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Far-right group Proud Boys claim they will attend January 6 DC rally 'incognito' and wear all black to blend in with antifa protesters
  • President Donald Trump has advertised a 'stop the steal' rally on January 6 to his followers.
  • The Proud Boys, a far-right group, have said they will be attending the rally "incognito."
  • They will forgo their traditional uniform of black and yellow and, instead, wear all-black.
  • Trump has been accused of "encouraging" groups to protest on January 6 violently.
Their plans to gather in support of Trump on January 6 have worried some politicians.

The DC's Attorney General Karl Racine told CBS News: "My level of anxiety is high. My preparation is even more intense than that."

Racine said that he fears that the Proud Boys will "pick fights, create damage, damage property, and then act in a very threatening way."

Trump has been accused of inciting right-wing groups to participate in violent protests on January 6.

A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Olivia Troye, has said that she fears that there could be violence at this rally because "the president himself is encouraging it."

Last month, President Donald Trump promised his supporters that there would be a "wild" rally in Washington, DC.

On Friday, the president reminded his followers that there would be a "BIG Protest Rally" taking place in the capital from 11 a.m.

George Conway calls WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows 'a moron' after he touted GOP lawmakers opposing Biden's electoral victory
  • White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Saturday praised the GOP lawmakers pushing for the 2020 presidential election results to be overturned.
  • In response, George Conway, the husband of former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, called Meadows "a moron and a disgrace."
  • Lawmakers on January 6 are slated to certify the results of the 2020 election in Biden's favor ahead of his inauguration.
  • But Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz, are spearheading an effort to reject President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Biden is expected to win a majority of the votes needed for certification because of the Democratic majority in the House and Republican lawmakers who've come out against this effort to object.

'I just want to find 11,780 votes': In a newly-released phone recording, Trump pleads with Georgia secretary of state for additional votes to win the state
  • President Donald Trump pleaded with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" additional votes to secure a win in the state's presidential contest during recently released an hour-long phone recording obtained by The Washington Post.
  • "The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," the president said. "And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated."
  • During the call, Trump, who for months has alleged that mysterious ballots were added to official tallies and targeted Dominion Voting machines that were used in Georgia, refused to let go of the belief that could somehow change the results.
Audio: Trump berates Ga. secretary of state, urges him to ‘find’ votes - YouTube

In a one-hour phone call on Saturday with Georgia election officials, President Trump insisted he won the state and threatened vague legal consequences if the officials did not act. These are excerpts from the call. Read more:
In the recording, Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, was subject to a highly intense pressure campaign by Trump, with the president telling the secretary of state that he was taking "a big risk" by not adhering to his demands to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's nearly 13,000-vote statewide win.

During the call, Raffensperger and a general counsel from his office refuted Trump's questioning of the vote tally, informing the president that the election was secure and that his allegations of widespread voter fraud throughout the state were false.

... Raffensperger replied: "Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong."

... "There's no way I lost Georgia," Trump repeatedly said throughout the call. "There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes."

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell were also on the line, according to The Post.

... Trump raised his alarms about the Georgia vote tally on Sunday.

"I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia," he tweeted. "He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the 'ballots under table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state 'voters', dead voters, and more. He has no clue!"

Raffensperger responded on Twitter, affirming that the allegations were false.

"Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true," he wrote. "The truth will come out."

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Amy Klobuchar to GOP lawmakers vowing to vote against Biden's victory: 'Get a grip'
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar urged her Republican colleagues attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election to accept the results.
  • "With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: can you please get a grip?" Klobuchar said in a tweet.
  • "Election officials across the country, including Republican Governors, have certified these results. This is embarrassing," she continued.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Saturday urged her Republican colleagues to comes to terms with the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Maryland's GOP governor criticized Republicans attempting to subvert the election results as a 'mockery of our system and who we are as Americans'
  • In a statement released Sunday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, criticized members of Congress planning to reject the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.
  • Despite Biden's winning the race in November, and the Electoral College affirming such in December, some Republicans in the new year have continued to refuse to accept the results of the election, harping on baseless claims of voter fraud.
  • About a dozen Republican senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said Saturday they planned to reject the certification if lawmakers don't agree to a 10-day audit of the baseless allegations.
  • Around 140 House Republicans also reportedly plan to reject the counting of the Electoral College votes.
"The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans," Hogan said in the Sunday afternoon statement.

... "President Trump and his team have had every opportunity to provide evidence supporting their claims, and they have failed to do so," Hogan, whose state voted for Biden, said. "Their allegations have been flatly rejected by Trump-appointed judges and a Trump-appointed Justice Department alike.

... "Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has," he said Sunday. "What's not working is that far too many politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten the basic principle that they are beholden to the people, not the other way around."

In a scathing statement, former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republican attempts to reject Electoral College vote were 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative'
  • Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican who represented Wisconsin in Congress from 1999 to 2019, spoke out against members of his own party attempting to reject to the certification of the Electoral College vote.
  • About a dozen GOP senators have said publicly they plan to reject the certification of December's Electrical College vote, and some House Republicans are expected to do the same.
  • Some other Republicans, like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Sens. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, have also spoken out against the lawmaker's plan.
"All our basic rights and freedoms flow from a fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law," Ryan, who represented Wisconsin in the House from 1999 until 2019, said in a statement. "This principle is not only fundamentally American but a central tenet of conservatism. Under our system, voters determine the president, and this self-governance cannot sustain itself if the whims of Congress replace the will of the people. I urge members to consider the precedent that it would set."

