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Trump-Biden transition: Attorney Sidney Powell back at White House Sunday

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By LIBBY CATHEY, MEREDITH DELISO and JACK ARNHOLZ, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in 31 days.

Here is how the transition is unfolding. All times Eastern:

Dec 20, 11:04 pm
Attorney Sidney Powell back at White House Sunday

Attorney Sidney Powell was back at the White House Sunday to push President Donald Trump and his administration to issue an executive order to seize voting machines for examination, two sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News.

It is unclear if Powell met face-to-face with the president Sunday.

She met with Trump in the Oval Office Friday night and was joined by Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Sources, who were against the move Friday evening, were stunned to hear Powell was back in the building Sunday.

Critics expressed alarm at Friday’s meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times. Noah Bookbinder, who heads the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told ABC News that the ideas raised in the Oval Office would represent an “abuse of power” and were “wrong and must be condemned.”

Dec 20, 5:18 pm
Jennifer Granholm talks Biden administration’s ‘robust’ plans for climate change, response to cyberattack

Speaking Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who was just announced as nominee for Energy Secretary in President-elect Biden’s administration, said Biden had “robust”plans for addressing climate change and responding to the massive SolarWinds hack.

“The civil servants, the investigators, the scientists who are doing the investigation, they’ve got to be able to come up with very specific answers so we know what the response will be. But Joe Biden I know will have a robust response once we find out the perpetrator and extent of it,” Granholm said about the cyberattack.

On Biden’s plans to address climate change, Granholm said, “The Green New Deal was an important framework for what Joe Biden has put on tap, but I mean really, this is the most robust climate change plan ever.”

Dec 20, 2:13 pm
Cyber hack resulted in ‘big haul’ and is ‘ongoing’: Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Republican Intelligence Committee counterpart, Sen. Marco Rubio, on This Week Sunday in placing the blame for the government cyberattack on Russia, despite President Trump’s downplaying of the country’s involvement Saturday.

“I would echo what Secretary Pompeo has said and Marco Rubio has said. All indications point to Russia,” Warner said.

“This is extraordinarily serious, and when the president of the United States tries to deflect or is not willing to call out the adversary as we make that attribution, he is not making our country safer,” he further said.

The senator also told George that the intrusion “may be ongoing” and that, despite current indications that only “non-classified networks” were breached, the attackers nevertheless got away with a “big, big haul” and that it could be some time before the government is able to fix the underlying vulnerabilities.

Dec 19, 3:52 pm
Biden administration proposing one of the most ‘ambitious climate plans in history’: Harris

Wrapping up Saturday’s event announcing members of the incoming administration’s climate and energy team, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris emphasized how forceful Biden’s plan is in fighting climate change.

“Part of the reason I was so proud to join Joe Biden as his running mate was because he was proposing one of the most ambitious climate plans in history, a plan to secure carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, a plan to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050, a plan to invest in a clean energy future and create millions of good-paying union jobs along the way,” she said.

“And the team that President-elect Biden and I are announcing today will help make that plan a reality,” Harris added.

The vice president-elect said the appointees and nominees announced Saturday represented some of the country’s “most seasoned public servants and climate experts” and reflected the “very best of America.”

“They are compassionate leaders who understand that, ultimately, addressing climate change is about building safer communities and healthier communities and thriving communities for all Americans,” Harris said.

Dec 19, 3:47 pm
Gina McCarthy accepts nomination for first-ever national climate adviser

Former E.P.A. chief Gina McCarthy accepted her nomination as the first-ever national climate advisor to head the new White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy.

“I’m here today because climate change is not only a threat to the planet. It is a threat to our health and our well-being,” McCarthy said. “It’s a threat to people everywhere and the precious natural resources that we depend on.”

Defeating this threat, she went on, “will require engagement of every community, every sector in our nation and every country in the world.”

In the role, she said she will work directly with communities and harness “the force of science and the values of environmental justice.”

Biden referred to McCarthy, who currently serves as president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council, as a “policy wonk and a people person, problem solver and coalition builder.”

While E.P.A. head under the Obama-Biden administration, she led the effort of lowering carbon emissions from power plants and conserving critical water sources, he said.

McCarthy will work closely with former Secretary of State John Kerry in the new role, Biden said.

Dec 19, 3:42 pm
Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality designate says she knows ‘faces of the marginalized’

Southern Environmental Law Center Regulatory Policy Director Brenda Mallory told Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris she was “honored and humbled” by her appointment to be chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Mallory highlighted her upbringing in Waterbury, Connecticut, for shaping her commitment to fighting the injustices brought on by climate change.

