Republicans step up efforts to overturn Biden election victory

Republicans have stepped up their efforts to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, refusing to recognize Donald Trump’s defeat as the president-elect moved more aggressively to transition to the White House. The most important decision came from Attorney General William Barr, who on Monday authorized Justice Department officials to open investigations into potential irregularities in the presidential election, although he admitted he did not there was no conclusive evidence. Barr received coverage from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who delivered a speech earlier Monday saying the president was “100% within his rights” to challenge the election results. The attorney general’s announcement came after his meeting with the top Senate Republican on Capitol Hill. The heightened legal efforts to challenge the vote count in several battlefield states come despite the failure of Trump and his allies to produce evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred and affected the results. The Justice Department said neither Trump nor anyone in the White House asked Barr to take action, but some Republican lawmakers recently signed a letter asking him to intervene. Taken together, Democrats say these measures represent what could be an effort by the federal government to change the results of a U.S. election – something that would be unprecedented in the country’s modern history. Trump’s refusal to concede has also bogged down the legal transition process, leaving Biden to stage public events that underscore his presidential posture. Trump signaled he was emboldened by his chances of a second term. “WE WILL WIN!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. Trump and his supporters have until Dec. 8 to resolve any legal challenges. This is the so-called “safe harbor” for state voters to be automatically accepted by Congress. Before Barr’s intervention, the legal push from Trump’s team was spewing out. Several lawsuits have been launched in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia – all states where Biden has a lead. The public leader of the effort was Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who spoke out against media organizations for casting Biden as the winner this weekend. Meanwhile, Biden is moving forward with the formation of his government on hold. He is expected to appoint a chief of staff as early as this week and plans to make additional political announcements. After appointing the coronavirus task force of his transition on Monday, Biden plans to speak on the affordable care law on Tuesday, the same day the Supreme Court hears a case that could void the healthcare law. health of the Obama administration. Biden has vowed to expand it in the face of the worst pandemic in a century. On Monday evening, Biden’s transition team insisted that the Trump administration declare the Democrat the winner, an act that would free up millions of dollars in funding and unlock access to federal resources such as secure rooms for meetings of the State Department briefing and facilitating appeals with foreign officials. Transition officials have threatened legal action because the law says resources must be released when there is “an apparent winner.” At one of a series of press conferences organized by Trump allies since the start of the race on Saturday, the Republican Party said on Monday it was suing for “irregularities” in the vote, but as d others, has provided no substantial evidence to support its claims. . “If you see these irregularities, if you are told to cancel the ballots, that’s a problem. We are going to continue all of this, ”Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said without providing any evidence for her claims. “Will that be enough?” We do not know. Is it going to take time? Yes, it will take time. But what we are seeing is deeply alarming. McConnell also refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory. “All legal ballots should be counted, all illegal ballots should not be counted,” McConnell told the Senate. “The process must be transparent.” Biden got 290 votes in the electoral college, according to the Associated Press and networks, more than the 270 required for the election. Trump has 213. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows covering business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories that change your business and your world. To watch full coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: Latest news on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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No evidence to support allegations of electoral fraud