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Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian prosecutors will ask a court to disregard a former U.S. government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s legal team in her U.S. extradition case, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “unnecessary,” documents released on Wednesday showed.

The affidavit was submitted in July in which Michael Gottlieb, who was a White House lawyer under President Barack Obama, testified that U.S. President Donald Trump had departed from longstanding legal policies designed to promote the “impartial administration of justice,” with his comments that he was willing to use Meng as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that the extradition should be thrown out in part because the case against her in the United States is tainted by political interference, pointing to comments from Trump about her extradition.

She was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States.

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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court scrapped a Republican lawsuit that sought to throw out millions of votes and block election certification



a close up of a remote control: Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Slocum


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Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit from Republicans seeking to throw out millions of votes in Pennsylvania and halt the election certification.
  • The lawsuit had taken issue with the state’s mail-in voting law, which had been expanded more than a year earlier, and alleged it was unconstitutional.
  • But the justices wrote in their ruling that Republicans had waited more than a year after the mail-in voting law was passed to challenge it in court — after millions of votes were already cast.
  • One justice even noted in a concurring opinion that lawmakers “failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted.”
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Trump WI Recount Seeks To Throw Out Tens Of Thousands Of Votes

November 21 2020

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access.

It may feel like 2016 all over again for some Wisconsin election officials: a presidential contender wins by about a 20,000-vote margin, there is a nearly even partisan divide and with Thanksgiving around the corner, workers are beginning a recount.

But this recount differs in one key respect. President Donald Trump’s campaign is not just looking for an accurate count of votes. The primary aim is to separate out and invalidate tens of thousands of ballots in two heavily Democratic counties that it claims were cast illegally — but in accordance with long-standing practice in Wisconsin.

In a petition filed Wednesday morning, the Trump campaign accused Wisconsin election officials of illegally issuing absentee ballots to in-person voters without first requiring them to fill out an application, a challenge

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Attorney heading up Trump campaign’s Wisconsin recount effort is seeking to throw out his own vote

The attorney leading President Donald Trump’s recount effort in Wisconsin voted illegally according to his own legal argument that in-person absentee ballots should be thrown out. So did his wife.

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Jim Troupis, a former Dane County judge and Cross Plains attorney who is representing the Trump campaign, would not answer questions about why he and his wife voted that way.

Troupis and his wife voted early using the state’s in-person absentee option — one of a group of voters whose ballots the Trump campaign has asked election officials to deem illegal.

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Their names appeared on exhibits Troupis submitted to the Dane County Board of Canvassers on Sunday, during the county’s third day of retallying ballots. The exhibits include lists of voters who voted in a manner the campaign

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Graham’s pressure campaign to throw out ballots may have violated federal law, legal experts say

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, on Monday said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other GOP lawmakers had pressured him to exclude legally cast absentee ballots as the state conducts a hand recount of its presidential election.

Raffensperger over the weekend issued a surprisingly forceful rebuke of the election misinformation pushed by Trump and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who is leading the campaign’s recount effort in the Georgia. The secretary of state said Georgia’s recount would “affirm” the initial result, which showed President-elect Joe Biden leading by more than 10,000 votes. 

Graham, who has echoed Trump’s baseless claims sowing doubt in the results of the election, asked Raffensperger on Friday about the state’s signature-matching law, which has been the target of misinformation from the president, the secretary of state told The Washington Post.

Here’s how the outlet described Raffensperger’s account of the conversation:

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Did Lindsey Graham push Georgia to throw out legally cast ballots?

It was last week when much of the Republican Party turned on Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state. GOP Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler got the ball rolling, calling for Raffensperger to resign for reasons they struggled to explain. (They were reportedly coaxed by Donald Trump.)

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joked soon after that the senators seemed to berate their own state’s Republican election administrator “because Democrats did too well,” which isn’t how any of this is supposed to work.

Nevertheless, the GOP offensive against Raffensperger has only intensified, with the president spending much of the weekend berating the Georgian via Twitter for being insufficiently loyal. But more importantly, the Republican campaign against one of their own may not be limited to strange rhetoric. The Washington Post reported overnight that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke to Raffensperger and questioned the validity of legally cast absentee ballots.

In the interview,

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Georgia secretary of state says Lindsey Graham implied he should try to throw away ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stood firm Monday on his account that Sen. Lindsey Graham had hinted that he should try to discard some ballots in Georgia, where a recount is underway after the state went for President-elect Joe Biden in the presidential election.



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“He asked if the ballots could be matched back to the voters,” Raffensperger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Monday evening. “And then he, I got the sense it implied that then you could throw those out for any, if you look at the counties with the highest frequent error of signatures. So that’s the impression that I got.”

He later added, “It was just an implication of, ‘Look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.’ ”

Raffensperger’s comments come after he told The Washington Post on Monday that Graham had cast doubt on Georgia’s

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Georgia’s secretary of state says Lindsey Graham suggested he throw out legal ballots

The Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has said that Senator Lindsey Graham asked whether it was possible to invalidate legally cast ballots after Donald Trump was narrowly defeated in the state.



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In an interview with the Washington Post, Raffensperger said Graham, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, questioned him about the state’s signature-matching law and asked whether political bias might have played a role in counties where poll workers accepted higher rates of mismatched signatures. According to Raffensperger, Graham then asked whether he had the authority to toss out all mail-in ballots in these counties.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, says he was questioned by GOP senator Lindsey Graham.


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Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, says he was questioned by GOP senator Lindsey Graham.

Raffspenger was reportedly “stunned” by the question, in which Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to throw out legally cast absentee ballots.

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A 20-year-old woman cast her ballot early before dying of cancer. Her state will throw it out. | US & World News

(CNN) — Amber Pflughoeft beamed with pride as she filled out her ballot for the first time last month.

A 20-year-old who’d been fighting bone cancer for a decade, she was fascinated with politics, her mother Tiffany Pflughoeft remembered. And after spending the last midterm election in the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, she was determined to vote this year.

But just a few days after she mailed in her ballot, Amber’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse. She went back to the hospital and died in late September.

Now, her ballot will be thrown out under Wisconsin election law. She is one of several dozen Wisconsinites whose votes will be canceled because they passed away after voting early, according to state Elections Commission data provided to CNN through a public records request.

“She was so excited about it,” Tiffany said this week. “She died on a

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A 20-year-old woman cast her ballot early before dying of cancer. Her state will throw it out

Amber Pflughoeft beamed with pride as she filled out her ballot for the first time last month.A 20-year-old who’d been fighting bone cancer for a decade, she was fascinated with politics, her mother Tiffany Pflughoeft remembered. And after spending the last midterm election in the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, she was determined to vote this year.But just a few days after she mailed in her ballot, Amber’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse. She went back to the hospital and died in late September.Now, her ballot will be thrown out under Wisconsin election law. She is one of several dozen Wisconsinites whose votes will be canceled because they passed away after voting early, according to state Elections Commission data provided to CNN through a public records request.”She was so excited about it,” Tiffany said this week. “She died on a Monday, but on Saturday, when she … Read More

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