“I know the faces of the marginalized, and I appreciate the challenges of urban pollution. While the words ‘climate change’ and ‘environmental injustice’ were not part of the vernacular back then, the evidence of their impact was all around,” she said.

Mallory promised to revitalize the Council on Environmental Quality, saying “CEQ will work with a broad range of partners on a broad range of issues, tackle the full breadth of climate change, preserve the natural treasures of our nation, center environmental justice and help more communities overcome legacy environmental impacts.”

Dec 19, 3:39 pm
Michael Regan says he will enact an ‘environmental justice framework’ as EPA head

In accepting his nomination as E.P.A. administrator, Michael Regan drew attention to the “connection between our environment and our health.”

Growing up in eastern North Carolina, he said he “developed a deep love and respect for the outdoors and our natural resources,” but that he “also experienced respiratory issues that required me to use an inhaler on days where pollutants and allergens were especially bad.”

“We will be driven by our convictions that every person in our great country has the right to clean air, clean water and a healthier life, no matter how much money they have in their pockets, the color of their skin or the community that they live in,” he said. “We will move with a sense of urgency on climate change, protecting our drinking water, and enact an environmental justice framework that empowers people in all communities.”

The nomination is a “dream come true,” said Regan, who previously served nearly a decade at the E.P.A. under both Democratic and Republican presidents.

A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, he said he also was honored to join Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a “fellow HBCU graduate in this administration.”

On the nomination, Biden noted that Regan, currently secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, would be the first African American man to run the E.P.A.

Dec 19, 3:27 pm
Energy secretary nominee Granholm says commitment to clean energy was ‘forged in the fire’

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm accepted Biden’s nomination as energy secretary Saturday.

“My commitment to clean energy was forged in the fire,” Granholm said. “Joe Biden and the Obama administration worked with us to rescue the auto industry and the million jobs that are attached to it. They worked with us to retool and electrify Detroit for the future, of course, and to diversify Michigan’s economy on the premise of this promising future in clean energy.”

The former governor stressed the importance of investment in clean energy to produce new jobs.

“Over the next two decades, countries and companies are going to invest trillions… in electric cars and batteries and wind turbines and solar panels and energy-efficient appliances and energy-efficient buildings,” Granholm said.

“Millions of good-paying jobs are going to be created, millions. But where? Where will those jobs be?” she asked.

She said, “The path to building back better [is] starting with building and manufacturing and deploying those products here, stamping them ‘Made in America,’ and exporting them around the world.”

Biden’s nominee for energy secretary highlighted her family’s history, as immigrants from Canada, and the importance of good-paying jobs.

“It’s because of my family’s journey and my experience in fighting for hardworking Michigan families that I have become obsessed with creating good-paying jobs in America in a global economy, obsessed with seizing the opportunities that a clean energy future will provide for American workers. So we can stand on the sidelines and let other countries beat us to these opportunities, or we can get in the game,” Granholm said.

Dec 19, 3:19 pm
Rep. Deb Haaland accepts historic nomination as first Native American Cabinet secretary

New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland said she was honored to accept the nomination for secretary of the interior, which would make her the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed.

She said the moment was “profound when we consider the fact that a former secretary of the interior once proclaimed fiscal to ‘civilize or exterminate us'” — referring to comments made in 1851 by then-Secretary of the Interior Alexander H. H. Stuart regarding Native Americans.

“I’m a living testament to the failure of that horrific ideology,” she said.

As secretary of the interior, she said her role would be to address the challenges of climate change and environmental injustice.

“We will ensure that the decisions at Interior will once again be driven by science,” she said.

“The president-elect and vice president-elect know that issues under Interior’s jurisdiction aren’t simply about conservation. They’re woven in with justice, good jobs and closing the racial wealth and health gaps,” she added.

On her nomination, Biden said Haaland will be a “true steward of our national parks, our natural resources and all of our lands.”

“The federal government has long broken promises to Native American tribes who have been on this land since time immemorial,” he said.

Dec 19, 3:13 pm
Biden introduces climate, energy team

Biden introduced his climate and energy team nominees and appointees Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware.

“I’m pleased to announce a team that will lead my administration’s ambitious plan to address the existential threat of our time, climate change,” the president-elect said in his opening remarks.

Biden highlighted the diversity of his Cabinet picks, noting that his nominee for secretary of the interior, Rep. Deb Haaland, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate.

“The Biden-Harris cabinet, it will be historic — the cabinet that looks like America, that taps into the best of America, that opens doors and includes the full range of talents we have in this nation,” Biden said.

The president-elect also stressed the importance of taking on an issue central to his administration.

