Trump’s Election Fraud Claims Make No Headway on Legal Cases

first_imgNo state was seeing more legal activity than Pennsylvania, where the Trump campaign and local Republicans had brought at least a half-dozen lawsuits immediately before and after Election Day.The case that had the potential to affect the most votes was the one filed at the Supreme Court on Friday seeking an order that would force election officials in Pennsylvania to separate mailed ballots that arrived after Election Day from other mailed ballots. In its emergency application, the party acknowledged that the secretary of state’s office had already ordered election officials to do so but said it had no way to know if they had complied. But even if the court were to take the case and rule in favor of the Republicans to wipe out all of the ballots in question — votes from mail ballots have overwhelmingly gone to Mr. Biden — it would not affect the current vote totals, which do not include the ballots that came in after Election Day. By early Friday evening, Mr. Biden had a lead of about 17,000 votes in Pennsylvania.Other suits in Pennsylvania sought to knock out votes that were the result of a decision by Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to allow county officials to give voters a chance to fix mistakes in their rejected mail-in ballots or to cast provisional votes instead.A federal judge dismissed one of those cases on Friday, in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia, two days after implying during a hearing that he viewed the effort as a move to disenfranchise voters who were following state instructions.But even if that case had succeeded, it would have affected only 93 votes. Similarly, in Michigan, a judge dismissed a Republican suit challenging the vote count in the state, noting the counting was already effectively over and dismissing some of the evidence as based on hearsay.Frustrated supporters of the president like the talk radio host Mark Levin called on Republican legislatures in states including Pennsylvania to use their constitutional authority to send a pro-Trump delegation of electors to the Electoral College regardless of the popular vote. Their lack of progress in stopping the count or making a persuasive case for large-scale ballot fraud left Mr. Trump and his team increasingly reliant for political salvation on recounts — which appeared likely to take place in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin but which rarely result in big swings in vote counts.The Trump effort may be getting a boost from state legislatures in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which are both controlled by Republicans. In Wisconsin, Robin Vos, the speaker of the State Assembly, directed a legislative committee to “use its investigatory powers” to conduct a review of the election, again raising the specter of voter fraud without offering specific evidence.In Pennsylvania, the two top Republicans in the legislature called on Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to conduct “an immediate audit” of the election. Asked during a news briefing on Friday if state Republicans would do so, the majority leader of the Pennsylvania senate, Jake Corman, replied, “We want to stay in the tradition that the popular vote winner wins the election.”Even if the state Republicans could make such a move legally — the legislature “cannot simply ignore the popular vote,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania — it was an extreme example of the lengths to which some Trump supporters seem willing to go.In several states Mr. Trump was challenging state voting rules, effectively seeking to nullify votes cast in accordance with official guidelines.Republicans in Nevada asked the Justice Department late Thursday to open an investigation into voter fraud involving 3,000 ballots, a move Democrats said was based on “entirely fabricated” claims.The Justice Department declined to address the matter publicly, but its guidelines generally preclude opening criminal investigations into election-related matters until results are completed.Local Republicans included the allegation in a suit they filed in federal court seeking a change in the way Clark County, Nev., is conducting its count. A judge dismissed the case on Friday evening, when the vote count showed a 22,000-ballot lead for Mr. Biden.Michael S. Schmidt, Katie Benner and Adam Liptak contributed reporting. On Friday evening, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. agreed to the request. But the move was almost entirely for show: Pennsylvania is already segregating those ballots, counting them separately and not including them in the announced vote totals. The secretary of state, over the objections of Republicans and Mr. Trump, has said they can be counted if they arrived by 5 p.m. on Friday, in line with a state court ruling that the Supreme Court has left open the possibility of reviewing again. A state official said the ballots in question number in the thousands but not tens of thousands. – Advertisement – At the same time, allies of the president openly suggested an extreme move: to use baseless allegations of Democratic malfeasance to pressure Republican-controlled state legislatures in key states to send pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College regardless of the results of the popular vote. Officials with the Biden campaign said they would meet every legal challenge Mr. Trump brought but said they were confident that none of the cases they had seen so far seemed likely to loosen Mr. Biden’s tightening grasp on the presidency.“The Republican legal claims are utterly baseless and have failed and will continue to fail in the courts,’’ said Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign. “They serve no purpose other than to echo Donald Trump’s discredited and shameful attack on the democratic process.”In a statement, the Republican Party’s chief counsel, Justin Riemer, said, “We are focused on protecting the integrity of the vote and ensuring all legally cast ballots are counted,” but he was not made available for further comment on the particulars of the party’s legal strategy.The intensive Trump effort was the endgame of a long-planned contingency in which the president planned to challenge any possible loss through claims that the voting system was “rigged” against him. The campaign has been abetted by a robust pro-Trump media ecosystem, with Mr. Trump’s own social media accounts at its center, amplifying his false claims.As the legal push has failed to make substantial headway this week it has taken on an urgent, at times desperate, tone. President Trump’s bellicose pledge to fight the outcome of the election in the courts crashed on Friday into skeptical judges, daunting Electoral College math and a lack of evidence for his claims of fraud.On a day that began with vote tallies in Georgia and Pennsylvania tipping in Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s favor, Mr. Trump’s campaign declared, “This election is not over,” as the Republican National Committee announced it had activated “legal challenge teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And the Trump forces named a new general to lead the effort, the hardened conservative political combatant David Bossie.- Advertisement – But none of the dozen or so lawsuits they had brought in battleground states appeared to be gaining any traction in the courts. And in any case, none seemed likely to give Mr. Trump the edge he would need in vote counts in the states that will determine the outcome.In seeking to foment widespread doubt about the legitimacy of the election, Mr. Trump and his surrogates seemed less focused on substantive legal arguments that could hold up in court than on bolstering the president’s political narrative, unsupported by the facts, that he was somehow being robbed of a second term. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 7:20 a.m. ET The former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, echoed the president’s son on Fox News, calling for the jailing of poll workers and more involvement from Attorney General William P. Barr.But in the days since the election, Mr. Barr and the Justice Department have been largely silent. After initially echoing Mr. Trump’s warnings about electoral fraud, Mr. Barr muted his statements, and Mr. Trump complained to aides about the department’s lack of action.But a supportive outside group, True the Vote — one of the most prominent promoters of the false narrative that “voter fraud” is rampant in the United States — sought to help Mr. Trump build his cases. On Friday, it announced it had formed a $1 million “Whistleblower Defense Fund” to “incentivize” witnesses to step forward with charges of malfeasance. Republicans have been unsuccessfully fighting the secretary of state’s decision to allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots that arrived at their offices by Friday as long as they had postmarks from Election Day or before. The Supreme Court had twice passed up opportunities to rule on the dispute, though the case is still technically pending, giving the justices the opportunity to weigh in if they saw reason to do so. On Thursday, Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter, “I truly hope the @FBI/@DOJ engages immediately.” The most high-profile step of the day came when Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and require election officials in the state to segregate ballots that arrived after Election Day and not to include them for now in the vote totals in the largest and most critical of the swing states.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sharp decline in bad debt pushes up Bank Permata’s profit

