U.S. President Donald Trump called into a meeting of Republican state legislators in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, repeating his debunked claims of voter fraud and praising Giuliani for his work.
Multiple new polls indicate that most Republicans do not trust the results of the 2020 election. Brian Stelter says it is a “mainstream” view in the GOP. He asks Christopher Krebs about how election lies translate into extremist actions, and Krebs says it is important to differentiate between militia members, full-blown conspiracy theorists, and “disaffected voters” that have bought into Trump’s big lie.
After numerous members of the media were assaulted in pro-Trump riots on January 6, newsrooms are stepping up security measures. Nicole Carroll says USA Today is taking many precautions to protect reporters. RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley says “this is the most perilous time for journalists in the field in the modern history of the United States,” but reporters will not be deterred.
Maggie Haberman reflects on the “constant sense of incoming” during the Trump administration. With Trump off Twitter and almost out of the White House, Haberman says “his ability to just snap his fingers and get attention as president is obviously gone.” But “he is still a dominant figure in the Republican Party, she points out.
CNN has learned that President Trump told his aides to stop paying Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after being irritated over being impeached a second time. A person familiar with the matter says it is not clear if the President’s instruction to his staff was said in jest. CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports on Trump’s pattern for refusing to pay.
A voting machine company sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, accusing her of spreading false conspiracy theories about November’s election that Republican President Donald Trump lost to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Fred Katayama reports.
CNN’s John King speaks with Sen. Angus King (I-ME) about the missing pieces that “could have a dramatic influence” on GOP votes during the impeachment trial and why Trump shouldn’t have classified intelligence briefings post-presidency.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas plans to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. This comes after weeks of elevating misinformation about the election results. Cruz has faced immense backlash and increasing pressure to resign following his objection. Biden has even criticized the Texas senator and said he should be defeated in 2024. Since November, Cruz has sown doubts into the electoral process, says Business Insider.
[NFA] U.S. security forces are mounting a national operation to thwart any violence before President-elect Joe Biden takes office - while Democrats warned of possible political violence even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
"With just seven days left in President Trump's term, they are fast-tracking impeachment proceedings - a move which will no doubt further divide an already fractured nation," said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), joining his colleagues in blasting Democrats for moving toward an impeachment vote.
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that he thinks President Trump resigning would be the best path forward as political fallout over President Trump’s response to the deadly Capitol attack continues to escalate.
[NFA] As the events that unfolded in Washington on Wednesday captured the nation's attention, the raging coronavirus pandemic claimed its highest U.S. death toll yet, killing more than 4,000 people in a single day, according to a Reuters tally. Colette Luke has more.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer took a moment on Thursday to remember the more than 3,000 Americans who perished from COVID-19 the day before, likening that single day toll to some of the deadliest events in U.S. history, including Pearl Harbor and Gettysburg.