GOP-led Michigan committee found ‘no evidence’ of voter fraud in 2020 election, further discrediting Trump’s false claims

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani listens to Detroit poll worker Jessi Jacobs during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

  • A GOP-led Michigan Senate committee found “no evidence” of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
  • Trump had attempted to overturn Michigan’s election results.
  • The investigation comes as Trump continues to falsely claims the election was stolen from him.
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An investigation by the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee found no proof of widespread voter fraud in the state’s 2020 election, rejecting former President Donald Trump’s false claims.

“The Committee embarked upon hours of public testimony, the review of countless documents and presentations on the 2020 election, and careful review of the elections process itself,” the 35-page report released Wednesday said. “This Committee found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.”

GOP state Sen. Ed McBroom, who chairs the committee, wrote in the report that he is “confident” the election results in Michigan, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 3 percentage points, are accurate.

McBroom also appeared to take a swipe at Trump, who repeatedly spread conspiracy theories that the election was fraught with voter fraud and rigged against him. In Michigan, Trump and his allies filed at least half a dozen lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election results. They lost all of them.

“Sources must lose credibility when it is shown they promote falsehoods, even more when they never take accountability for those falsehoods,” McBroom wrote.

The Michigan Senate committee recommended that Michiganders “use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.” It also called on the state attorney general to investigate those who promoted false claims.

The investigation comes nearly eight months after the 2020 race and as Trump continues to baselessly assert that the election was stolen from him. Federal, state, and local officials have repeatedly concluded that the election was fair and accurate.

The report also comes after a Michigan judge last month tossed out a Trump-endorsed lawsuit seeking to audit and recount votes in the state’s Antrim County. Trump won the county, but has claimed without evidence that he received more votes that were switched to favor Biden.

This conspiracy theory seems to stem from a case of human error on election night. At the time, the county’s unofficial election results initially showed Biden in the lead. Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, a Republican, moved to rectify the issue and after multiple checks, the county went to Trump. The county also audited the results in December, affirming Trump’s win over Biden.

“All compelling theories that sprang forth from the rumors surrounding Antrim County are diminished so significantly as for it to be a complete waste of time to consider them further,” McBroom wrote in the report.

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Bernie Sanders is taking on Jeff Bezos again, asking him to testify before the Senate about Amazon’s reported attempts to quash a union vote in Alabama

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Senator Bernie Sanders (left) and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders told the Post that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was invited to an income inequality hearing.
  • The hearing will feature testimony from an Amazon employee involved in a historic union drive in Alabama.
  • Amazon has reportedly used anti-union tactics at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse.
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Senator Bernie Sanders is taking on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once again.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Sanders said Bezos had been invited to testify at a hearing being held on Wednesday on income inequality.

Already appearing at the hearing is an Amazon employee called Jennifer Bates, who has been part of a unionization push at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

“What you are seeing right now in Bessemer is an example of the richest person in this country spending a whole lot of money to make it harder for ordinary working people to live with dignity and safety,” Sanders told the Post.

The vote on whether to form a union at Bessemer started on February 8, and will run until March 29. Various reports have emerged of Amazon deploying anti-union tactics, including putting up anti-union signs in the bathroom stalls, targeting workers with anti-union ads on Twitch, and sending workers texts urging them to vote no.

If the union is established, it would be the first Amazon union in the US. President Joe Biden addressed the vote in a video earlier this month, in which he said there should be “no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda.”

Read more: Joe Biden’s statement on unions is a warning for Amazon and other employers to take labor laws seriously

“If they can win, I think that will send a message to workers all over this country that if you are prepared to stand up and fight, you can win a union, you can win better wages and better working conditions,” Sanders told the Post.

There is some evidence already that the Bessemer vote is having a knock-on effect. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said earlier this week that it has received enquiries from more than 1,000 Amazon workers about the possibility of unionization.

This isn’t the first time Sanders has gone up against Amazon. In 2018, he pressured the tech giant to raise its minimum wage, at one point introducing the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or “Stop BEZOS” bill. Amazon officially raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour in October 2018.

“Bezos has become a symbol of the unfettered capitalism that we are living under right now, when the very, very rich are doing phenomenally well while ordinary working people are struggling to put food on the table,” Sanders told the Post.

Amazon was not immediately available for comment when asked by Insider whether Bezos would be taking up the invitation to testify.

