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Fox News legal analysts agree: Trump hurt his chances in post-election court cases by claiming victory

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A pair of Fox New legal analysts urged President Donald Trump to shut up about the election supposedly being stolen from him.

The president falsely claimed victory overnight Wednesday and spent the morning complaining about mail-in ballots going to Joe Biden, as expected, and two Fox News commentators argued that would not help Trump in any legal ballots over the election, reported The Daily Beast.

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“He’s got to tamp down the rhetoric,” law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox anchor Sandra Smith. “That’s only going to alienate courts, it’s going to inflame people on both sides. He did not win these states last night. These states are still in play. There are ballots that will be counted.”

Turley, a George Washington University law professor who served as a defense witness during Trump’s impeachment trial, said the president was undermining his own legal case.

“We all have to take a step back here,” Turley said. “We have an interest in counting valid ballots, including ones that have not been counted to date. That’s going to go forward.”

Fox News guest Andrew McCarthy later said he was surprised that Trump’s post-election statement had not been “properly lawyered.”

“It seemed like they didn’t do that, and I think it was a real mistake not to,” said McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney.

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McCarthy said the Supreme Court had the authority to decide which cases to take up, and he argued the justices “did not want any part of” that “thermonuclear” case.

“I believe that what the president said last night is going to play into the hands of the faction of the court that would rather say, ‘Let’s sit back and let this play out, and it may turn out that when all the dust settles, maybe we don’t have to make a ruling here.’” McCarthy said.


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Michigan GOP chair tells elections board not to certify results because Republicans were ‘disrespected’

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Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Monday asked the Board of State Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results as scheduled because Republicans were "disrespected.".

Cox appeared as a witness as the board was considering whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state. Under state law, the board must certify the results before the close of Monday's meeting.

"I'm asking you to delay certification," Cox told the board's four members. "There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election, too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and the sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters."

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If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor

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Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.

Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”

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‘You can’t vote no’: GOP canvasser gets schooled at Michigan certification meeting

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A Republican member of Michigan's Board of State Canvassers was confronted by a former state elections director over attempts to delay certification of the state's election results without a vote.

"I think, first of all, the answer is, of course, you can't vote 'no,'" Chris Thomas told Board member Norm Shinkle. "There is no 'no' in this circumstance. Each of you play a necessary role -- you're at the pinnacle of Michigan's democracy -- you're the endgame of the statewide elections for 2020."

Thomas went on to say that after 5.5 million people have exercised their right to vote, it's the Board's responsibility to make the results "which are already widely known, official."

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