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Former intel director Clapper on Flynn: ‘This is not a coffee boy, this is not a hoax, this is real’

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Former National Director of Intelligence James Clapper on CNN (Screen capture)

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper said on Friday that former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI is terrible news for President Donald Trump and his administration.

Calling it a “tragedy” that an officer with so many years of service behind him would commit crimes against his country, Clapper said, “I think the overarching implication for me — the first thing that came to mind — is that at least right now the rule of law does prevail in this country.”

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“Obviously, huge implications for the White House, this is not a good day,” Clapper continued. “This is not a coffee boy. This is not a hoax. This is not fake. This is real.”

He was referring to previous attempts by the Trump administration to brush off admissions by staffers like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos was the first member of Trump’s campaign and transition to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

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Trump supporter accused of voter fraud invited to apply for a pardon — in gratitude for proving ‘how hard voter fraud is’

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On Wednesday, writing on Twitter, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman invited a Trump supporter accused of voter fraud to apply for a pardon if convicted — in thanks for showing Pennsylvania voters, and Republicans around the country, how difficult it is to commit voter fraud.

The case centers on a man in Forty Fort, Luzerne County, who allegedly filled out an absentee ballot application for his deceased mother with the intention of casting a second ballot for President Donald Trump, in her name. He faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

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Georgia GOP secretary of state: Trump ‘threw my family under the bus’ even though we voted for him

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Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, has written an angry editorial for USA Today in which he details the harassment he and his family have been subjected to because he followed the law and certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Raffensperger starts out his editorial by praising the Peach State for holding a free and fair election under difficult circumstances stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says Trump ‘did everything possible to lose’

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President Donald Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven't been willing to indulge his fantasy.

The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.

“We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, who sits on Michigan’s board of state canvassers, which was statutorily obligated to certify the election win by Joe Biden. “As John Adams once said, 'We are a government of laws, not men.' This board needs to adhere to that principle here today. This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election.”

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