What unites Pennsylvania Republicans after Trump? Democrats and tightening voting laws
PHILADELPHIA — Kris Eng, the Republican Party chair in Centre County, is ready to move on. Not from former President Donald Trump — but from Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. senator, Pat Toomey. “He should just leave,” Eng said of Toomey, who called Trump a “demagogue” after the Capitol attack this month that left five people dead. “I don’t feel like he represents us. We know he’s not going to run again. I don’t think he’s speaking on behalf of his constituents right now.” She said Republican voters are also disappointed in GOP leaders in the state legislature, two of whom live in her central Pe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
First it was ‘fraud,’ then they just didn’t like the rules: How Pa. Republicans justified overturning an election
PHILADELPHIA — As Joe Biden took the lead in vote counting and then won Pennsylvania, some of the state’s top Republicans added their voices to President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and rife with fraud. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry joined a “Stop the Steal” rally in Harrisburg and later went on Fox Business Network to blast Pennsylvania’s election as a “horrific embarrassment.” “They say, ‘Oh, you know, 100,000 votes just showed up, and oh by the way, they all just happen to be for Joe Biden,” he said in one interview on Nov. 6. “We had dead people voting. We had a lot...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lies sent Trump supporters to Washington. Can Big Tech bans stop the misinformation?
PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Mickles sat on a bus heading from Harrisburg to Washington, D.C., last week and pulled up her phone to check the latest on Parler, a social media network favored by Trump supporters that is replete with conspiracy theories and misinformation. “Did you see about this Italy thing?” she asked. “They found somebody in Italy that started changing the votes. It’s the first time they have proof. I didn’t get a chance to really listen, but it seems pretty messed up.” No one in Italy changed votes. There is no evidence of widespread fraud or any kind of rigging in the presidential e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Boeing's drone unit to pay $25 million to settle fraud charge that was sparked by whistleblower complaint
SEATTLE — Boeing’s drone subsidiary, Insitu, will pay $25 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently overcharging the government on no-bid military contracts by billing for new parts but using recycled ones. The whistleblower who brought the original case, D R O’Hara, who was fired by Boeing, will get $4.625 million as a share of that penalty for uncovering the fraud. Insitu will also have to pay O’Hara’s legal expenses. The Department of Justice accused Insitu of “knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data” for contracts to supply surveillance drones to b...
The Seattle Times
Chicago rapper G Herbo mocks pending federal fraud charges in bold new video: ‘In my city I’m a god’
CHICAGO – Chicagoans are used to seeing someone facing a federal indictment play it safe in the public arena, usually addressing the charges with a terse no comment or a bland, attorney-vetted statement. Not G Herbo. On Friday, the Chicago-born rapper, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, came out with metaphoric guns blazing, using a new song and video to mock the federal wire fraud conspiracy indictment filed against him in Massachusetts and tout his rise from troubled South Side streets to international acclaim “Ask about me, I ain’t never been a fraud,” he said in the two-minute video ti...
Feds step up efforts to target Venezuelans accused of money laundering in Miami
MIAMI — Federal authorities are stepping up their efforts to seize millions of dollars deposited in Miami bank accounts that they say were used to pay kickbacks to Venezuelan government officials for inflated contracts with the national oil company, PDVSA.The latest target: Natalino D’Amato, a contractor accused of selling $160 million worth of equipment to subsidiaries of the Venezuelan oil monopoly, transferring that money to Miami bank accounts and then paying bribes to government officials to secure the PDVSA deals, according to an indictment. Of that total, U.S. authorities have moved to ...
Georgia Trump supporters fight on in court
ATLANTA — Supporters of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia say they have filed a federal lawsuit that accuses top state officials of abetting voter fraud.The lawsuit says Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rushed to buy new election software that played a big role in a scheme “illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to make certain the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States.”A separate lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, also seeks to overturn the presidential electio...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sidney Powell's road from UNC to defending Trump's supposed 'landslide' reelection
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Growing up in the Triangle, Sidney Powell never missed an episode of Perry Mason. Now she’s starring in her own prime-time legal drama.On Thursday Powell stood alongside former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as they argued for 90 minutes that President Donald Trump had won the election in “a landslide,” only to have the results marred by fraud.“(W)e are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom,” said Powell, part of what Giuliani calls Trump’s “elite strike force team.”Hours later she was ripped by conservative Fox News host Tucker Carls...
The Charlotte Observer
Ivanka Trump distances self from dad's election fraud claims as her own legal jeopardy grows
Ivanka Trump is among a growing number of President Donald Trump’s close advisers who want nothing to do with his legal efforts to subvert the results of the Nov. 3 election, according to a new report.These advisers may publicly act as though they believe Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani can pull some kind of courtroom miracle to prove widely debunked claims of election fraud, Axios reported.“But talk to them privately, and many say Rudy Giuliani and his team are on a dead-end path,” Axios writers Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene said.“Even Jared and Ivanka think this is going nowher...
The Mercury News
Judge cites possibility of 'fraud' in rejecting proposed Derek Chauvin divorce agreement
MINNEAPOLIS — A divorce settlement that would have given most of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s assets to his wife was rejected by a judge who cited the possibility of “fraud” for her decision.Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31, days after her husband was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, leading some to speculate whether it was a divorce of convenience to protect their assets against lawsuits in civil court.Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman wrote in her October ruling that judges can deny an uncontested agreement reach...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)