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Birx Claims Trump Was Fed 'Parallel Data' On COVID: 'I Saw Graphs I Never Made'

Birx Claims Trump Was Fed 'Parallel Data' On COVID: 'I Saw Graphs I Never Made'

LatestBy|January 24, 2021 1:13 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toDr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House coronavirus response coordinator during the Trump administration, on Sunday expressed regrets over failing to push back at President Trump’s unfounded claims on COVID-19 while also shedding light on the spread of disinformation inside Trump’s White House.In an extensive interview on CBS Sunday morning, Birx claimed...

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McConnell Says Focus Should Be On 'Safe Inauguration' Before Biden Takes Office

McConnell Says Focus Should Be On 'Safe Inauguration' Before Biden Takes Office

LatestBy|January 13, 2021 5:33 p.m.Minutes after the House for the second time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday urged that the Senate’s focus during last week of Trump’s presidency should be on “a safe inauguration” for President-elect Joe Biden, following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol that President Trump incited.In a statement on Wednesday, McConnell swatted down the idea of a Senate trial happening before Biden’s inauguration next week. McConnell previously signaled that even if the House sends its articles of impeachment to the Senate this week, the...

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Dems Pound On Jim Jordan Until He Grudgingly Concedes Biden Won

Dems Pound On Jim Jordan Until He Grudgingly Concedes Biden Won

LatestBy|January 12, 2021 2:37 p.m.Democrats piled on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Tuesday for repeatedly refusing to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden won the election “fair and square.” During a House Rules Committee meeting debating a bill demanding President Trump’s removal from office following the insurrection at the Capitol that Trump incited, chair Jim McGovern (D-MA) urged Jordan to say that Biden won the election “fair and square.” The Ohio Republican has repeatedly used Trumpian rhetoric to push bogus election fraud claims in recent weeks.McGovern argued that the public needs...

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GOPers Cheney, Katko Get Behind Impeachment: 'There Has Never Been A Greater Betrayal'

GOPers Cheney, Katko Get Behind Impeachment: 'There Has Never Been A Greater Betrayal'

LatestBy|January 12, 2021 6:08 p.m.Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), John Katko (R-NY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Tuesday emerged as the first House Republicans to back an impeachment article that at least 218 House Democrats have co-sponsored after President Trump incited the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week.In a statement on Tuesday, Cheney, who is the third-ranking House Republican, announced her support for impeaching Trump, saying the President “summoned” and “assembled” the mob that stormed the Capitol.“None of this would’ve happened without the President,” Cheney said. “The...

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Lawyer Wrapped Up In Unhinged Trump Call Resigns From Law Firm

Lawyer Wrapped Up In Unhinged Trump Call Resigns From Law Firm

LatestBy|January 5, 2021 6:43 p.m.Cleta Mitchell, the conservative lawyer who took part in President Trump’s last weekend pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the election results, resigned as a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner on Tuesday.In a statement shared with TPM on Tuesday, the law firm confirmed that Mitchell has “informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately.”Foley & Lardner said that Mitchell concluded that her departure was “in the firm’s best interests” in addition to “her own personal best...

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GA Sec Of State: Irate Trump Call Leaked Because He Complained About It On Twitter

GA Sec Of State: Irate Trump Call Leaked Because He Complained About It On Twitter

LatestBy|January 4, 2021 5:42 p.m.Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday said that the release of the now-infamous unhinged call he had with President Trump, who berated the battleground state’s top elections official in his attempt to bully him into overturning election results, was spurred by Trump airing his grievances about the private call in a tweet.Hours before the t on Sunday first reported on Trump’s fiery exchange with Raffensperger, Trump complained about Georgia’s top elections official’s refusal to do his bidding in a that appeared to refer to their private...

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GOP Gov Cancels Inaugural Ceremony Over Armed Protesters Outside His Home

GOP Gov Cancels Inaugural Ceremony Over Armed Protesters Outside His Home

LatestBy|December 30, 2020 5:01 p.m.New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Wednesday announced that he is canceling his outdoor inauguration ceremony next month, citing “ongoing public safety concerns” over armed protesters who have gathered outside his home in recent weeks following a mask order he issued last month.In a series of tweets Wednesday, Sununu said that armed protesters outside his home have become “more aggressive” as they targeted his family. Sununu argued that the outdoor inaugural ceremony originally scheduled next month would “simply bring too much risk.”For weeks, armed...

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The Anti-Elitist Streak Continues: Rubio Dragged For Yet Another Trumpy Take

The Anti-Elitist Streak Continues: Rubio Dragged For Yet Another Trumpy Take

LatestBy|December 28, 2020 12:57 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toLeave it to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to get himself roasted once again for misguided tweets parroting President Trump’s poor attempts to paint himself as a populist.On Sunday, Rubio used Dr. Anthony Fauci — White House coronavirus task force member whose grave warnings on COVID-19 starkly contrasted those of the President throughout much of this year — to further...