first_imgThe bank also demonstrated continued asset quality improvement amid global and domestic economic challenges throughout 2019, as seen in a decline in the nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio to 2.8 percent in December 2019 from 4.4 percent a year earlier.The publicly listed bank noted that the improvement of the ratio was a result of the restructuring of nonperforming loans, loan write-offs and loan settlements.“Our efforts to maintain healthy asset quality, cost-efficient operations, a healthy NPL ratio and innovation, particularly through digitalization, have been the keys to success in achieving the bank’s 2019 revenue targets,” the bank’s president director, Ridha D. M. Wirakusumah, said in a statement.The lender’s profitability also showed an improvement, as reflected in its net interest margin (NIM), which grew to 4.4 percent by the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 from 4.2 percent in September 2019 and from 4.1 percent in December 2018.In its technological efforts, the bank highlighted strategic collaboration with fintech firms and notable achievements in digital banking through API Banking, PermataMobile X, and its new all-digital model branch, Ridha said.Thailand-based Bangkok Bank agreed in December 2019 to assume control of Bank Permata for around US$2.67 billion by acquiring a stake of 89.12 percent from British financial giant Standard Chartered and Indonesian diversified conglomerate PT Astra International.Shares in Bank Permata, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange under the code BNLI, closed at Rp 1,215 on Wednesday, unchanged from the previous trading day. (ydp)Topics : Bank Permata has seen its profit grow more than 66 percent in 2019 thanks partly to a significant decline in its nonperforming loans.Bank Permata financial director Lea Kusumawijaya said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the lender’s net profit rose by 66.5 percent to Rp 1.5 trillion (US$109.73 million) in 2019, despite the challenging economic situation during the year.The increase in profit was supported by a sharp decline in the provision for bad debt, as well as by a 5.6 percent increase in net interest income (NII) and a 24.3 percent rise in fee-based income, Lea said.last_img read more

