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Fox News star Geraldo Rivera called out diehard Trump fan Charlie Kirk for continuing to push voter fraud theories after the Electoral College confirmed Biden's victory
  • Geraldo Rivera called out conservative commentator Charlie Kirk for continuing to dispute the results of the 2020 election on Monday night.
  • The two appeared on Martha MacCallum's Fox News show to weigh in on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory speech.
  • When Kirk said there were "still plenty of pending legal challenges" to the results of the election, Rivera cut in, saying "That's so dishonest!"
  • "For six weeks we have litigated this," Rivera said. "You have to stop this."
"For six weeks we have litigated this. For six weeks. Twice the Supreme Court of the United States have rejected it, nine to nothing, including all three Trump associate justices. You have to stop this," Rivera said.

"Enough is enough."

Kirk got the last word, ending the debate by saying: "I believe for the future of our country, and for the goodness of our republic these questions must be answered or else you're going to have tens of millions of people that will never trust another election again."

Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden after the Electoral College confirmed Trump's defeat
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally called and congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election.
  • It comes more than a month after the final votes were cast, and several weeks after most world leaders.
  • "For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you," Putin told the President-elect.
  • Trump's initial refusal to concede the election formally to Biden allowed Putin to amplify the president's conspiracy theories about the US election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election more than a month after the final votes were cast and several weeks after most world leaders.

... A Kremlin spokesperson said in a statement cited by Reuters that "Putin wished the president-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which have a special responsibility for global security and stability, could, despite their differences, really help to solve the many problems and challenges facing the world."

Arizona Trump fans posed as electors to submit a document trying to seize the state's 11 votes for him instead of Biden, report says
  • A group of self-appointed 'electors' notarized and submitted a document meant to award Arizona's 11 Electoral College votes to President Trump, according to a local report.
  • The Arizona Republic, which has seen the document, reported that it appeared to be fake.
  • The group that filed the document, AZ Protect the Vote, appears to have been emboldened by national and statewide efforts to overturn Arizona's result, which was confirmed Monday.
  • Republican Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged Biden's win there on November 30, but several GOP figures have encouraged election challenges.

Former Navy SEAL William McRaven says having acting officials leading the US military 'does not serve the American public well'
  • Retired Adm. William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL who previously led US Special Operations Command, said Monday that having acting officials leading the military should make the American people "uncomfortable."
  • "When you having acting secretaries, acting under secretaries, and acting assistant secretaries, that does not serve the American public well," McRaven said.
  • Following a purge of the Pentagon's civilian leadership shortly after the presidential election in November, the Trump administration filled the defense secretary post, as well as the top policy and intelligence positions, with acting officials, bypassing the approval of elected representatives in Congress.
McRaven said that the process in which lawmakers approve individuals selected to serve as military leaders is one in which the American people can be confident. He added, though, that "it should also make them very uncomfortable when people are sitting in positions for which they have not been confirmed by the Senate."

Senior military leaders, such as the secretary of defense, are typically nominated by the president and then confirmed through a vote in the Senate. This process, McRaven and the other panelists said, is one way to ensure civilian control of the military.

"Elected civilian oversight is hugely important," retired US Army Gen. Carter Ham, a former head of US Africa Command, said during the event, explaining that it is important for commanders and other senior military leaders to have the approval of the elected representatives of the nation.

"The scrutiny those commanders undergo to be considered for, nominated, and then confirmed by the Senate to serve in those positions is extraordinary," Ham added, referring to the often intense lines of questioning a nominee faces prior to being confirmed.

'The Electoral College has spoken': Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially congratulates Biden as 'president-elect'
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for winning the 2020 election.
  • "The Electoral College has spoken ... so today I want to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
  • He is the highest profile Republican so far to acknowledge Biden's victory and the latest GOP lawmaker to do so after the Electoral College officially certified Biden as the winner on Monday.

