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Pence asked a judge to kill a lawsuit filed by Trump fans seeking to empower him to overturn Biden's election win on January 6
  • Vice President Mike Pence responded late Thursday to a lawsuit by a group of Trump supporters hoping to push him to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.
  • It is part of a longshot bid to empower the Vice President to accept or reject the results of the presidential election in each state.
  • The Trump supporters, led by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, asked a judge to tell Pence he has unilateral power to reject the results at a meeting of Congress on January 6.
  • But Pence wants no part of it — in his response, government lawyers argued that the suit was misdirected. Pence also declined an earlier chance to join the lawsuit.
Vice President Mike Pence asked a judge to stop a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump Republicans who hope it will empower him to stop President-elect Joe Biden taking power later this month.

The Department of Justice issued the request on Pence's behalf to a federal judge late on Thursday December 31.

The news outlet Law and Crime published a copy of the Pence response alongside its article on the case.

The suit was filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, alongside a group of Trump supporters from Arizona.

The Department of Justice letter sent on Pence's behalf called the lawsuit a "legal contradiction" and said it should not have been filed against Pence at all.

The DOJ cited the principle that in order to sue somebody, you ought to be opposed to them in some way, according to The Washington Post.

This, it said, was not the case for Pence since the Trump supporters were, confusingly, suing Pence in order to give him extra powers.

A Trump hotel in DC more than quadrupled prices for room bookings around Biden's inauguration
  • The Trump International Hotel has posted hiked-up room rates on its website for stays that coincide with President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.
  • Room rates at the hotel, located in Washington, DC, begin at $2,225 per night around January 20, the day of the inauguration.
  • On other days in January, rates begin at $476.
One of President Donald Trump's hotels is trying to profit from guests looking for a room on or near January 20, the inauguration date for Joe Biden.

There is a two-night minimum stay requirement for all guests traveling during the time of the inauguration, according to the hotel website.

Other nearby Washington, DC, hotels are also jacking up prices, according to Politico, which first reported that Trump's hotel is hiking up prices ahead of Biden's inauguration.

GOP-led Senate delivers first successful veto override of Trump's presidency in fight over defense bill during his final weeks in office
  • The Senate on Friday voted to override President Donald Trump's veto on the National Defense Authorization Act, a $741 billion defense bill.
  • This represented the first successful veto override of Trump's presidency, though he's issued nine vetoes in his tenure.
  • The president took issue with the defense bill largely because it did not include a provision addressing his unrelated concerns surrounding social media.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted to override President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, delivering a major legislative defeat to the commander-in-chief during his final weeks in office.

This marked the first successful veto override of Trump's presidency. Trump has issued nine vetoes in total.

On Friday, the Senate voted 81-13 to override Trump's veto.

Previously, many House Republicans joined Democrats in a 322 to 87 vote to override Trump's veto, prompting the president to lash out. Overall, 109 House Republicans broke from Trump to support the veto override.

"Weak and tired Republican 'leadership' will allow the bad Defense Bill to pass," Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

"Say goodbye to VITAL Section 230 termination, your National Monuments, Forts (names!) and Treasures (inserted by Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren), 5G, and our great soldiers being removed and brought home from foreign lands who do NOTHING for us," Trump added.

The president described the move to override his veto as a "disgraceful act of cowardice."

Trump broke from decades of GOP orthodoxy in objecting to the 2021 NDAA, the annual defense bill that has passed and been signed into law without major incident for six decades — until now. For years, Republicans have made undying support for the military a central tenet of their political philosophy.

The $741 billion legislation provides appropriations for the Defense Department and defense-related activities at other federal agencies.

But Trump took issue with the bill over its inclusion of a provision allowing for the renaming of military bases commemorating Confederate leaders. He also pushed for lawmakers to include a provision that would address his unrelated complaints regarding social media companies.

Trump has been pushing for the repeal of Section 230, a part of the Communications Decency Act that protects social-media companies from liability over third-party content posted on their platforms. The president has repeatedly claimed that social media companies are biased against conservatives.

Though the GOP has exhibited uncanny loyalty to Trump throughout his short but tumultuous tenure, top Republicans were not willing to allow Trump to derail the bill over these matters. GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in early December said Section 230 has "nothing to do with the military." And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell consistently underscored the importance of the bill.

"This will unlock more than $740 billion for the training, tools, and cutting-edge equipment that our service members and civilian employees need to defend American lives and American interests," McConnell said during a Senate speech on December 10. "It will give our troops the 3% pay raise they deserve. It'll keep our forces ready to deter China and stand strong in the Indo-Pacific."

Trumpism
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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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