Chelsea target Gosens to replace Alonso

first_imgChelsea are reportedly interested in Atalanta defender Robin Gosens this month as a replacement for Marcos Alonso. Loading… According to the Express, the Blues are plotting a £20million swoop for the 25-year-old left-back.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Read Also:Cavani’s parents reveal preferred club despite Chelsea interest Alonso has been deemed as surplus to requirements and is free to leave Stamford Bridge. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Rodwell eyes return

first_imgManchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell hopes to be back from his latest injury setback by the end of the month. The highly-rated Rodwell joined the champions in a £12million deal from Everton last summer but his City career is yet to take off. His initial performances were indifferent and he then had a short spell out with a groin injury before being struck by more hamstring trouble in October. Rodwell’s early years at Goodison Park were also plagued by hamstring injuries. He has since worked hard on his fitness and made a number of lifestyle changes to try to eradicate the recurring problem. He insists he is not disheartened by this latest setback. He said: “I was more upset for our physio department who have been fantastic and have helped me feel stronger than ever before. We’ve had a discussion and we all agree that the best course of action is to continue what we were doing before because it worked so well. “This is an injury that can strike at any time to anyone and I’m sure it is something that I’ll be rid of before too long, but it’s an ongoing process and something that can’t be rushed.” Manager Roberto Mancini is likely to update on the fitness of two key players before the end of the week. Captain Vincent Kompany has missed the last seven games with calf problems while striker Sergio Aguero’s knee injury has sidelined him for two matches. Mancini said last week he hoped both would be back in contention for this Saturday’s trip to Everton. Rodwell pulled up with the latest in a long line of hamstring problems in the first half of last week’s Barclays Premier League win at Aston Villa. The 22-year-old had been making just his second start since returning from a three-month lay-off in January. Rodwell told the club’s website, “Obviously you don’t want to tempt fate but I’m not looking at this as a lengthy absence and I hope to be back in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I can play my part in the run-in and help us win some silverware and end what has been a frustrating season on a high.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hughes targets further signings

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of adding more new players to his squad before the end of the current transfer window. Hughes recently admitted his interest in Norwich’s England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, and speaking on Friday at his pre-match press conference to preview the Villa clash, he said: “We are still hopeful on a number of fronts. “We just have to bide our time. I think a lot of things are dictated by people other than ourselves, so you just have to wait for the process to run its course and we’ll see where we are at the end of it.” A new arrival getting Stoke fans particularly excited is Bojan, the Spanish forward who has joined on a four-year deal from Barcelona. The 23-year-old also has a stint with Roma and loan spells at both AC Milan and Ajax on his CV. And he has made a positive impression already for his new club, scoring three goals in pre-season friendlies. “The fans have had a little bit of a taster – they have seen him in pre-season and he has done very well,” Hughes said of Bojan. “He is a talented boy. I think everyone can see the level of ability he has. “He has scored some great goals, so that’s whetted everybody’s appetite. “I do think we have to understand he is coming into a new league. “We saw a similar situation with Marko Arnautovic last year and it took him until New Year to really get to grips with what was required – then, once he did, he had an impact. “We might have to be patient and bide our time with Bojan, although given the level of his ability, you sense that very quickly he’ll come to terms with what is required and he will be a real impact player for us. “He is used to winning and playing in big games. “I’ve seen enough in pre-season to see we have an exceptionally talented young player. He is only 23 and to bring him to the club is a real coup for us.” Summer signings Joe Cole, Philippe Senderos, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho could all make their competitive debuts for Villa. Boss Paul Lambert will check the condition of both Cole (thigh) and World Cup semi-finalist Ron Vlaar ahead of the match but is optimistic the pair will be able to feature, while long-term absentee Jores Okore is in contention for his first competitive appearance since September having recovered from a serious knee problem. There could also be comebacks for Charles N’Zogbia, out for all of last season with an Achilles injury, as well as Alan Hutton and Darren Bent, who have previously been exiled from the Villa first team and out on loan. Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain sidelined. It has been a summer of uncertainty in many ways for Villa, particularly with the club still owned at this point by Randy Lerner despite his announcement in May that he was intending to sell. Nonetheless, Lambert is adamant the midlands outfit are “really healthy”. “This is a fantastic club, and the state of the club is what it is,” the manager said when asked about the situation with Lerner. “The club is in a really healthy place. “The main thing for me is to get the team going and improving a lot on what we did last year. “As I have said before, the last two years have not been good enough. We have to aim a lot higher than that. As a group, everybody, we have to do better.” Hughes has declared himself “very pleased” with the business he has done so far, which has seen him recruit Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira – all of whom could all make their competitive Potters debuts in the club’s Barclays Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday. But the Welsh manager, already with a fully fit group to select from for the match at the Britannia Stadium, is keen to keep bringing bodies in. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ogier has the edge

first_img The Volkswagen Motorsport driver, who leads the World Rally Championship by 44 points, recorded victories on four of the eight stages completed on Friday after getting off to a winning start on the opening stage at Hydes Creek. The 30-year-old Frenchman continued to impress as he managed to come home with the fastest times in stage four and final two runs to post an overall time of 58 minutes 5.8 seconds to lead team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by just 0.4secs after the first day. Latvala of Finland won the fifth and sixth stages and took a marginal 3.1secs lead in the table over Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen in his Volkswagen, who finished second fastest in the first and final stages. Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke came home first in the second and third stages for Citroen and took an early lead before Ogier came back. Meeke, who led a Citroen one-two at the end of the shakedown on Thursday, sits fourth in the standings with a 4.1secs gap between himself and the leader with Finn Mikko Hirvonen 3.8secs further back in fifth. Ogier was pleased with how the day went and told “Before the start I knew that I just had to focus on my drive and not care about the times of the others. I expected to lose time, so I’m really happy with the result of the day. It’s incredibly good. “I managed to make some good difference on the first stage. The benefit that half the stage was already clean from the shakedown helped me. I pushed and managed to make a good gap that saved my day at the end.” The leader admitted he struggled through some of Friday afternoon’s stages as he had a problem with his radiator leaking and topped it up with his drinking bottle. He added: “I had some alarm this afternoon. For an unknown reason I had a leak and was losing water – luckily not too much. I managed to finish every stage and refill it enough to come back here. Let’s say I’m really happy to be here tonight.” Defending champion Sebastien Ogier claimed a narrow lead after dominating the first day of the Rally Australia.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Munster secure home advantage in European knock out stage

first_imgLeinster and Munster will both be at home against European heavyweights after the Champions Cup quarter-final pairings were confirmed.Munster will play host to three-time champions Toulon after they secured the bonus point they needed in yesterday’s win over Wasps.Defending champions Saracens snuck into the knockout stage as eighth seeds, and they’ll take on Leinster in a mouthwatering quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. The other quarter-finals sees Scarlets face La Rochelle and Clermont take on Racing, with the two Irish provinces not able to meet until the final.Ulster’s European campaign came to an end after a poor 26-7 loss away to Wasps, in a game where a win would have seen them reach the knockout stage.last_img

FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup final date in Qatar

first_imgThe much-maligned winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be staged between November 21 to December 18, according to media reports.FIFA president Sepp Blatter was set to hold a press conference at the Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, but the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.The world governing body had already signed off a date change to winter avoid the heat in Qatar in June and July, while the tournament length was also reduced to 28 days instead of the usual 32.A FIFA task force, led by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, had recommended the tournament should be held in November and December as a clash with the Winter Olympics in the following January, would also be undesirable.Around 170 media had been accredited for the news conference in Zurich and were only told of the press conference cancellation five minutes before it was due to start.It followed a FIFA executive committee on Friday morning where a number of decisions were taken. These included moving the venue of the next meeting from Japan to Zurich – almost certainly because Japan has an extradition treaty with the United States and Blatter and several other officials are fearful of possible arrest. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Play-off and play-out volleyball matches during the weekend

first_imgVolleyball players from the team of OK ”Student” will play against the team from Lukavac in the first round of the League, in the play-out. The match will be played on the 2nd of March in Pekija at 15:30 p.m. The team from Pale is a favorite in this match. The second match of the play-out session will be played between the teams of Modrića and Čapljina.After playing all matches and winning the seventh place in the ranks of the Premier League, the volleyball players of ”Student” will take their maximum of nine points to the play-out competition.The pairs that will play in the quarter finals of the play-off are the team of Domaljevac against Mladost and the team Napredak against the team Gacko.Based on their placement the volleyball players from Kakanj and Jedinstvo are going directly to the semi-finals.last_img read more

Steelers get dose of their own medicine, now must face fired up Bengals

first_imgBEAR HUG—Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker (39) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53), defensive end Alex Brown (96) and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer in the first quarter in Chicago. Pittsburgh had two opportunities to win the game but normally reliable kicker Jeff Reed missed two relatively easy kicks, which set up the Bears final drive in which they took all the time off the clock and finally kicked a field goal with just 11 seconds left. This will be a tactic for most teams in the future, to run time off the clock when they have the lead to stop the Steelers from having any chance of coming back late in the fourth quarter to win the game.One good thing did come from the defeat, and that was the running game. Willie Parker had 47 yards on 14 carries and looked impressive on most of his runs. Rashard Mendenhall had 39 yards on just 3 carries. For some reason he didn’t play that much. The Steelers outrushed the Bears 103 to 43, which was a far cry from the 36 yards they got against the Tennessee Titans.The aerial attack as usual was impressive with Roethlisberger battling the Bears’ new gunslinger Jay Cutler. Ben was 23 of 35 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler was 27 of 38 for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns. Again Ben distributed the ball pretty evenly with Hines Ward catching 6 for 57 yards, Santonio Holmes 5 for 83 yards and Heath Miller 3 for 24 yards. However, he needs to find his running backs out of the backfield more and his third receiver. Someone has to step up and take Nate Washington’s place as the third receiver.The Bengals upset the highly rated Packers with Carson Palmer outdueling Aaron Rodgers for a 31-24 hard fought victory. There goes that easy win we thought we had coming with the Bengals. Palmer was 15 of 23 for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. But he was not a one man gang, Cedric Benson ran all over the highly rated Packers defense for 141 yards on 29 carries. The Bengals defense got into the act harassing Rodgers all around the field with Antwan Odom sacking him five times. Rookie Ray Maugluga was also impressive with one sack and two forced fumbles. If Cincinnati had not kept shooting themselves in the foot with 13 penalties for more than 100 yards it may have been a lopsided game.They appear to finally have put it all together, passing, running and defense. But this remains to be seen against the Steelers.The other two teams in the Steelers division did as was expected. The Baltimore Ravens, behind a last minute game saving tackle by none other than Ray Lewis, beat the explosive San Diego Chargers 31-26 to stay undefeated at 2-0. Phillip Rivers had the best game of his career going 25 of 45 for 436 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, Joe Flacco continued to be impressive, going 17 of 26 for 190 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, once again proving that the only stat that matters is the win.The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win as they lost to the Denver Broncos 27-6 for a 0-2 start.One thing to watch out for in Tennessee, the Titans are 0-2 after losing to the Houston 34-31. If they lose their next game do they go back to Vince Young, who’s wasting his talent setting on the bench? The Steelers got a dose of what they had been dishing out last week when the Chicago Bears handed them a 17-14 defeat in the final seconds of the game. Now they must bounce back against their always tough rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are coming off an upset win over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers jumped off as though they were going to rout the Windy City team, after one impressive drive ended with a score and Pittsburgh going up 7-0. Once they got the ball back they marched down the field again, but a Ben Roethlisberger interception ended the drive and ended their momentum. It was all downhill from there with both teams looking fairly good between the 20s but neither taking it in for the score.last_img read more