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Election 2020: Arizona certifies its results, declaring Biden victory in the state

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Officials in the swing state of Arizona on Monday officially certified its presidential election results, confirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the state over President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Robert Brutinel (R) all attended the event to sign the documents officially declaring that Biden had won the Grand Canyon State by 10,000 votes. While Trump continues to challenge the results and refuses conceding the election, Hobbs and Ducey at the election officiation event both stated that their state’s election was accurate and secure.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges, Arizonans showed up for our democracy,” Hobbs said.

“Every Arizona voter has my thanks and should know that they can stand proud that this election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona’s laws and elections procedures despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary,” Hobbs added.

“The system is strong, and that is why I have bragged on it so much,” Ducey also said.

This follows a pair of Trump’s attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, recently taking part in an unofficial hearing organized by some Arizona GOP lawmakers. The two pressed the swing state to ignore certifying the results and have the Republican-controlled state legislature appoint its own delegation of Electoral College electors, but legal scholars have heavily scrutinized such an action and doubt that this move would hold up legally.

So far, Trump’s legal challenges have been unsuccessful in changing the results of the divisive presidential election.

This election carries historical significance, in that Arizona has only chosen a Democrat for president once since 1972, which was back in 1996 when then-incumbent President Bill Clinton easily defeated Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole.

Additionally, officials certified the results of the U.S. Senate race, which confirmed astronaut Mark Kelly’s (D) victory over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R), who was appointed in 2019 to fill the vacant position after the death of longtime Sen. John McCain (R). Kelly is also the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and almost died in a 2011 assassination attempt that saw six people killed.

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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press

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Remember this 2016 post from Hillary herself just days away from the election? During Friday’s trial of her former attorney Michael Sussmann, some juicy details behind this vey post have emerged.

“Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said that Clinton ‘agreed’ to leak allegations that the Trump Organization had a secret communications channel with Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media during his Friday testimony” reports National Review.

The media “report” Hillary tweeted about above, was spoon-fed to them with her blessing. Mook also revealed the “purpose” for the campaign to leak it to the press was to have a reporter “run it down” further and “vet it out.”

As for Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, Mook added that he “discussed it with Hillary as well” after which, “she agreed to” their decision to turn the loose gossip over to the press.

She was then able to use Slate’s “reporting” to discuss the fake collusion publicly. Clinton then tweeted the campaign’s press release on the “statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia.”

FBI agent James Baker, the then-agent who Sussmann took the Alfa Bank information to, testified in the trial Wednesday. He said he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann said he wasn’t representing a client when they met.

A text message from Sussmann to Baker from the day prior reads: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

National Review reports of the case:

The former FBI general counsel said that he would have treated the meeting and subsequent investigation differently had he known Sussmann was coming forward on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

 The evidence that Sussmann delivered to Baker came in the form of Domain Name System (DNS) data that allegedly showed frequent communications between servers associated with the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. The data was provided to Sussmann by Joffe, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Neustar, which was also being represented by Sussmann as part of his role as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.

FBI agent Scott Hellman testified Tuesday that he was immediately skeptical of the data and accompanying analysis that suggested illicit communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. In fact, the quality of the analysis was so poor, that Hellman questioned whether its source had a “mental disability” in a private chat with FBI colleagues, obtained by prosecutors.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which Perkins Coie hired to work on behalf of the Clinton campaign, translated the DNS data into laymen’s terms and pitched it to various reporters, including Franklin Foer, a writer for Slate.

 “We certainly hoped that he would publish an article,” former Fusion GPS employee Lauren Seago testified.

Foer obliged them, touting the claims in an article published on October 31, 2016, a little over a week before Election Day.

 

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