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Trump teases 2024 presidential run at rightwing CPAC summit
Trump at CPAC 2020
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Donald Trump spoke on Sunday at the rightwing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, saying it "is far from being over" and teases a potential run for re-election in 2024.

"I may even decide to beat them for a third time," Trump told the crowd, after falsely claiming he won the November election and that the US has a "very sick and corrupt electoral process".

Trump also heavily criticised President Joe Biden for "the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history".

"We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad – but none of us imagined just how bad they would be, and how far left they would go... Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history," Trump claimed. "Biden’s radical immigration policies aren’t just illegal – they are immoral, they are heartless, and they are a betrayal of our nation’s core values."

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Trump Jr deposed in D.C. Attorney General probe of 2017 inauguration funds
Donald Trump Jr
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On February 11, Donald Trump Jr. was deposed as part of a lawsuit alleging the misuse of inaugural funds for former President Donald Trump, two months after former White House advisor Ivanka Trump was deposed in the same case. Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine sued the Trump Inaugural Committee and the Trump Organization in January 2020 for abusing over $1 million nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family.

Court filings show that AG Racine's office, that Trump Jr.'s testimony "raised further questions about the nature of" an invoice related to the inauguration and "revealed evidence that Defendants had not yet produced to the District."

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Giuliani "not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters"
Giuliani "not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters"
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Rudy Giuliani is not representing his long-time client Former President Donald Trump in legal matters at this time, according to Trump's spokesman Jason Miller.

In a tweet, Miller added: "Simply that there are no pending cases where Mayor Giuliani is representing the President. The Mayor remains an ally and a friend."

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Leader of Oath Keepers "was awaiting direction from President Trump" to stop the Biden presidency

Jessica Watkins, the leader of American far-right anti-government militia organization Oath Keepers who planned and led the US Capitol siege, "indicated that she was awaiting direction from President Trump", the Justice Department reports.

The filing states: "As the inauguration grew nearer, Watkins indicated that she was awaiting direction from President Trump. Her concern about taking action without his backing was evident in a November 9, 2020, text in which she stated, 'I am concerned this is an elaborate trap. Unless the POTUS himself activates us, it’s not legit. The POTUS has the right to activate units too. If Trump asks me to come, I will. Otherwise, I can’t trust it.'"

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FBI is seeking information related to US capitol protests
FBI is seeking information related to US capitol protests
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has published a statement, asking for "information related to violent activity at the U.S. Capitol Building" that happened on Wednesday while the US Senate was to certify the Electoral College results.

"The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021," the statement reads. "If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol. [...] You may also call ‪1-800-CALL-FBI (1-‪800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation."

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Trump promises "orderly transition" of power, still "totally disagrees with the outcome of the election"
Trump promises "orderly transition" of power, still "totally disagrees with the outcome of the election"
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After lawmakers in the Senate and the House affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory, President Trump released a statement promising "an orderly transition on January 20th," while still disagreeing with the outcome of the election.

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," so Trump.

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Four dead after Trump supporters storm US Capitol
Trump Supporters at Union Station Columbus Circle along 1st Street at Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC on Wednesday morning, 6 January 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography
Trump Supporters at Union Station Columbus Circle along 1st Street at Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC on Wednesday morning, 6 January 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography Credit: Elvert Barnes, via Wikimedia Commons

During the violent protests of Pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol, four people died, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. One woman was shot inside the Capitol by a Capitol Police officer and three died after suffering "medical emergencies".

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Georgia Secretary of State says Trump could potentially face criminal probe over Georgia phone call
Georgia Secretary of State says Trump could potentially face criminal probe over Georgia phone call
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Brad Raffensperger, the Secretary of State in Georgia, has stated that it would be unlikely for his office to open an investigation into the weekend phone call he had with the US President Donald Trump.

According to him a criminal probe by the Atlanta-area district attorney could still be launched. In addition, he stated "the Fulton County District Attorney wants to look at it. Maybe that’s the appropriate venue for it to go".