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Toomey: Trump Will Be Remembered For 'Erratic Behavior' If He Doesn't Sign COVID Relief Bill

Toomey: Trump Will Be Remembered For 'Erratic Behavior' If He Doesn't Sign COVID Relief Bill

LatestBy|December 27, 2020 10:37 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toSen. Pat Roomey (R-GA) on Sunday sternly warned President Trump that his legacy is on the line after the sitting president turned on a COVID relief bill that passed Congress in the waning weeks of his presidency.During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Toomey expressed his dismay over Trump’s refusal to sign the COVID relief bill. The lack of Trump’s signature...

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Fauci Says He Has A 'New York Bond' With Trump When Calling Him Out On Falsehoods

Fauci Says He Has A 'New York Bond' With Trump When Calling Him Out On Falsehoods

LatestBy|December 24, 2020 11:16 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toDr. Anthony Fauci insisted that he maintains a cordial relationship with President Trump even as the nation’s top infectious disease expert would call the President out for spewing falsehoods on the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 320,000 Americans thus far.In an interview published in the on Wednesday, Fauci said he “really wants to find out” more...

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Unemployment Benefits Run Dry For Millions As Trump Turns On COVID Deal

Unemployment Benefits Run Dry For Millions As Trump Turns On COVID Deal

LatestBy ALEXANDRA OLSON and JILL COLVIN|December 27, 2020 9:26 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet lapsed overnight as President Donald Trump refused to sign an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections.The fate of the bipartisan package remained in limbo...

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Report: Trump Throws Sidney Powell Under The Bus — Again

Report: Trump Throws Sidney Powell Under The Bus — Again

LatestBy|December 22, 2020 6:11 p.m.Sidney Powell has once again found herself down on her luck.President Trump reportedly informed Powell, who was fired by the Trump campaign following an off-the-rails press conference last month where she about the election, on Monday that he isn’t planning to tap her as “special counsel” to probe baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, according to the .Last week, Trump reportedly floated naming Powell as a special counsel investigating unfounded allegations of voter fraud during a meeting in the Oval Office in the waning weeks of his...

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15 AGs Demand WH Retain Docs Despite Trump's 'Utter Disregard' For Record Keeping

15 AGs Demand WH Retain Docs Despite Trump's 'Utter Disregard' For Record Keeping

LatestBy|December 16, 2020 5:40 p.m.Fifteen Democratic state attorneys general on Wednesday said in a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone that President Trump has an obligation to comply with federal laws on record-keeping even in the waning weeks of his presidency.In a three-page letter issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), the group of Democratic attorneys general demanded that Cipollone ensure that “all White House personnel understand and comply with their record preservation obligations” under the Presidential Records Act (PRA). The attorneys general requested...

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State Dept IG Finds Pompeo's Wife Bypassed Approval For Most Taxpayer Funded Trips

State Dept IG Finds Pompeo's Wife Bypassed Approval For Most Taxpayer Funded Trips

LatestBy|December 10, 2020 6:58 p.m.The State Department inspector general found that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife, Susan, bypassed written approval from the State Department for the majority of the taxpayer funded trips she took within a two-year period.In its, the State OIG concluded that Susan Pompeo took eight official trips between April 2018 to April 2020. Out of those trips, only two had documentation of written approval. Four trips were given verbal approval by the under secretary of management, but he did not document his approval. There is no indication of approval for...

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GA Officials: We Voted For Trump But We Need To Call Out His Election Fraud Falsehoods

GA Officials: We Voted For Trump But We Need To Call Out His Election Fraud Falsehoods

LatestBy|December 6, 2020 11:21 a.m.Georgia officials have President Trump’s bogus election fraud claims on their mind — and they’re fed up with the sitting president’s falsehoods amid his ongoing refusal to concede and fruitless legal battles contesting the legitimacy of the election process.Hours before Trump made his appearance at a Georgia rally Saturday night in support of the state’s Republican senators running for re-election, the sitting president reportedly asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in a phone call to order a legislative session to overturn election results, which the...

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WH COVID Officials Dispute Biden's Claim Of 'No Detailed Plan' On Vaccine Rollout

WH COVID Officials Dispute Biden's Claim Of 'No Detailed Plan' On Vaccine Rollout

LatestBy|December 6, 2020 3:21 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toDr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, and HHS secretary Alex Azar on Sunday pushed back on President-elect Joe Biden’s claim that “there is no detailed plan” on COVID-19 vaccine distribution.On Friday, Biden said at an event in Wilmington, Delaware that the Trump administration had shared information with his transition team about distributing a...

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Trump Officials Refuse To Say Biden Won. But WH Press Sec Appears To Have Done So.