... "Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden's victory strike at the foundation of our republic," Ryan continued. "It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans."

... "The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed," Ryan said Sunday.

The former House speaker also noted that the Department of Justice had also said it had not "seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election," as the president has alleged.

... "If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden's victory is entirely legitimate," Ryan concluded.

While the lawmakers' objections will force a vote by the House and Senate, it is extremely unlikely to have any impact on the outcome of the election. Biden won 306 Electoral College votes compared to Trump's 232. A candidate must receive at least 270 votes to win the presidency.

'Go to hell': Meghan McCain slams Arizona GOP for attacking her late father
  • Meghan McCain, a co-host of ABC's "The View," berated the Arizona GOP on Saturday for a tweet critical of her late father, longtime US Sen. John McCain.
  • After the Arizona GOP tweeted that they were "never going back to the party of [Sen.] McCain," Meghan McCain said that the person "running this twitter account can go to hell."
  • She also mocked the Arizona GOP's performance this past November, with President-elect Joe Biden flipping the state to the Democratic column and Democrat Mark Kelly defeating appointed GOP Sen. Martha McSally.
McCain, a vocal Republican, was angered by a tweet that slammed the legacy of her late father, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and represented the state in the US Senate from 1987 until his death in August 2018.

"As the sun sets on 2020, remember that we're never going back to the party of [Mitt] Romney, [Jeff] Flake, and [John] McCain," the Arizona GOP's official Twitter account stated. "The Republican Party is now, and forever will be, one for the working man and woman! God bless."

McCain responded: "Honestly whomever is running this twitter account can go to hell."

She also mocked the GOP's statewide performance this past November, adding: "How'd that work out on Election Day in Arizona?"

In the most recent election, President-elect Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1996. Democrat Mark Kelly was also elected to the Senate, beating appointed GOP Sen. Martha McSally to fill the remainder of Sen. McCain's term in the Senate.

Cindy McCain, Sen. McCain's widow, endorsed Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Over the past few years, Meghan McCain has often lamented the direction of the GOP under Trump, as her father was a constant target of attacks from the president.

Less than a month ago, McCain criticized Trump on Twitter for calling her late father "one of the most overrated people in D.C."

"Two years after he died, you still obsess over my dad," she wrote. "It kills you that no one will ever love you or remember you like they loved and remember him. He served his country with honor, you have disgraced the office of the presidency. You couldn't even pull it out in Arizona."

Sen. McCain, who withdrew his support of Trump in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, was also the pivotal vote that kept the Affordable Care Act largely in place, which has angered the president for years.

Since the death of Sen. McCain and the retirement of former Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona GOP has shifted further right.

DC watchdog group calls for Trump to be impeached, again, over efforts to tamper with Georgia election
  • President Trump should be impeached over his efforts to "rig a presidential election," the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said on Sunday.
  • The demand follows the release of an audio tape featuring Trump asking a Georgia election official to "find" more votes for him so he could claim victory in a state that he lost.
  • "[I]f this isn't impeachable conduct, then literally nothing is," said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.
President Donald Trump should be impeached for a second time after being "caught on tape trying to rig a presidential election," the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Sunday.

The demand comes after the release of a recording that features Trump pleading with Georgia elections official Brad Raffensperger to "find" more votes for him so that he could claim victory in a state that he lost by nearly 13,000 votes.

"There's nothing wrong with saying... that you've recalculated," Trump said on the Saturday call.

CREW, a self-styled crusader against "government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests," said that is cause enough to remove Trump from office before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

"While the logistics of holding impeachment proceedings in the final two weeks of a presidency are admittedly hard to pull off, if this isn't impeachable conduct, then literally nothing is," CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. "Congress must act immediately."

All 10 living former defense secretaries issue a warning to Trump over threats to use the military to dispute the election
  • All ten living former defense secretaries — both Republicans and Democrats — wrote a Washington Post editorial urging President Donald Trump to refrain from using the military to interfere in the election.
  • The signatories stressed that involving the military in election disputes could result in criminal charges.
  • Trump has repeatedly suggested that there may not be a "peaceful transfer of power" and has reportedly entertained suggestions that the military step in to help him dispute the election.
The editorial, titled "Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory," was signed by all ten living former defense secretaries, including two who served under President Trump, Mark Esper and James Mattis.

Other signees included Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ashton Carter, who served under Barack Obama; Robert Gates, who served under Obama and George W. Bush; William Cohen and William Perry, who served under Bill Clinton; Dick Cheney, who served as DOD secretary under George H.W. Bush; and Donald Rumsfeld, who served first under Gerald Ford in 1975 and was later tapped for the role under George W. Bush.

The letter urged the president to accept the results of the election and stressed that the military should not be used to fulfill political ends.

"American elections and the peaceful transfers of power that result are hallmarks of our democracy," they wrote in The Washington Post, adding that the administration should "refrain from any political actions that undermine the results of the election or hinder the success of the new team."

"The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,"
the letter continued.

The former secretaries also cautioned that anyone found to be interfering in the election could potentially be subject to criminal charges.

"Efforts to involve the US armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful, and unconstitutional territory," they wrote. "Civilian and military officials who direct or carry out such measures would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic."

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