first daughter is not thought to be the focus of the probes.

Trump reportedly told an ally he knows he lost the 2020 election but wants revenge on Democrats for disputing his 2016 win
  • President Donald Trump told an ally that he has accepted his loss in the 2020 election, but wants to avenge Democrats for disputing his win in 2016, CNN reported.
  • President-elect Joe Biden was projected to defeat Trump two weeks ago, but Trump has still not conceded or permitted his administration brief Biden's transition team.
  • The Trump campaign has tried to deny Biden victory and overturn vote counts with a string of lawsuits in several states.
  • According to CNN, Trump wants to get back at former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for saying Russia helped him win, and wants revenge for the Mueller investigation.
  • Many of the Trump campaign's election lawsuits have hit a wall, with Trump and his team now launching a new plan to stall the final vote count for long enough to throw Biden's victory into doubt.

Obama joked that Trump might have to get dragged out of the White House by Navy SEALs if he keeps refusing to concede
  • Barack Obama joked that Navy SEALs could remove President Donald Trump from the White House if he refuses to leave after Inauguration Day.
  • He made the quip while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show Thursday night.
  • Trump has refused to concede the election and has launched baseless challenges to the result, with aides saying he expects to stay in office for another term.
  • Obama also said he wishes Trump would work with President-elect Joe Biden during the transition period.
Former President Barack Obama joked that President Donald Trump could be removed from the White House by Navy SEALs if he refuses to leave after Inauguration Day.

Obama appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday, where Kimmel riffed about what might happen if an unnamed person — clearly Trump — were trying not to be found.

"You know the White House well. You lived there for eight years. Are there places someone could hide? Like, if, say, they were going to be removed? Are there little cubby holes or anything that you know about?"

Obama laughed along and said: "Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in to dig him out."

You can watch the moment here, at 10:54 into the video:

President Obama is Scared of Sasha and Roasts Donald Trump

President Obama talks about his new book “A Promised Land,” selling more books on the first day than Michelle did, being scared of Sasha and Michelle, the alias his daughters came up with for him, the struggle of being a good father and husband while also being a good President, being on the cover of InStyle Magazine, sinking a three pointer while campaigning with Joe Biden, calling the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, getting Trump out of the White House, Joe Biden becoming President, resurrecting the Pandemic Task Force disbanded by Donald Trump, getting the Affordable Care Act passed, the work that still needs to be done, the best night of his Presidency, the Bin Laden raid, Donald Trump’s birther theory, and he surprises a totally unsuspecting fan.

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