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In a call, Trump demands Georgia officials to "find 11,780 votes" to overturn election
In a call, Trump demands Georgia officials to "find 11,780 votes" to overturn election
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According to an hourlong audio recording of a phone call, President Donald Trump demanded that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger "find 11,780 votes" to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

"I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state," the President said in the recording that was obtained by the Washington Post.

When told by Raffensperger that he believed the state had " an accurate election", Trump replied by: "No, no, no, you don’t, you don’t have, you don’t have, not even close. You guys, you’re off by hundreds of thousands of votes."

"You know what they did and you’re not reporting it. You know, that’s a criminal — that’s a criminal offense. And you know, you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer. That’s a big risk," Trump added.

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Trump pardons another 26 people, including Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner
Trump pardons another 26 people, including Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner
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In his second wave of pardons, President Donald Trump issued another 26 pardons on Wednesday evening, including for his longtime informal adviser and friend Roger Stone, his 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris win Electoral College vote
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris win Electoral College vote
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The Electoral College has elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United State on Monday, putting an end to the Trump campaigns effort to change the election results. In his speech, Biden said that "faith in our institutions held" and that "the integrity of our elections remains intact" while promising to turn the page "to unite" and "to heal."

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are named Time Person of the Year
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are named Time Person of the Year
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US President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year 2020. Other finalists were frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19, Dr Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement, and President Donald Trump, who lost the election earlier this year.

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Ivanka Trump deposed in ongoing lawsuit alleging misused inaugural funds
Ivanka Trump deposed in ongoing lawsuit alleging misused inaugural funds
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President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump was questioned under oath on Tuesday as a part of an ongoing lawsuit from the Washington, D.C., attorney general, alleging the misuse of not-for-profit funds at President Trump's inauguration. Ivanka Trump has called the case "another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness and waste of taxpayer dollars."

District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) misused over $1 million by "grossly overpaying" Trump's Washington hotel.

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Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
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Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager and a Republican, has asked President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric disputing the election results to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence."

"Mr President, it looks like you likely lost the state of Georgia. We’re investigating, there’s always a possibility, I get it. You have the rights to go to the courts. What you don’t have the ability to do – and you need to step up and say this – is stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get shot, someone is going to get killed, and it’s not right. It’s not right," so Sterling at a press conference on Tuesday.

Sterling had received threats after election results were announced and had police protection around his home last week.

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Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
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Arizona and Wisconsin certified President-elect Joe Biden's narrow victory on Monday. The two states are the latest to reject President Donald Trump's bid to stop states certifying their results, alleging widespread voter fraud without evidence.

"There’s no basis at all for any assertion that there was widespread fraud that would have affected the results," so Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general.

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Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
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The U.S. Third Circuit Court has rejected the Trump campaign’s latest efforts to challenge Pennsylvania's election results on Friday, after Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued the case in a lower court last week. Giuliani had insisted that "Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud."

"Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here," so Judge Stephanos Bibas, who Trump nominated to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.

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Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
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President Donald Trump has said he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

When asked whether he would leave the White House, Trump responded: "Certainly I will. And you know that. If they do, they made a mistake." He added that it would be "a very hard thing to concede" under the current circumstances and again claimed that the "election was a fraud" without giving concrete evidence.

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Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
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On Saturday, Pennsylvanian Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that sought to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s vote results, claiming widespread improprieties with mail-in ballots in the state.

Brann stated that his "court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusation" and that "this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state."

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said in a statement he would appeal against the ruling: "Today's decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court."

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Biden wins Georgia recount by 12,284 votes

Georgia has finished its statewide audit of the presidential race, confirming that US President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The final results show that Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger (R) said in a statement. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

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New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
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Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of the Trump campaign's legal challenges contesting the outcome of the 2020 election, the New York Times reports. Citing four people familiar with the matter, Giuliani is now responsible for overseeing the lawsuits to throw out ballots and turn around Trump's election loss. President Trump's lawsuits to delay or block the election result were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona