Related video: Georgia election official debunks one Trump conspiracy theory after another
Donald Trump is on a late-night Twitter storm, retweeting claims of voter fraud as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the US Senate.
The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when neither of the candidates hit the 50 per cent threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority – and have already gained victory in one, with Raphael Warnock defeating Kelly Loeffler.
“Looks like they are setting up a big ‘voter dump’ against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?” Trump tweeted on Tuesday night, a claim for which he provided no evidence.
Earlier, Mr Trump tightened his grip on the loyalty of Mike Pence as he continued to push the vice president to challenge the rectification of the certification of the Electoral College results.
Mr Trump denied reports that Mr Pence had told him it was not within his constitutional power to block the process of electing Joe Biden to the presidency, insisting it actually was.
Mitt Romney hounded by Trump supporters on plane to DC
Mitt Romney on Tuesday was hounded on his way from Salt Lake City to Washington DC by supporters of Donald Trump who accused the Utah Senator of not supporting the outgoing president over his unfounded claims of voter fraud.
In a video posted on social media, the Republican senator could be seen being confronted by a Utah constituent as she lashed out at him, writes Namita Singh.
Jon Sharman6 January 2021 07:33
AP calls one Georgia Senate runoff: Warnock defeats Loeffler
The Associated Press has called Raphael Warnock’s Senate runoff in favour of the Democrat, who was facing GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler.
Here’s our full story on the victory for Democrats:
Jon Sharman6 January 2021 07:12
Democrat Warnock claims victory in Georgia runoff
Adam Withnall6 January 2021 06:06
Pennsylvania Republicans refuse to seat Democratic state lawmaker
Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine election integrity and overturn the will of American voters resonated in Pennsylvania’s state legislature on Tuesday, as Republicans refused to seat a Democratic lawmaker elected to office in November.
GOP lawmakers also voted to remove the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor John Fetterman, who serves as the state Senate’s president, from presiding over the session and to replace him with a Republican.
Democratic state Senator Jim Brewster has effectively been barred from taking the oath of office, as Republicans argued that pending litigation over the outcome of his race must first play out in the courts.
The Independent’s Alex Woodward has the story.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 05:10
Threat to crash plane into US Capitol on day Biden election win certified is made on air traffic control frequencies
The FBI launched an investigation after air traffic controllers heard a threat to crash an airplane into the US Capitol on the day Joe Biden’s election win is certified.
The shocking message said that the terror act would be done to “avenge” the death of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.
“We are flying a plane into the Capitol on Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged,” the message heard by controllers in New York said according to CBS News.
The threat was made on the one year anniversary of the 2020 drone strike killing ordered by Donald Trump.
It is unknown who made the threat and federal officials reportedly do not believe that it is credible.
The Independent’s Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 04:40
Eric Trump to ‘primary’ Republicans that don’t object to election results
The Trump doesn’t fall far from the Trump.
Eric Trump threatened to campaign against any Republicans who don’t support his father’s challenge to the Electoral College votes.
“I will personally work to defeat every single Republican Senator / Congressman who doesn’t stand up against this fraud – they will be primaried in their next election and they will lose,” he said on Twitter.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 04:20
Trump supporters clash with police in DC ahead of vote on Electoral College results
As the Democrats look to be on course to flip the Senate with the Georgia runoff, Trump supporters and police have begun to clash in Washington DC.
Videos posting to Twitter show police pushing back the crowd from BLM plaza as people can be heard saying: “This is f*cking American plaza” and “F*** BLM!”
“You lost both sides of support. We had your f***ing back, but we ain’t got your back no more!” one man says to police.
Another says: “Heads are going to roll”.
Police can be seen spraying protestors in the face, most likely with some kind of mace or pepper spray, with reports from the ground via journalist Lindsay Watts that six arrests in DC surrounding protests ncluding firearm offences, assaults on an officer and traffic-related offences.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 03:59
Trump continues ‘voter dump’ narrative as GOP falls behind in Georgia runoff
“Waiting to see how many votes they need?” Trump asked in a tweet.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 03:41
BREAKING: Trump turns screws on Pence after ‘tense lunch’ and falsely insists he can block Biden win
Donald Trump has heaped extra pressure on Mike Pence, insisting he does have the constitutional power to bock Joe Biden’s victory after the vice president told him he did not.
On Wednesday, Mr Pence is scheduled in his constitutional role, to oversee a joint session of Congress, in which the House and Senate will vote to formally confirm Mr Biden’s victory, a move that represents the final step in the process before his inauguration.
Around 150 Republicans, among them senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, have said they will vote against certification.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported Mr Pence told Mr Trump that while he supported him, it was not within his constitutional powers to block the certification process and derail Mr Biden’s move into the Oval Office.
CNN said the meeting had been “tense”, and that Mr Trump told Mr Pence that not stopping Mr Biden would be politically “damaging”.
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe is following the story as it unfolds.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 03:38
Nancy Pelosi urges Democrats to give ‘civics lesson’ in protecting democracy
Nancy Pelosi told Democrats they will give a “civics lesson” in protecting US democracy when Congress meets to certify Joe Biden’s election win.
The House Speaker told her colleagues in a letter that Mr Biden had beaten Donald Trump “decisively” with his “resounding victory” in November.
“Tomorrow is a day of enormous historic significance, as the United States Congress meets for a Joint session to count the results of the 2020 election – which president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris won, decisively,” she wrote in the letter on Tuesday.
“When the Congress meets tomorrow, this resounding victory will be recognised, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially declared the next president and vice president of the United States.”
Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin Vallejo6 January 2021 02:45