Time could be running out for the Trump campaign as at least 5 states are set to certify election results within the next two weeks, attorney Powell promises to release “epic” evidence of election fraud, and more top stories.
Key states set to certify election results
On Monday, Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to reach deadlines to certify election results, with Nevada following on Tuesday. Arizona and Wisconsin will reach their certification deadlines next week. The timeframe for the Trump campaign to expend his legal options is running out, according to NPR.
After the Trump campaign lost a decision in Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said in a statement, “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania. To ensure that he is remembered for these outstanding accomplishments, and to help unify our country, President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.”
Former New Jersey governor, Republican Chris Christie, urged the Trump campaign: “If you have got the evidence of fraud, present it. Quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”
December 8 is the date for states to finalize their electors, who will cast votes in state capitals on December 14. Those votes will be received by Vice President Pence on Dec. 23, and then Congress tallies them Jan. 6 before Biden is inaugurated Jan. 20.
However, the Trump campaign still has room to file challenges and appeals which could drag the process out further.
“It will be epic”: Former attorney on Trump legal team promises to fight on for the president
Attorney Sidney Powell, while acknowledging she is no longer on the legal team of the Trump campaign, is still fighting for the president, the Daily Wire reported.
After acknowledging she is no longer on the team, she stated her intent to keep fighting for the president.
“My intent has always been to expose all the fraud I could find and let the chips fall where they may–whether it be upon Republicans or Democrats,” Powell said.
“The evidence I’m compiling is overwhelming that this software tool was used to shift millions of votes from President Trump and other Republican candidates to Biden and other Democrat candidates. We are proceeding to prepare our lawsuit and plan to file it this week. It will be epic.”
On Sunday night, she released a second statement to CBS: “I understand today’s press release. I will continue to represent #WeThePeople who had their votes for Trump and other Republicans stolen by massive fraud through Dominion and Smartmatic, and we will be filing suit soon. The chips will fall where they may, and we will defend the foundations of this great Republic. #KrakenOnSteroids”
“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Trump’s legal team said in a statement. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”
US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty with Russia
On Sunday, the United States withdrew from another arms-control pact with Russia, the “Open Skies Treaty” which allowed both countries to set up and conduct unarmed, reconnaissance flights over one another’s territory to collect data on military forces.
One impetus for the US pulling out of the agreement was limitations imposed by Russia on America when it sought to conduct surveillance. The US has accused Russia of violating the treaty for years by barring flights over certain Russian territory, including Kaliningrad where nuclear weapons are suspected of being present and in range of major European capitals, Fox reported.
The US now has only one existing treaty with Russia.