Trump is pocketing Georgia Senate runoff donations for his PAC, while the GOP candidates themselves don't get a dollar, a new report says
  • While fundraising for the Georgia Senate runoffs, President Donald Trump is diverting 75% of most donations to his Save America political action committee, effectively allowing him to hold onto that money for future endeavors.
  • The other 25% goes to the Republican National Committee, meaning the GOP candidates trying to hold on to their seats — Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — will not see a dollar from Trump's fundraising push coming to their campaigns.
  • A new report from Politico details how Trump is approaching the runoffs in a similar way to how he's been using the fundraising apparatus for his post-election legal efforts.
  • "The reality is Donald Trump does not care about the future of the Republican Party, so if he can raise money off of the Georgia runoffs but keep the money for his own purposes, he will do so," Doug Heye, a longtime GOP strategist told Politico.

Georgia secretary of state says it's 'embarrassing' that GOP Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue badgered his office for information they already had
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said it was "embarrassing" that the state's GOP Senate candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, were badgering his office for information their campaigns already had.
  • Loeffler and Perdue released a statement Monday calling for Raffensperger to "to compile and release a final list of newly registered voters" ahead of Georgia's Senate runoffs on January 5.
  • "This is totally unacceptable," the senators said, adding that "this lack of transparency needs to be rectified immediately, or the integrity of our elections will remain threatened."
  • "Though I've told the Republican Party to stop focusing on me and instead direct their energies to winning the Senate runoffs, clearly they haven't listened," Raffensperger said in response.
  • He called it "embarrassing" for Perdue and Loeffler "not to know that the data they want is already publicly available" and that "their own campaigns already have the data they're looking for."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee said in response that it has "requested and received copies of the newly registered Georgia voters every day and the NRSC confirmed that it shared that public data with the Perdue and Loeffler Senate campaigns."

... An NRSC representative also confirmed that "they have those lists."

In addition to information about newly registered voters, the lists also contain other demographic information, the date voters registered, and the date of the last vote they cast, if relevant.

Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have faced a barrage of insults and criticism from President Donald Trump and his allies who blame Republican election officials for not doing enough to help Trump overturn the results of the 2020 race.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump retweeted a post from the GOP lawyer Lin Wood calling for Kemp and Raffensperger to be jailed for carrying out their legal and civic duty to certify the results of Georgia's presidential election.

Raffensperger and his wife have also faced death and rape threats from the president's supporters, one of whom said he should face a firing squad for certifying President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of Georgia's 16 electoral votes after a risk-limiting audit.

In the weeks since, Raffensperger has grown increasingly vocal about his efforts to combat the lies and disinformation Trump and his loyalists have spread about the election, telling Business Insider in a recent interview that the process is like "playing rumor whac-a-mole."

The pro-Trump cable network Newsmax will refer to Biden as 'president-elect' after weeks of Trump praising them for refusing to do so
  • President-elect Joe Biden is finally being recognized as such by Newsmax, a pro-Trump cable network that has been disputing the results for weeks.
  • President Donald Trump has lavished praise on Newsmax, along with their competitor One America News Network, for their willingness to entertain his election fraud conspiracy theories.
  • "As a result of the Electoral College vote Joe Biden is the president-elect and will be referred to as such on Newsmax," a Tuesday statement from Newsmax reads. "We also recognize President Trump continues to contest the results and we will cover aspects of that news story."
  • Newsmax gained more national prominence following the election after Trump waged war on Fox News once they called the race for Biden.

Trump retweets prominent attorney who says Georgia governor Brian Kemp 'will soon be going to jail'
  • President Donald Trump retweeted a post on Tuesday by a lawyer allied with his campaign who claimed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp "will soon be going to jail."
  • "President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man," Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood wrote. "He gave @BrianKempGA & @GaSecofState every chance to get it right. They refused. They will soon be going to jail."
  • Trump has hammered Kemp and other top Republican officials in Georgia for weeks as they rejected his bid to overturn the election results.

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