Trump advisor hopes court challenges to Biden election win done soon

first_img– Advertisement – A top legal advisor to President Donald Trump‘s campaign said Wednesday that she hopes a number of court challenges to ballots cast in the presidential election are resolved “within the next two weeks.”Jenna Ellis, Trump campaign legal advisor, during a Fox Business News interview, said it will “be up to the courts to make sure to hear these cases expeditiously.”“It’s incredibly important that the states don’t certify false results,” Ellis said, referring to two legal challenges the Republican campaign is bringing in Pennsylvania and Michigan, led by Democratic governors.- Advertisement – Even if the Trump campaign can prove fraud, or show that ballots were improperly cast in some cases, it is far from clear that the campaign will be able to invalidate enough of the tens of thousands of ballots necessary to erase Biden’s margin of victory in any state. – Advertisement – The longest contested presidential election in modern times was in 2000, when it took 35 days before Democratic Vice President Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush, the Republican nominee. But that delay was the result of a dispute over ballots in just one state, Florida, five fewer than the number of states in which the Trump campaign is disputing results.Biden is projected as the winner in four of the states in dispute, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada, and is leading in ballot counting in the two other states, Arizona and Georgia.On Wednesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state will conduct a by-hand recount of the votes in each county there. Biden leads Trump by more than 14,000 votes in Georgia.Biden currently is projected to receive at least 279 Electoral College votes — nine more than the minimum needed to secure a White House victory. He could get 27 more such votes if he wins in Arizona and Georgia.Ellis on Tuesday mocked much of the media’s reference to Biden as “president-elect” by editing her Twitter handle to read “President-Elect Jenna Ellis.”It is long-standing practice for media outlets, including NBC News, to project the winner of a presidential election, and other elections, days or weeks before the final vote popular vote tallies are completed in individual states, and well before a vote in the Electoral College officially determines the winner of the presidency.Trump has not only refused to concede to Biden as he contests the election, but also has falsely claimed to have won the election.The Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Michigan was filed Wednesday. The campaign said the lawsuit cites “multiple witness accounts of irregularities, incompetence, and unlawful vote counting” in the state.On Tuesday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania scheduled for Nov. 19 an evidentiary hearing on a Trump campaign lawsuit that challenges the process for evaluating the legitimacy of mail-in ballots in the state.Asked when she expected the legal process to be done, and whether there will be proof of systemic and significant fraud, she said, “That depends on when we’re granted meaningful access” to ballots.“So hopefully sooner rather than later,” Ellis said.“I know every American wants this done expeditiously,” she said. “But hopefully within the next two weeks. But we’ll see.”Biden campaign legal advisor Bob Bauer on Tuesday told reporters that the Trump campaign’s array of election lawsuits is “noise, not really law.”“Theatrics not really lawsuits,” Bauer said.He pointed out that since Election Day last week, judges have dismissed seven court cases lodged by the Trump campaign in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.And he said the Trump campaign cannot win the election based on recounts in any state.“Since 2000, in 31 statewide recounts, the average change in votes was 430, and the median change was 267,” Bauer said. “End of story. These margins cannot be overcome in recounts. So the recounts are yet another piece of the political theatrics.”Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, on Tuesday said in a statement, “Let me be clear — the November elections in Michigan ran as smoothly as ever.”“Irregularities occur in every election, but there are multiple layers of protection to ensure that these irregularities are caught and rectified,” Nessel said.“Most of these are simple human error, not crimes — in several examples throughout the state we have found election workers making inadvertent errors that would have given more votes to the candidate of the opposite party.” Detroit election workers work on counting absentee ballots for the 2020 general election at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images In those states, Trump’s campaign is asking judges to bar state officials from certifying election results pending challenges to ballots there.The Trump campaign, which has court challenges pending and plans to seek recounts in six battleground states, is relying on those efforts to overturn what is now a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden, the former Democratic vice president.But those efforts have been criticized by Biden’s campaign and others for failing to offer substantive evidence of fraud.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link119Shares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero Moussa Sissoko idolised an Arsenal legend (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has risked the wrath of fans by naming Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero.The 30-year-old has become an integral part of Tottenham’s midfield under Mauricio Pochettino, making 44 appearances in all competitions last season as Spurs made it to the Champions League final.The France international played the full 90 minutes in the Premier League opener last weekend as Spurs bounced back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1.However, he may have just written his name into the bad books of Spurs fans by admitting that Vieira was the player he looked up to most growing up.