Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.
Trump lawyer who sued Capitol riot committee also led his failed efforts to overturn Biden's Nevada win: report
On Monday, POLITICO legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney flagged that the attorney behind former President Donald Trump's lawsuit against the House January 6 select committee was also a key part of his effort to overturn the election results in 2020.
Trump's suit, which also names the National Archives suit is intended to block the release of White House records that could give more information about the former president's role in the events of January 6.
According to Cheney, the attorney, Jesse Binnall, "previously partnered with Sidney Powell to overturn Michael Flynn's guilty plea and... helped Trump attempt to litigate claims of election fraud in Nevada."
NOTABLE: The suit was filed on Trump's behalf by Jesse Binnall, an attorney who previously partnered with Sidney Po… https://t.co/PS6QLuoNen— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1634592804.0
Powell, another pro-Trump lawyer who has spoken at events promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory, has been behind several failed cases to overturn the election, including one that mixed up what state Detroit is in. She now faces a defamation suit from a voting equipment company she claimed rigged the election and disciplinary action against her legal practice.
Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, who in the past has used his deep knowledge of the state's early voting data to accurately call elections, mocked Trump's decision to use Binnall in his latest lawsuit given how his previous lawsuits failed spectacularly to overturn the 2020 election results.
"Good luck," he sarcastically wrote on Twitter.
Trump's lawsuit is part of an effort to assert executive privilege over White House records, which many legal experts say he cannot do as a former president.
Wisconsin Republicans are conducting their own Arizona-style "audit" of the 2020 election results, but the operation is reportedly on the ropes thanks to a "series of blunders" committed by former State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.
CNN's Eric Bradner reports that Gableman in just a few short weeks has made several mistakes that has already resulted in calls for the "audit" to be shut down.
"In recent weeks, Gableman's office has issued, and then backed off, subpoenas for testimony from officials in Wisconsin's five largest counties," Bradner writes. "Gableman has faced backlash after comparing a newspaper's coverage of his probe to Nazi propaganda. And he has been criticized for consulting with Shiva Ayyadurai, a conspiracy theorist whose recent work on the partisan election review in Arizona was discredited. Gableman has also admitted that he does not know how elections work."
Because of all this, Democratic Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul last week sent a scathing letter ripping Gableman's efforts to pieces.
"This is not a serious investigation," Kaul wrote. "Even if an investigation like this were justified -- and it's clearly not -- this one suffers from glaring flaws that destroy any credibility that its results could have."
Additionally, Democratic state Rep. Lisa Subeck has called on Gableman to resign after he compared critics of his "audit" to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
"Special Counsel Michael Gableman's comments earlier today comparing a mainstream newspaper to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbel clearly disqualify him," said Subeck, who is Jewish.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., the freshman congressman who has repeatedly spread Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, was apparently dismayed to learn that 4% of her state's electorate said they "won't even vote" in future elections due to that very "fraud."
"I recently conducted a poll on Georgia's elections and if my constituents felt their votes would count during a teletown hall," she tweeted on Monday. "Sadly, 4% said they won't even vote due to voter fraud. This is WRONG. Legal votes by Rs are just as important as stopping illegal ones."
Greene, who is up for re-election in 2022, has extensively supported Trump's efforts to overturn the election. Back in September, she declared – without evidence – that the former president "won Georgia," later calling for an official audit. In May, Greene also threw her support behind the GOP-backed election recount of Maricopa County, Arizona, which just weeks ago found that President Biden beat Trump by a wider margin than originally reported.
In a series of tweets, Greene also noted that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp would have lost the gubernatorial election against progressive voting rights activist Stacey Abrams if just 4% of the Georgia GOP electorate opted out of voting.
"Combine that with mass absentee ballot harvesting and Rs never win again in Georgia," the conservative lawmaker added, taking issue with the practice of ballot harvesting. Ballot harvesting is the process by which third parties, like volunteers or election workers, gather ballots for voters instead of having voters submit the ballots themselves.
Last week, Trump appeared to lend credence to Greene's concerns around non-voting within the GOP base.
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented)," he said in a statement, "Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."
Trump's remarks came just hours after a state judge dismissed a Trump-backed lawsuit alleging fraud in the Peach State, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The decision dashed Republican hopes of the state conducting an official audit any time soon.
"This lawsuit was the result of the Big Lie, which is nothing more than a meritless conspiracy theory being spread by people who simply cannot accept that their side lost," Robb Pitts,, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, said in a statement. "Its defeat here today should echo throughout the nation."
Greene defeated her opponent by an approximate 50% margin in the 2020 House races, so it remains unlikely she will be ousted next year, even if she loses 4% of her voting bloc.
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