“We literally have no time to waste,” Biden said. “We’re in a crisis. Just like we need to be a unified nation in response to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change.”

Announcing Haaland as his secretary of the interior nominee, the president-elect said, “The Federal government has long broken promises to Native American tribes who have been on land since time immemorial. With her appointment, Congresswoman Haaland will help me strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship, and I’m honored… she’s been willing, when I called her, to accept this critical role.”

For his nominee for energy secretary, Biden highlighted former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s commitment to clean energy and helping the Obama administration bail out the auto industry during the Great Recession.

“(Granholm) bet on the promise of a clean energy future. Her leadership helped rescue the automobile industry in the United States of America, helped save a million American jobs, and helped bring Detroit back,” Biden said.

The president-elect also announced North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan as his nominee for E.P.A. administrator, Regulatory Policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center Director Brenda Mallory as his appointee for chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, former E.P.A Administrator Gina McCarthy as national climate adviser, and New York Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy Ali Zaidi as his deputy national climate adviser.

Dec 19, 1:15 pm
Nearly 50 years after death of wife and daughter, empathy remains at Joe Biden’s core

In November 1972, Joe Biden made headlines as the 29-year-old lawyer who pulled off an upset win against Sen. Caleb Boggs to represent Delaware in the Senate — one of the youngest people ever elected to the body. But it was a different headline a month after the election that would forever change his life: “Biden’s wife, child killed in car crash.”

“I was down in Washington hiring staff and I got a phone call from a first responder. They put a pretty young woman on the phone. She was so nervous, she said, ‘You gotta come home. There’s been an accident. A tractor trailer hit your wife and your three children while they were shopping,'” Biden recalled at a campaign event in Newton, Iowa, last August.

“My wife was killed and my daughter was killed,” he continued. “And my two boys, but for the jaws of life, and a rescue crew saving their life, would not have been around either.”

Friday morning, on the 48th anniversary of the accident, the president-elect refrained from public events, instead visiting the graves of his late wife, Neilia, and daughter, Naomi, at Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his wife, Jill, near his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

The anniversary comes, as it did in 1972, as Biden is preparing for a new role in public life — this time the presidency. The role caps off a lifetime in politics that almost ended before it began. Biden had initially decided to stay in the Senate for only six months following his wife and daughter’s deaths and in order to care for his injured sons.

Despite his initial unwillingness to serve, Biden remained in the Senate and public life, turning his grief into a way to connect with others through empathy — a trait that has perhaps most defined his career.

-ABC News’ Molly Nagle

Dec 19, 11:09 am
Biden to introduce key members of climate, energy team

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will introduce key nominees and appointees for their climate and energy team Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware.

The nominees and appointees attending the event will include secretary of interior nominee Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M.; secretary of energy nominee former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; E.P.A. administrator nominee Michael Regan; Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality nominee Brenda Mallory; national climate adviser appointee Gina McCarthy and deputy national climate adviser Ali Zaidi.

Dec 18, 5:18 pm
McCarthy dodges question on challenging Electoral College vote

Asked whether he will join with other House Republicans to formally object to the certification of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., laughed and told reporters, “We’ll watch and see,” per the pool reporter on Capitol Hill.

McCarthy hasn’t formally taken a position on the long-shot effort, which still lacks Senate Republican support needed to force debate and vote on the results of the election, nor has he recognized Biden as the president-elect.

The Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory on Monday without any faithless electors. Trump won 232 electoral votes to Biden’s 306.

-ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel

Dec 18, 4:47 pm
White House doesn’t give timeline for Trump to receive vaccine

White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told reporters Friday that the president remains willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine when the time is right, while noting that Trump has already been infected with the virus.

When asked directly if there are concerns about him being vaccinated too close to receiving the monoclonal antibody cocktail, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends waiting 90 days between the two, Morgenstern said, “I don’t know about concerns.” But he added Trump is “perfectly willing to get it, and if the advice is that it is fine — it will be effective if he takes it sooner rather than later — he’ll do that.”

The response comes ahead of Biden being slated to receive the first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine on Monday and following Vice President Mike Pence’s public vaccination Friday morning.

Morgenstern was also asked to explain why the public has not heard from Trump all week.

“There’s a lot of work that goes on that isn’t necessarily public, but he is hard at work, and when it’s the appropriate time for him to come speak publicly, of course that’s his right, his prerogative to do,” he said. “But at this point the administration continues to work very hard behind the scenes, and to the extent we have to speak publicly we do that. But the work is being done whether or not he’s coming in front of you.”