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t want to have any problems if I say his name, but it was Vieira!’ Sissoko told talkSPORT, when asked about his childhood hero‘We play in the same position, he is tall like me, playing in the France national team like I am now.‘So I was following him and tried to be like him when I was younger.’Vieira, now in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, made over 400 appearances for the Gunners from 1996-2005 before leaving for Juventus.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTotttenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been delighted with the form of Sissoko and explained how he has become so important to his side ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday.‘We started to lose a little bit of energy in the past and he started to provide this energy,’ said Pochettino.‘He started to improve and be clever in the way to play.‘To learn and to understand what we expect from him exactly and that was the key for him to start to be more consistent amd be in the starting 11 and be an important player for the team.‘He is a good professional, a very nice guy, he’s so big, but at the same time he is so funny.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen ‘fuming’ with Mauricio Pochettino after being dropped for Tottenham vs Aston VillaMORE: Christian Eriksen told Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he had his heart set on a move to Spainlast_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington on unexpected rise to stardom

first_imgST. LOUIS — As he spoke with reporters last week after being announced as the Rangers’ new president, John Davidson brought up his time as president of the Blues. The job was his first as an executive after a lengthy playing and broadcasting career.Davidson was with the Blues for six years and led an organization that drafted the core of the team that’s suiting up in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, including captain Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and netminder Jordan Binnington.  ” target=”_blank”>Binnington calmly skated to his teammates. Carl Gunnarsson scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 of the SCF; as other guys were hugging and high-fiving, Binnington had no reaction.The reaction from the Blues bench as Gunnarsson scores in OT … pic.twitter.com/hP6nB9lLzP— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2019″It’s crazy. We’re so excited and he’s calm,” defenseman Colton Parayko noted. “I don’t know if that’s his personality or he just realizes we have three more [wins] to go ’til he can really celebrate. I don’t know. We’re obviously excited as a group that we have him back there.”He’s just calm back there. It’s cool to see. He strives for success. He strives to be a competitor and be a winner. . . . Every single game he gives us a chance to win.” “Binnington, we didn’t know would be this good and I don’t think the Blues knew he’d be this good, but, God bless him, he’s good,” Davidson said.The 25-year-old rookie has not only been good, he has been great.In 32 regular-season games, he notched a 24-5-1 record, a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts. That performance earned him a Calder Trophy nomination. His numbers have dipped slightly in the postseason (2.37 GAA, .915 save percentage), but he has nearly matched Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask in the Stanley Cup Final. The backstops are separated by .03 and .005 in GAA and save percentage, respectively.Binnington with a gigantic save on Pastrnak off the draw. pic.twitter.com/5udcFpsa4r— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) May 30, 2019″It’s a great story,” Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. “He kind of came in and right from his first game he got a shutout [at the Flyers on Jan. 7] and our team started playing a lot better at that time and he’s been a big part of it. Nobody is surprised anymore.”St. Louis drafted him in the third round in 2011 after he posted decent, but not earth-shattering, numbers for Owen Sound in the OHL. He was midding in the minors, too — until the 2017-18 season. That year, the Blues loaned him to the Providence Bruins because they didn’t have a spot for him with their AHL affiliate in San Antonio. With Providence, he posted a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage. In contrast, Carter Hutton, who was the Blues’ backup last season and signed with the Sabres in the offseason, had a 2.09 GAA and .931 save percentage in the NHL.Binnington got his first taste of the NHL in January 2016, a 13-minute relief outing, and then had to wait almost three years to get back. He made two appearances with St. Louis last December, was sent back down, and then was recalled in January. The rest is history.”It’s been amazing,” St. Louis forward Pat Maroon said on the eve of Saturday’s Game 3 at Enterprise Center. “Very confident, works hard and he does the little things that makes him a good hockey player, so it’s going to continue. He’s going to be a good goalie for many years in this league. Everyone’s proud of him. He’s showed a lot of poise in the last few months.””From where he was, where he is now, and you guys always talk about his personality, his demeanor, but obviously what makes him a good goalie is that nothing seems to rattle him. You see how he bounces back every single game. It’s fun to watch,” said Pietrangelo.Speaking of which: Have you seen Binnington? Ice water may indeed run through his veins — which is kind of fitting. Maroon scored in double overtime of a Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and alright guys, it’s the gif you’ve all been waiting for:the extremely passionate reaction from jordan binnington after pat maroon scores in double overtime to send the blues to the western conference final … pic.twitter.com/vcXQpbnboP— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 8, 2019last_img read more