- 7:12 pm Sunday, December 18th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
What is normally a symbolic vote for President by the Electoral College has taken on different overtones this year in the wake of President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory, as frustrated Trump opponents have tried to put together a last-ditch effort to derail Mr. Trump, but as of now there is little evidence those efforts will bear fruit.
Here is some of what you can expect to see on Monday:
1. Last chance for critics to deny Trump a victory. My inbox has been filled in recent days with the missives of more liberal groups trying to stop the President-Elect. “Tell the electors to [More]
- 5:00 am Sunday, December 18th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Not since December 2000, in the wake of the Bush v. Gore post-election fight over the state of Florida, have we seen so much interest in the vote of the Electoral College, as electors will gather in state capitals all across the country on Monday, with the most likely outcome being a victory for President-Elect Donald Trump.
Let’s take a look behind the scenes.
1. Remember, the Electoral College does not meet in one place. If you’re looking for 538 people to be in one hall, in order to cast their votes for President, that’s not how it works. The electors [More]
- 7:30 am Saturday, December 17th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As President Obama pointed his finger directly at the Russians over election year hacking of Democratic Party aides, intelligence officials are now presenting a united front about Russian involvement in the 2016 race for President, as Mr. Obama defended the conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
“The intelligence that I’ve seen gives me great confidence in their assessment that the Russians carried out this hack,” the President said, blaming Russia for getting emails both from the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta.
Here’s a quick review of where we are on this story:
1. The CIA and FBI now [More]
- 3:46 pm Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
President Obama defended his administration’s election year reaction to intelligence that Russia was behind email hacks of Democratic Party officials which played a sizeable part in the 2016 campaign, though Mr. Obama made clear at a year end news conference that the Russian meddling did not alter the counting or casting of votes in November.
“The intelligence that I’ve seen gives me great confidence in their assessment that the Russians carried out this hack,” the President said, “the hack of the DNC and the hack of John Podesta.”
By not dramatically addressing it in the months before Election Day, the President said [More]
- 6:56 am Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While Democrats in recent days have demanded a full public investigation of Russian involvement in hacks of Democratic Party officials and campaign workers of Hillary Clinton in 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump continues to turn that argument back on Democrats and the White House, raising questions about post-election sour grapes.
“Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” Mr. Trump tweeted on Thursday.
The President-Elect continued to mock the reaction of Democrats before sunrise on Friday morning.
Some Republicans have joined Mr. Trump to criticize the Obama Administration, arguing there was a reason why nothing was done before the election about the Russian election [More]
- 9:39 pm Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
On his second of four stops this week, President-Elect Donald Trump told a raucous crowd in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that his administration will be ready to go to work on January 20, as he once more vowed to bring back jobs to America in a Trump Administration.
“We are going to rebuild our country,” Trump said in Hershey, Pennsylvania. “We’re going to do it ourselves.”
“My administration will follow two simple rules – buy American and hire American,” Mr. Trump said to cheers.
The President-Elect did not address the ongoing political feud over how Russia inserted itself into the 2016 elections, [More]
- 10:38 pm Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
The post-election dustup over charges that Russia was behind the email hacks of Democratic Party officials and a top aide to Hillary Clinton only seemed to expand on Wednesday, as a GOP Senator said his campaign email had been hacked, and allies of President-Elect Trump feuded with the U.S. Intelligence Community over what is really known about the Russian operation.
I have had a lot of people in recent days ask questions about the rumblings over possible Russian interference in the 2016 elections, what has been proven, what has not, and what sort of evidence is out there and more.
So, let’s [More]
- 4:12 pm Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Democrats in Congress brought in ethics experts to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, trying their best to make the case that President-Elect Donald Trump is going to be in a hotbed of ethical troubles, unless he unwinds himself from his extensive family business interests.
“President-Elect Trump should divest himself of any and all business interests that create conflicts of interest,” said Richard Painter, a former White House lawyer for President George W. Bush.
“What should Donald J. Trump do now?” asked Norm Eisen, a former special counsel for President Barack Obama. “The President-Elect should do a true, blind trust.”
Stephen Gillers of the [More]
- 7:51 am Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Frustrated with a lack of answers and information coming from the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State of Georgia is now asking President-Elect Donald Trump to help figure out why the Department of Homeland Security was repeatedly trying crack a state government computer network that deals with elections.
“The people of Georgia are very concerned about what exactly happened here, and they are demanding transparent and honest answers,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote Mr. Trump in a Wednesday letter.
“I write to ask for your help in providing those answers when you assume the Presidency later [More]
- 11:07 pm Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
With the announcement Tuesday of his selection for a Secretary of State, and leaks about his choices to lead the Energy and Interior departments, President-Elect Donald Trump is not far away from being able to wrap up the major decisions for his Cabinet, though many more lower level agency jobs will still need to be dealt with by his transition team.
At this point, there are only a few slots left to be filled in the Trump Cabinet: Veterans Affairs and Agriculture are the two unknowns, while we also await a formal announcements on the Interior post.
Mr. Trump on Wednesday morning [More]