Trump Officials Refuse To Say Biden Won. But WH Press Sec Appears To Have Done So.

LatestBy|December 6, 2020 5:35 p.m.White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany seemed to inadvertently admit that President-elect Joe Biden will return to the White House during an interview on Fox News on Sunday, amid the sitting president’s refusal to concede and Trump administration officials having yet to outright acknowledge Biden’s victory.While discussing the Georgia Senate runoff elections on Fox News, McEnany lamented that if Republicans fail to maintain its majority in the Senate as a result of the battleground state’s runoff elections, then Vice President-elect Kamala Harris...

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Ousted DHS Chief: Trump's Bogus Fraud Claims Are 'Corrosive To Confidence In Democracy'

Ousted DHS Chief: Trump's Bogus Fraud Claims Are 'Corrosive To Confidence In Democracy'

LatestBy|December 6, 2020 2:07 p.m.Chris Krebs, who led the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm and was fired by President Trump last month after publicly debunking the sitting president’s conspiracy theories challenging the legitimacy of the election process, on Sunday warned of dire consequences as a result of Trump and Republican lawmakers’ refusal to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.On Saturday night, Krebs panned Trump for waging more baseless election fraud claims during his appearance at a Georgia rally in support of the state’s Republican...

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Barr Appoints Special Counsel To Keep Investigating Russia Probe Origins

Barr Appoints Special Counsel To Keep Investigating Russia Probe Origins

LatestBy MICHAEL BALSAMO and Eric Tucker|December 1, 2020 3:45 p.m.WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, giving him the authority of a special counsel to complete his work without being easily fired.Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal statute that governed special counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe. He said Durham’s investigation has been...

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GOP Sen Refuses To Refer To Biden As POTUS-Elect Even After Trump Lawsuits Fizzle

GOP Sen Refuses To Refer To Biden As POTUS-Elect Even After Trump Lawsuits Fizzle

LatestBy|November 29, 2020 4:27 p.m.Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who chairs the Senate Rules Committee that is responsible for overseeing the election and formerly served as Missouri’s secretary of state, was anything but blunt when asked whether he accepts Joe Biden as president-elect, during an interview on CNN Sunday.A of Republican lawmakers have slowly come around to accepting the reality that President Trump’s presidency is ending in January after the sitting president’s flailing attempts at legally challenging the election results have fallen flat.On Sunday, Blunt appeared unfazed by the...

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PA Supreme Court Rejects Another GOP Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's Win

PA Supreme Court Rejects Another GOP Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's Win

LatestBy MARC LEVY|November 29, 2020 8:57 a.m.HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the  saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to...

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GA Sec Of State Calls Out GOPers Who Won't Condemn Death Threats: 'Really Complicit'

GA Sec Of State Calls Out GOPers Who Won't Condemn Death Threats: 'Really Complicit'

LatestBy|November 29, 2020 10:41 a.m.Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensberger, a Republican, took aim at other Republicans for failing to condemn death threats he and his family have faced following the battleground state’s hand recount affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.President Trump’s allies — which include Sens. David Perdue (R-GA), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) — attempted to pressure Raffensperger into resigning amid Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger also  of demanding that he disregard all absentee ballots in counties where there...

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Pompeo, Who Called For 'Second Trump Admin,' Says State Dept Will 'Honor' Biden's Transition

Pompeo, Who Called For 'Second Trump Admin,' Says State Dept Will 'Honor' Biden's Transition

LatestBy|November 27, 2020 1:52 p.m.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday that the State Department would “honor” the Trump administration’s “promise” to begin the President-elect Joe Biden’s formal transition — a statement that starkly contrasts his suggestion earlier this month thatWhen asked during an interview on Fox News Thursday about his incendiary statement earlier this month that added to the Trumpworld’s efforts to delegitimize the election process and Biden’s legitimate win, Pompeo pointed to General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy’s move earlier...

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Trump-Fired DHS Official Who Debunked Falsehoods Reveals What Upset Him Most About Ouster

Trump-Fired DHS Official Who Debunked Falsehoods Reveals What Upset Him Most About Ouster

LatestBy|November 27, 2020 10:28 a.m.Chris Krebs, who led the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm and was fired by President Trump last week after publicly debunking the sitting president’s conspiracy theories challenging the legitimacy of the election process, that he was not “necessarily surprised” about getting the axe, during an interview set to air on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday.Krebs led the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency since 2018 and earned bipartisan praise from election officials for how his agency has helped them protect their election...

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Trump Says He'll 'Certainly' Depart WH As He Wages More Bogus Election Fraud Claims

Trump Says He'll 'Certainly' Depart WH As He Wages More Bogus Election Fraud Claims

LatestBy JILL COLVIN|November 27, 2020 9:17 a.m.WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.“Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump — taking...

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