-ABC News’ Elizabeth Thomas

Dec 18, 3:04 pm
Biden transition says pause in DoD briefings was not ‘mutually agreed upon’

The Biden transition team is pushing back on Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller’s statement earlier Friday that there was a “mutually agreed upon holiday break” between the Pentagon and Biden officials, stressing the Biden team felt it was important to keep conversations going over the holiday.

Miller had denied reporting earlier in the day that there had been a halt to transition meetings with the Biden team, saying, “After the mutually-agreed upon holiday pause, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.”

However, the Biden transition disputed Miller’s claim on a call briefing reporters Friday afternoon.

“Let me be clear: There was no mutually agreed upon holiday break. In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period, as there’s no time to spare, and that’s particularly true in the aftermath of the ascertainment delay,” said transition official Yohannes Abraham.

Abraham added it was the team’s expectation that meetings would continue “immediately.”

Biden’s team did not answer when asked if Miller was lying in his statement, instead saying the press could make its own judgments based on the information provided.

-ABC News’ Molly Nagle and Luis Martinez

Dec 18, 3:03 pm
Biden transition warns against ‘unnecessary provisions’ in COVID-19 relief deal

Incoming Biden-Harris national economic adviser Brian Deese released a statement on congressional relief negotiations Friday warning against “unnecessary provisions” that might hamper efforts on the Hill.

“While we are encouraged by the bipartisan effort underway to provide critical relief to millions of Americas, the package should not include unnecessary provisions that would hamper the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve’s ability to fight economic crises,” Deese said.

A Democratic aide told ABC News earlier Friday a relief deal was in sight — “until Sen. Toomey and Republicans inserted an 11th hour purely political, unrelated provision to tie Biden’s hands and risk throwing the economy into a tailspin.”

“The Toomey provision would be an unprecedented change to the law to strip the Fed chair of one of their most important tools to quickly respond to any future economic crisis,” the aide said.

The $900 billion package currently on the negotiating table — the largest package in history behind the relief bill passed in March — is expected to include additional funding on expanded federal unemployment benefits and stimulus checks to millions of Americans below a certain income level.

With government funding set to expire at midnight, negotiators are working to strike deals on both government spending and COVID-19 relief in order to avoid a government shutdown.

Dec 18, 12:56 pm
Obama featured in 3 Georgia digital ads backing Rev. Raphael Warnock

The Warnock campaign released a trio of short digital ads in which former President Barack Obama urges voters to send Rev. Raphael Warnock to the Senate.

One of the ads, titled “Act,” pays homage to the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

“John Lewis wrote that ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’ Georgia, the time to act is now. Let’s send Raphael Warnock to the Senate to make progress for all of us,” Obama says.

The move to invoke Lewis’s legacy in association with Warnock serves as a politically savvy way to counter the Loeffler campaign, which has labeled him a “radical.”

In another ad, Obama echoes the message delivered by Biden when he stumped for Democrats in Georgia, saying Warnock needs to be elected in order for the incoming president “to get things done.”

The final ad captures a viral moment in which Obama was caught shooting a basket and casually joking, “That’s what I do!”

“And voting? That’s something we do. If we want Joe Biden to succeed in tackling this virus and getting folks back to work, we need Raphael Warnock in the Senate,” Obama says in the ad.

Early voting in Georgia for the Jan. 5 runoff races — which will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate — kicked off on Monday. Warnock is vying for Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat.

-ABC News’ Alisa Wierseman


Dec 18, 12:37 pm
Defense secretary pushes back on report Pentagon halted Biden transition meetings

Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller is pushing back on the Axios report that there’s been a halt to transition meetings between the Pentagon and the Biden team.

“At no time has the Department cancelled or declined any interview,” Miller said in a statement Friday. “After the mutually-agreed upon holiday pause, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.”

Miller said the Defense Department has supported 139 interviews sessions with more than 250 officials, complied with 161 requests for information and disclosed thousands of pages of non-public and classified documents, “exceeding prior transitions.”

-ABC News’ Luis Martinez


Dec 18, 12:15 pm
Biden announces additional members of White House communications and press staff

Biden announced additional members of his White House communications and press shop on Friday, a slate of 16 names that include many people who served on the press team for his successful presidential campaign.

“Restoring faith in government by speaking honestly and directly to the American people will be a hallmark of my administration,” Biden said in a statement announcing the hires.

-ABC News’ John Verhovek


Dec 18, 12:10 pm
Ivanka Trump to campaign for Georgia Senate candidates on Monday

On the same day Vice President-elect Kamala Harris plans to visit Georgia to campaign for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, Ivanka Trump will be there to campaign for their GOP opponents, Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue, the Georgia GOP announced in a tweet.

