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January 6, the last chance of The Donald
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January 6, the last chance of The Donald

The Donald: The sixth of January will be the last attempt to invalidate the American presidential election. A Republican senator announced today that he will oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the US Congress on January 6. That day the Congress meets in joint session for the final count of the constituency. Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, will preside over the work by constitutional dictation. And Trump has long counted on the loyalists to make the last attempt on that occasion to overturn the result, contesting the count of the votes of the constituency. The outgoing president said last night on Twitter: “JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!”.

However, there will be a margin of uncertainty until the end, at least to prolong the “spectacle” of the most contested election in American history. It is also a test to which Republicans are called: from Pence himself to Senatorial leader Mitch McConnell, that day they either betray the Constitution or they betray Trump.

The senator who announced the January 6 motion is Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. “At the very least – Hawley said today – Congress must investigate allegations of electoral fraud and take measures to ensure the regularity of our elections.” Now that at least one Republican parliamentarian has come out into the open, announcing the offensive for the last day useful for this purpose, others will surely support him.

Suspense is guaranteed, but only in appearance. The objection that every parliamentarian has the right to raise against the count of the electoral college gives rise to a debate and a vote by the House and Senate. In this case, the two votes are separate and since it is necessary that both branches of Congress snitch the count of the electoral college, the democratic majority in the House is enough to make the reversal impossible.

It is even doubtful that the motion will win in the Senate: there the Republicans are in the majority but different from each other and have now recognized Biden’s victory. The January 6 appointment will be “hot” for another reason as well: it will take place only 24 hours after the vote in Georgia where two senatorial seats are up for grabs. Tuesday 5 January will be the queue or the rematch of Election Day. Only Georgia votes but it is all national politics that hangs on that result. Two senatorial seats can sway the upper house majority in Biden camp, or leave it to the Republicans.

The U.S. House challenges president Trump on Defense Act
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The U.S. House challenges president Trump on Defense Act

Trump on Defense Act: The United States Parliament, the House controlled by the Democrats, challenges again President Donald Trump and overturns his veto on the National Defense Authorization Act. The provision now passes to the Senate: if approved by two-thirds of the votes, it would be the first override of Trump’s presidency. The document is worth 740 billion dollars and is approved by a majority of the House and Senate. Trump opposed it with the veto because it does not contain the immunity for social network’s abolition and the possibility to change the names of the military base headed to Confederate characters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the veto “an act of disconcerting recklessness that damages our troops, endangers our security and undermines the will of Congress.”

The House also approved with 275 votes in favor and 134 against, thus exceeding two-thirds of the majority required for quick voting procedures, the increase from $ 600 to $ 2,000 for direct aid to the Americans. The $ 1,400 increase was requested by Donald Trump in signing the 900 billion stimulus plan for the economy. A signature was suffered by the outgoing president, who initially threatened the veto on the provision. Then, following the pressure of many party comrades, Trump took a step back and signed. Joe Biden was also in favor of the increase in aid from $ 600 to $ 2,000. “Yes,” the president-elect replied when asked if he supported heavier checks for Americans.

Senator Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the House vote a “stinging rebuke” of The Donald. Mike Rogers, replacing the Republican Mac Thornberry from Texas as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, decided in favor of the override. “This year’s bipartisan National Defense Act meets the challenges our war fighters face now, and it shapes how our military will win future conflicts,” he stated. Trump vetoed the Act on Dec. 23. The massive law sets policies affecting every aspect of military operations. The bill earlier this month crossed both chambers with broad bipartisan support, the House voted in favor of the bill 335-78-1, and the Senate vote was 84-13. The President’s desk received it on Dec. 11.

The plan includes, among other things, the confirmation of the extension of unemployment benefits and the payment of a check for $ 600 per person for those who earn less than $ 75,000 a year. In addition, the moratorium on evictions is extended and billions of dollars are allocated to help states in the distribution of the vaccine and to help small businesses, airlines, transport companies. Trump had insisted on a direct check to Americans of at least $ 2,000 and had called the plan “a shame”, albeit developed thanks to the mediation of his Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, who had allowed the agreement between Republicans and Democrats Congress.

Trump grants clemency to 26 convicted
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Trump grants clemency to 26 convicted

Trump grants clemency: Donald Trump grants pardon to former manager of his election campaign Paul Manafort, to historic friend and advisor Roger Stone, and to Charles Kushner, father of son-in-law and adviser Jered Kushner, husband of Ivanka. Manafort had been convicted in the Russiagate while Stone had lied under oath in Congress. The White House announced 26 new pardons, including those in favor of Manafort, Stone, and Sr. Kushner, immediately after Trump’s arrival in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, for the Christmas holidays. Yesterday the president announced another 20 acts of clemency.

Manafort, 70, was among the first in the magic circle of ‘The Donald’ to be sentenced as part of the investigation into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Stone was sentenced in 2019 for Russiagate. Last July, Trump had already commuted Stone’s sentence before he began serving his sentence in prison.

Kushner’s father had been sentenced to two years in prison. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to evasion, witness bribery, and illegal election donations for a total of 18 counts. Charles Kushner had been indicted by then-attorney Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey and a former Republican presidential candidate. While he backed Trump after he pulled out of the race, it appears Jared Kushner prevented Christie from getting government positions.

President Trump granted a full pardon to Margaret Hunter.  According to former Federal Election Commission Commissioner Bradley Smith, the conduct forming the basis of Ms. Hunter’s 2019 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds for personal expenses should have been treated as a civil case by the agency. Hunter was sentenced to three years’ probation. President Trump previously issued a full pardon to former Congressman Hunter for the same alleged conduct.

A statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency confirms President Donald J. Trump granted Full Pardons to 26 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional three individuals. Also, Trump granted a full pardon to James Kassouf. According to the statement, this pardon is supported by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Representative David Joyce, Representative Darrell Issa, Pastor Darrell Scott, and many friends in Northeast Ohio. 

Kassouf pled guilty in 1989 to one count of filing a false tax return. Since his conviction, he devoted extensive time and resources to supporting causes such as Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, and his local church and fire department. Kassouf’s pastor, who also writes in support of today’s action, highlights his “vision” to make his community a better place, revitalizing the city of Cleveland. He has been deeply involved in the Northeast Ohio civic.

The outgoing President of the United States granted Mary McCarty a full pardon. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Christopher Ruddy are among those supportive of Ms. McCarty, who was a long-time public servant in Palm Beach, Florida, as one of its County Commissioners. In 2009, she pled guilty to one count of honest services fraud. The Supreme Court has since interpreted that statute more narrowly, meaning that Ms. McCarty’s conduct might not be criminally prosecuted today.

Full pardon also to Christopher Wade, with the support by Isaac Perlmutter, Mark Templeton, and numerous current and former law-enforcement officials. Wade served two years’ probation after pleading guilty to various cyber-crimes. According to the White House, since his conviction, Templeton has shown remorse and sought to make his community a safer place.

Finally, Trump pardoned some drug traffickers who repented or collaborated with local authorities to dismantle the drug networks. Among them, there are Christopher II X, formerly Christopher Anthony Bryant and Cesar Lozada, who also paid a $10,000 fine. Lozada volunteers on weekends at a charity mission and serves food to the poor.

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