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Trump plans competing rally on Inauguration Day: report

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President Donald Trump is planning to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden on Inauguration Day by skipping the event and holding an opposing political rally, sources familiar with discussions told Axios.

The “made-for-TV grand finale,” Alayna Treene of Axios writes, will reportedly feature “a White House departure on Marine One and final Air Force One flight to Florida for a political rally opposite Joe Biden’s inauguration” on January 20.

Citing three people familiar with discussions, NBC News first reported on Tuesday that Trump is considering using this rally to launch a 2024 presidential bid, an idea that has been circulating around the rumor mill for a few weeks now. While nothing has reportedly been decided yet, NBC notes that Trump could announce a campaign earlier than January 20.

Meanwhile, Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden as he and his supporters continue to launch legal challenges against the results in certain states, alleging election fraud. So far, his challenges have failed to change the winner in any states.

Simultaneously, Biden is well under way in selecting the members of his incoming administration.

RELATED: Schumer: Senate should confirm Biden’s cabinet before Inauguration Day, after GA runoff elections

Only three presidents in U.S. history have skipped the inauguration ceremony of their successor: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829, and Andrew Johnson in 1869. Like each of these instances, Trump skipping Biden’s swearing-in ceremony would follow a contentious presidential election.

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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