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Trump is getting angry with Mike Pence for not joining in his attempts to overturn the election, report says
  • President Donald Trump is furious at those in his circle he thinks are not supporting, Axios reported.
  • They include Vice President Mike Pence, the outlet said. Pence's habit of not being around for Trump's most damaging moments has been noted before.
  • Trump thinks that those who are not fighting in his corner are — in Axios' words — "weak, stupid, or disloyal," and "beneath contempt."
... According to the outlet, the president is "turning bitterly on virtually every person around him" who he believes is not supporting his futile attempts to win back the election.

... In a meeting, Trump complained about Pence and brought up an ad by the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump Republican super PAC, which said that the vice president was "backing away" and "running away" from him, Axios reported.

On top of Pence, Trump is also unhappy with his chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, the outlet said.

... On January 6, Pence — in his role as vice president and Senate president — would also be expected to officially certify the selection of the president-elect and vice president-elect at that joint session.

Trump would consider this act from Pence — which is a constitutional formality — "the ultimate betrayal," Axios said.

Pence is often absent during Trump's most damaging moments. The vice president has made few public appearances since Election Day and has yet to take questions from reporters, according to CNN. Earlier this year, Pence was conspicuously absent as Trump was criticized for his response to Black Lives Matter protesters as well.

The lawyer for the Republican who pretended to be his dead mom to illegally vote for Trump says his client was attempting 'civil disobedience'
  • Bruce Bartman pretended to be his dead mother to illegally cast a vote for President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, prosecutors say.
  • Samuel Stretton, Bartman's lawyer, told Insider he admitted to the crime and plans to plead guilty.
  • "It was his way of doing civil disobedience by voting illegally for Trump," Stretton said.
  • Voter fraud is extremely rare in the US, with fewer than 200 convicted cases between 2000 and 2020, at which time hundreds of millions of votes were cast.
"He was angry at people criticizing the president and complaining about the election process, and he wanted to do what he considered civil disobedience by registering his mother and voting her," the attorney, Samuel Stretton, told Insider on Tuesday. "Of course, he was wildly mistaken."

Trump's main banker at Deutsche Bank announces her resignation
  • President Donald Trump's main banker at Deutsche Bank is leaving the company, according to the New York Times.
  • Rosemary Vrablic, a managing director at the bank, will step down on Dec. 31 after working with Trump for years.
  • Deutsche Bank stuck with Trump through several turbulent periods in his business career, loaning him billions of dollars over decades.
  • As legal scrutiny mounted over Trump's business dealings mounted throughout his first term in office, Deutsche Bank has reportedly looked to sever ties with him.
President Donald Trump will need a new go-to contact at Deutsche Bank upon leaving office, with his longtime banker at the firm announcing her resignation on Tuesday, according to the New York Times.

"I've chosen to resign my position with the bank effective Dec. 31 and am looking forward to my retirement," Rosemary Vrablic, a managing director at the bank, said in a statement to the Times.

Vrablic's reason for leaving remains unclear, according to the Times report.

Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank and its billions of dollars in loans to his business over the years have drawn heavy scrutiny since he took office.

... How Deutsche Bank stuck by him through so much turbulence in his business career has perplexed experts.

The bank's own anti-money laundering specialists flagged several transactions involving Trump and Kushner from 2016 and 2017, according to another Times report from 2019.

The Times found that top brass at Deutsche Bank rejected the specialists' advice and never reported any of it to authorities.

White supremacists planned an attack on the US power grid if Trump lost the election, a mistakenly unsealed FBI affidavit reveals
  • An Ohio teenager is accused of plotting to shoot rifles at power stations across the US to cause an outage, according to an FBI affidavit cited by the Associated Press.
  • The plan was part of an effort to assemble a White supremacist group that would be "operational" by 2024 but that would act sooner if President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election.
  • Trump has been trying to whip up his base by repeatedly claiming the November presidential election was "stolen" from him. He lost to President-elect Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes.
White supremacists plotted to attack power stations in the southeastern US, and an Ohio teenager who allegedly shared the plan said he wanted the group to be "operational" on a fast-tracked timeline if President Donald Trump were to lose his re-election bid, the FBI alleges in an affidavit that was mistakenly unsealed.

The teen was in a text group with more than a dozen people in the fall of 2019 when he introduced the idea of saving money to buy a ranch where they could participate in militant training, according to the affidavit, which was filed under seal along with a search warrant application in Wisconsin's Eastern U.S. District Court in March. The documents were inadvertently unsealed last week before the mistake was discovered and they were quickly sealed again.

... The Ohio teen, who was 17 at the time, also shared plans with a smaller group about a plot to create a power outage by shooting rifle rounds into power stations in the southeastern US. The teen called the plot "Light's Out" and there were plans to carry it out in the summer of 2021, the affidavit states.

One group member, a Texas native who was a Purdue University student at the time, allegedly sent the informant a text saying "leaving the power off would wake people up to the harsh reality of life by wreaking havoc across the nation."

The affidavit identifies three people by name and references others who were allegedly communicating with or part of the group. The Associated Press is not naming any of the individuals because charges have not been publicly filed.

... The affidavit details an investigation into group members, who allegedly share white supremacist ideology. The document outlines how they communicated over encrypted messaging applications before three of them eventually met up in person. They also allegedly shared recommended reading on white supremacist literature, required a "uniform" to symbolize their commitment and talked about making weapons. The affidavit says the Ohio teen put Nazi flags in his room, but his mother told him to take them down.

Some group members also indicated that they were prepared to die for their beliefs. One man from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, allegedly told the Ohio teen: "I can say with absolute certainty that I will die for this effort. I swear it on my life." The teen replied: "I can say the same," the court documents state.

According to the affidavit, the Wisconsin man also told an undercover FBI employee in February that the group was interested in taking "direct action" against the system and said, "If you truly want a fascist society I will put in the effort to work with you but recruitment is long and not going to be easy."

He then outlined a "radicalization" process to instill a "revolutionary mindset" which ended with recruits proving they are more than just talk. He allegedly wrote that if it seemed too tough, "I recommend leaving now, we are extremely serious about our goals and ambitions."

The affidavit says the Ohio teen also spoke numerous times about creating Nazi militant cells around the country like those of the neo-Nazi network the Atomwaffen Division.

Atomwaffen Division members have promoted "accelerationism," a fringe philosophy espousing mass violence to fuel society's collapse. More than a dozen people linked to the group or an offshoot called the Feuerkrieg Division have been charged with serious crimes in recent years.

This investigation apparently began after a fourth man, from Canada, was stopped while trying to enter the US. The man told border agents that he was going to visit the Ohio teen, whom he had recently met over an encrypted app, according to the affidavit. Agents found Nazi and white supremacist images on his phone.

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