WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is warning that Democrats are aiming to “rig” the 2020 election and will stop at nothing to do it.
Speaking at a Students for Trump rally Tuesday night, the president said democrats will make this autumn’s presidential election “the most corrupt ever,” and stepped up his attack on mail-in ballots.
“No, mail-in ballots is a disaster for our country. It’s going to end up in a big — you know. Look, just — just forget about all of this stuff,” Trump said to a crowd of students at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, most of whom were not wearing masks.
“Forget about speeches and teleprompters and all of that. They send out millions of ballots. Who’s getting them? How are they delivered? Who’s not getting them? Think of it. It’s going to be fraud all over the place. And if you look right now — if you look right now, look at all of the disputes they’re having on mail-in ballots….With mail-in ballots, you introduce something in the middle of an election year, and you have something where it’s very complex — you have no time to fix this very complex process,” he continued. “It’s very complex. This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country. And we cannot let this happen. They want it to happen so badly.”
Accusing Democrats of “sending tens of millions of ballots using the China virus as the excuse for allowing people not to go to the polls,” the president said we can not allow the Coronavirus to stop Americans from voting on election day.
“People went to the polls and voted during WWI, They went to the polls and voted during WWII. We can safely go to the polls and vote during COVID-19,” he said.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday ordered a federal judge to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn effective immediately.
Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, had been accused of lying to the FBI about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration, who had sought to prevent U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to proceed with the case.
“In this case, the district court’s actions will result in specific harms to the exercise of the executive branch’s exclusive prosecutorial power,” wrote Judge Neomi Rao. “The contemplated proceedings would likely require the Executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was one of several former Trump aides charged under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. He had twice plead guilty to the charge.
In his dissent, Judge Robert Wilkins, an Obama administration appointee, said the Justice Department’s handling of the case raised questions that merited further scrutiny by the District Court.
“In 2017, the then-Acting Attorney General told the Vice President that Flynn’s false statements ‘posed a potential compromise situation for Flynn’ with the Russians,” Wilkins wrote. “Now, in a complete reversal, the government says none of this is true.”
“This is no mere about-face; it is more akin to turning around an aircraft carrier.”
When reached for comment, a Justice Department spokesperson said the agency was “happy” with the court’s decision.
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump is set to resume rallies for his 2020 presidential campaign, campaign manager Brad Parscale announced Tuesday.
“Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump,” Parscale said in a statement. “The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous. You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of.”
For weeks the president has hinted that he was itching to get back on the campaign trail. “We got to get back to the rallies,” Mr. Trump told reporters in May. “I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.”
With the election less than five months away, there’s a growing sense of urgency within the Trump campaign to again connect with American crowds, particularly since he has not been able to do so since March when all rallies were called to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
While locations have yet to be announced, the president has stated he would prefer rallies in reopened arenas and “big, outdoor” venues, suggesting Georgia or Florida as potential locales. “I don’t wanna have a stadium where you’re supposed to have a person, then seven empty seats,” he remarked.
While Trump is likely to face backlash for resuming in-person events while the coronavirus pandemic is still active, his advisers counter that recent massive protests in metropolitan areas have made him more eager than ever to reconnect with the American people.