“Excited to welcome @IvankaTrump to Georgia on Monday to campaign for @Perduesenate & @KLoeffler!” the party tweeted, sharing an article by Atlanta’s Fox station that says the president’s daughter and adviser is scheduled to make three stops focusing on the Atlanta suburbs, including Milton, Suwanee and Walton County.

Both Republicans and Democrats have homed in on the runoff election as it will determine which party holds power in the U.S. Senate.

-ABC News’ Ben Gittleson

Dec 18, 11:47 am
Harris to campaign for Georgia Senate candidates on Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will travel to Suwanee and Columbus, Georgia, on Monday in a show of support for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock ahead of their runoff races on Jan. 5.

The visit will fall nearly a week after Biden traveled to Atlanta to stump for the candidates.

Trump chose Georgia as the location of his first and only rally since the election to air his grievances with the presidential election and stump for sitting GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue. Vice President Mike Pence has already made two trips to the Peach State this month, calling Georgia the GOP’s “last line of defense.”

The runoff election will determine which party holds power in the U.S. Senate.

-ABC News’ Beatrice Peterson

Dec 18, 10:53 am
Washington brings rare rays of hope for the holidays: Analysis

It would qualify as audacious to expect hope in anything other than small packages this dismal year.

So it is surprising that Washington heads into the holidays with some of the best news it’s been able to deliver in some time.

COVID-19 vaccine development has brought historic breakthroughs, as dramatized Friday morning when Vice President Mike Pence received his first shot live on television.

Bitter post-election fights over the integrity of the vote are sputtering to a close, with Monday’s Electoral College vote providing a pivot point for Republicans to accept former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect.

And Congress is closing in on deals to keep the government open and provide new rounds of COVID-19 relief, though not without some drama that could drag things close to Christmas.

There are more than enough reasons for despair as a long winter begins. Few, least of all Biden and his team, are mistaking positive signs for a breakthrough of bipartisanship — certainly not so long as Trump’s grip on the GOP continues.

Something else that made this week stand out: Trump has said almost nothing in public. He’ll make plenty of noise over the next month, but a post-Trump world might be coming into view.

-ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein


Dec 18, 10:51 am
Biden recognizes anniversary of the death of his first wife and daughter

Biden on Thursday morning attended Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, where the Bidens worship and where the remains of Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and two children, Naomi and Beau, are buried in the church’s adjacent cemetery.
 
It’s the 48th anniversary of the death of his wife and his infant daughter who were struck by a tractor-trailer as Neilia took the kids to pick out a Christmas tree. The tragedy occurred shortly after Biden was elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate.

Biden’s son Hunter and late son Beau, ages 3 and 4 at the time, were also seriously injured. The Senator-elect ultimately took his oath of office from from his children’s beside at a Delaware hospital.

The president-elect has no other public events scheduled for Friday.

Dec 18, 10:51 am
Overview: Biden builds Cabinet of firsts, Trump continues to challenge vote

With about a month to go until the inauguration, Biden is continuing to meet with transition advisers and build out what he’s calling a Cabinet “full of firsts.”

Biden officially announced new members of his climate team Thursday evening. New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland was chosen for interior secretary and would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary, if confirmed. Michael Regan, current head of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, was picked as EPA administrator and, if confirmed, would be the first Black man in the position. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm rounded out the climate Cabinet posts with Biden nominating her as secretary of energy.

In addition to the Cabinet-level posts, Biden has also nominated Brenda Mallory to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. She would be the first African American to hold the position since its creation, if confirmed. Gina McCarthy was tapped to serve as the first-ever National Climate Advisor, heading up the newly formed White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy to “drive an “all of government” approach to combating climate change.” Along with McCarthy is Ali Zaidi, who helped draft the Obama administration’s climate plan following the Paris Climate Agreement, to serve as deputy national climate adviser.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to challenge the vote behind closed doors, limiting his public appearances since the election. On Thursday evening, Trump praised incoming Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, after reports surfaced that the freshman lawmaker may join Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks’ Electoral College challenge, calling Tuberville “a great champion and man of courage.”

“More Republican Senators should follow his lead,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s pressure campaign on the GOP comes ahead of Congress convening a joint session to certify the election results on Jan. 6. The ceremonial proceeding, led every four years by the vice president, could represent Trump’s last attempt to overturn his loss and disrupt the electoral process in protest.

Under federal law, a member can challenge the Electoral College results from any state if a member of the Senate backs the effort, forcing the House and Senate to separate for up to two hours of debate and a vote on whether to accept a slate of electors. A majority of both chambers would have to support the motion to successfully challenge a given slate of electors.

Trump, tagging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Friday tweeted at Republican Senators to “get tougher or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore.”

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