The Trump Campaign has petitioned for a recount in Georgia while the president’s legal team alleges that Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger are part of an
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
international voter fraud conspiracy.Georgia law allows for a recount since President-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory was less than .5 percent. The effort, just like last weekend’s audit where ballots were recounted by hand, will be paid for by Georgia taxpayers.Meanwhile, Trump attorney Sidney Powell made wild, unsubstantiated accusations on Saturday that Kemp, Raffensperger and their families were bribed by Dominion, the company that sold Georgia its voting machines, to rig the vote in favor of Biden.Powell spun a conspiracy theory in an interview with Newsmax that Dominion’s voting software was created in Venezuela at the direction of former president Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, using technology provided by the CIA. Powell and other members of the Trump legal team have also alleged China is somehow involved in rigging the election and that U.S. votes were being stored on servers in Germany.
- During a Newsmax interview, Attorney Powell complained that Judge Matthew Brann, the Pennsylvania federal court judge who harshly slammed Trump attorneys for not providing evidence while dismissing the campaign's the most recent case, was appointed by President Obama. While it is true that President Obama appointed Brann, his appointment was part of a package deal brokered by Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob Casey, a Democrat, in which each would get to pick a nominee to fill two vacancies on a Pennsylvania federal district court. Brann was Republican Toomey's choice. Far from being a Democrat, Brann had been a long-time Republican party official who was active in the Federalist Society and the National Rifle Association.
- In the Sunday political shows this morning, there seemed to be a consensus that the state certifications of the election results this coming week would cause Republicans to accept Joe Biden as President-Elect. I disagree. Trump will never stop contesting the election and he will seek to exact a political price against any elected Republican official who does not accept Trump won the election. He might even go after anyone who refers to Biden as "President."
- This past week, Trump withdrew from the Open Skies treaty. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump announces a withdraw from NATO, though he will not have time to implement that withdrawl before leaving office on January 20th.
- And expect the pardons to fly in the weeks ahead. In addition to associates and members of his administration, I would not be surprised if Trump pardoned family members. I think there is also a 50-50 chance Trump pardons himself. Because the legality of a self-pardon is debatable, Trump might resign a week or two early to get a pardon from a President Pence. I just don't think Pence would go along with that, though it probably will be the only way Pence can put "President of the United States" on his resume. Nonetheless, a federal pardon does not help Trump or his family with possible criminal exposure in New York state courts.