By Emidio Jozine PEMBA (Reuters) - Luisa Jose, a 52-year-old mother of five, says she came face-to-face with Islamic State-linked insurgents when they attacked the gas hub town of Palma in northern Mozambique 10 days ago. "I was running to save my life ... they were coming from every street," she told Reuters from a stadium in the port city of Pemba housing some of the thousands who have fled the violence. "I saw them with bazookas. They wore uniforms with red scarves...tied to their heads." Jose said the militants quickly overran her hometown of Palma, located next to huge gas projects worth ...
DOJ officials shot down colleague's attempt to interfere in Georgia's election certification: report
The aftermath of the United States' 2020 presidential election was unprecedented in U.S. history; never before had a president who was decisively voted out of office refused to concede, made false and debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, and tried to overturn the election results in states that he lost. One of those states was Georgia, and according to new reporting from ABC News, officials for the U.S. Department of Justice rejected a fellow DOJ official's request to possibly overturn now-President Joe Biden's victory in that state.
In an article posted on ABC News' website on August 3, journalists Katherine Faulders and Alexander Mallin report that "e-mails dated December 28, 2020 show the former acting head of DOJ's civil division, Jeffrey Clark, circulating a draft letter — which he wanted then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue to sign off on — urging Georgia's governor and other top officials to convene the state legislature into a special session so lawmakers could investigate claims of voter fraud."
The draft letter, which has been posted on ABC News' website, was addressed to three Republicans: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia State Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller. And it reads, "The Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States. The Department will update you as we are able on investigatory progress, but at this time we have identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia."
The draft letter also says, "While the Department of Justice believe[s] the Governor of Georgia should immediately call a special session to consider this important and urgent matter, if he declines to do so, we share with you our view that the Georgia General Assembly has implied authority under the Constitution of the United States to call itself into special session for [t]he limited purpose of considering issues pertaining to the appointment of Presidential Electors."
In December 2020, Trump was furious when Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both conservative Republicans, rejected his claim that widespread voter fraud had occurred in Georgia. Both Kemp and Raffensperger acknowledged that Biden legitimately won Georgia, which was heavily Republican in the past but has evolved into a swing state. Biden's victory in Georgia in November 2020 was followed by two more statewide Democratic victories when the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won special U.S. Senate races in Georgia in January 2021, giving Democrats a narrow Senate majority and making Chuck Schumer Senate majority leader rather than Senate minority leader.
Other prominent Republicans who rejected the Big Lie — Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud — in December 2020 included then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Although Barr had been one of Trump's most outspoken loyalists and defended him vigorously during the Ukraine scandal and Trump's first impeachment, he rejected Trump's bogus voter fraud claims. And Trump was furious when Barr told the Associated Press that he had "not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome of the election."
Donoghue, according to Faulders and Mallin, flatly rejected Clark's request to send out the draft letter — saying, "There is no chance that I would sign this letter or anything remotely like this. While it may be true that the Department 'is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President' (something we typically would not state publicly) the investigations that I am aware of relate to suspicions of misconduct that are of such a small scale that they simply would not impact the outcome of the Presidential Election."
Donoghue quoted Barr in his response to Clark, saying, "Given that, I cannot imagine a scenario in which the Department would recommend that a State assemble its legislature to determine whether already-certified election results should somehow be overriden by legislative action."
An Alabama pastor died from COVID-19 less than a month after he spoke at at one of the nation's largest Baptist youth camps.
Wade Morris, of Birmingham, died Tuesday from COVID-related pneumonia 25 days after the end of the Falls Creek Assembly in Oklahoma, which drew complaints from parents after their teenagers came home with coronavirus infections, reported Baptist News.
"I am heartbroken and sad today," said Andy Harrison, conference centers director for Oklahoma Baptists. "I will miss my dear friend. (He was) one of the most passionate, energetic conveyors of the Gospel I've ever been around."
The 51-year-old Morris, an avid runner who had completed nearly 20 marathons, had been hospitalized since mid-July, shortly after he left the camp on July 9.
It's not clear when Morris first began experiencing symptoms or whether he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Several Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma canceled activities for several days in the past week and alerted members of outbreaks among youth groups during the Falls Creek summer camp season.
The typical course for severe infections that result in pneumonia and death are two to four weeks.
Morris is survived by a wife and two daughters.
Donald Trump Jr brutally reminded of his 'drunken circus chimp' dad after failed swipe at Biden's speech
On Tuesday, amid President Joe Biden's press conference on efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump Jr. tried to mock him on Twitter, suggesting that he was struggling to speak.
Biden really makes reading a teleprompter look hard.— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1628023844.0
But the attack didn't go the way that he might have hoped. Swarms of commenters on social media flooded his mentions with clips and quotes from his father stumbling and bumbling through press conferences, often garbling his comments to the point of near unintelligibility — including his excessive slurring, his discussion of "Yo-Semites" National Park, and his inability to pronounce words like "coronavirus" or "contingency."
@DonaldJTrumpJr Who’s this guy and why can’t he read a teleprompter without slurring? https://t.co/C4ROzI1x3P— Pamela Johnson (@Pamela Johnson) 1628026080.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr What does this mean https://t.co/WSuivJNgQM— Susan Abbott (@Susan Abbott) 1628026916.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Your dad is about as articulate as a drunken circus chimp with or without a prompter - and you soun… https://t.co/Pqb9xyDHA8— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1628028209.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Of all the people in the world that can mock anyone at teleprompter fail, you ARE DEFINITELY NOT on… https://t.co/k87jn8har2— 🌊🌊🌊Kelvin Resists🌊🌊🌊 (@🌊🌊🌊Kelvin Resists🌊🌊🌊) 1628038455.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Check yourself, Junior.. I wouldn't go there.. https://t.co/zDhxogAHpU— Angie Nickamin✡️ (@Angie Nickamin✡️) 1628025801.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr LMAO.... You really want to go down that road, junior? Next... https://t.co/AR9x9uO8in— Ruth Cohen (@Ruth Cohen) 1628025692.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Your dad makes drinking from a bottle of water look hard, dude.— Tess Gregory (@Tess Gregory) 1628023897.0
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