Do you have experience of unionization efforts at Amazon? Contact this reporter at ihamilton@insider.com or iahamilton@protonmail.com.

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After spreading disinformation about voting by mail, Trump requests mail-in ballot to vote in Palm Beach

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Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as leaves the White House on Jan. 20, 2021.

  • Donald Trump has requested a ballot by mail for the third time, after saying it leads to voter fraud.
  • This time, it was for Palm Beach County’s municipal elections.
  • Trump’s promotion of violence after the election led to him being de-platformed from Twitter.
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Former president and Palm Beach resident Donald Trump is set to vote in local elections by mail after months of falsely claiming the civic process lead to mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.

And according to the Palm Beach Post, it’s his third time requesting a mail-in ballot as a Palm Beach County voter.

Trump requested a mail-in ballot a week after the deadline in Palm Beach County, according to the report, meaning that he will have until 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday to turn in his ballot and cast his vote in the Palm Beach municipal elections.

The Post added that in the presidential primary in March 2020 as well as in the August primary, Trump voted by mail.

Palm Beach County elections chief Wendy Sartory Link said last week that her office had produced 126,136 mail ballots in the county, which covers more than a third of eligible voters in the area.

In Florida, requesting a mail-in ballot covers all elections through the calendar year, according to the Post. The report added that Trump has only cast his vote in person once in Palm Beach.

Trump spread relentless conspiracy theories about mail-in voting during the run-up to and after the 2020 election, falsely claiming that they could be manipulated.

The lies about mail-in voting eventually led to an avalanche of twitter sanctions on the former president’s former tweets, before he was fully de-platformed in the wake of his encouragement of violence during January 6 insurrection.

Trump and Republican allies also filed, and lost, dozens of lawsuits challenging election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and elsewhere based on unproven claims about mass voter fraud.

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Biden warns Georgia voters that $2,000 stimulus checks will never arrive if Republicans win Senate run-offs

President-elect Joe Biden addresses a campaign rally with Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock the day before their runoff election in the parking lot of Center Parc Stadium January 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden's trip comes a day after the release of a recording of an hourlong call where President Donald Trump seems to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes he would need to reverse the presidential election outcome in the state.
President-elect Joe Biden addresses a campaign rally with Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock the day before their runoff election in the parking lot of Center Parc Stadium January 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that Americans would receive $2,000 stimulus checks “immediately” if Georgia votes for Democrats in the Senate run-offs.
  • He warned Georgians “those checks will never get there” if Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the two Republican incumbents, win.
  • The pair are running against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
  • The Senate has so far rejected $2,000 checks — but a Democratic win in the run-offs would see the Senate split 50-50, with Vice-president elect Kamala Harris holding a tie-breaking vote.
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President-elect Joe Biden told Georgia voters on Monday that $2,000 stimulus checks would be sent out to struggling Americans right away if the state votes for Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in US senate run-offs.

More than three million people have voted early in-person or by mail in the Georgia run-offs, according to the US Elections Project. The polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

During his speech in Atlanta, Georgia, Biden promised that if Warnock and Ossoff won the run-offs, “that money will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble.”

Biden, who is due to take office on January 20, warned that if Georgians voted for Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the two Republican incumbents, “those checks will never get there.” 

Direct payments of $2,000, backed by President Donald Trump and both Perdue and Loeffler, have been blocked four times by the Republican-controlled Senate, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling them “socialism for the rich.”

If Warnock and Ossoff won in the run-offs, the Senate would be split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans – and Vice-president elect Kamala Harris would have a tie-breaking vote.

Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus bill on December 22 containing $600 stimulus checks. In a speech on December 22, Biden called the legislation “a down payment,” and Democrats have said they will push for more federal aid when Biden takes office January 20.

Trump signed the relief package on December 28, but is urging lawmakers to reach a deal on larger $2,000 checks.

Read more: Inside the Democrats’ plan for handling Donald Trump as Joe Biden’s biggest critic and Twitter troll during the next 4 years

Biden told Georgians that the debate over stimulus checks isn’t an “abstract debate,” it’s about “real lives.”

His trip came a day after the Washington Post released a recording in which Trump appeared to plead with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” additional votes to win the state during the 2020 presidential election.

Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in the November election for the first time since 1992. 

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