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Bill Nelson lawyer: Unopened ballots exceed Rick Scott victory margin

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s legal team says the number of uncounted vote-by-mail ballots exceeded incoming Sen. Rick Scott’s margin of victory when he defeated the incumbent in November. “Remember when we thought 6,670 mail ballots in Florida were rejected due to failure by the post office to deliver them in time to the counties?” said Nelson attorney Marc Elias on social media. “Well, we now know it was 6,882 ballots. Nelson lost by 10,033 votes.” But Jessica Furst Johnson, National Republican Senate Committee counsel, said Scott’s margin of victory remained insurmountable. Completely irresponsible to drag FL through a recount under those circumstances.” Nelson conceded the election on Nov. 18, 12 days after the election and after filing several lawsuits looking for more votes to be counted. Elias, who represented Democrats including former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and former Washington Gov. But a judge denied Nelson’s request to count ballots that arrived after Election Day but were postmarked before that time. But a number of election supervisors in the wake of three statewide recounts this year said mail channels have increasingly proven unreliable. Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, previously told Florida Politics the issue should be discussed as lawmakers revisit election reform this year. Ultimately, Scott’s narrow 10,033-vote margin of victory represented just 0.14 percent of the nearly 8.2 million votes cast and counted.

Manafort lawyer briefed Trump team on Mueller’s questions – report

Donald Trump’s lawyers have reportedly been briefed by an attorney for Paul Manafort about the former Trump campaign chairman’s discussions with special counsel Robert Mueller. The New York Times reported Tuesday night that Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Manafort had given Trump’s legal team a précis of questions asked by prosecutors. The report comes a day after prosecutors accused Manafort of breaching his plea agreement with Mueller. Manafort reached his plea agreement in September on charges brought in Washington DC related to unregistered lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. A jury in Virginia had previously found Manafort guilty on eight charges of fraud in August. Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say Read more Manafort had entered into a joint defense agreement with Trump prior to his guilty plea but the Times reported prosecutors were surprised about the continued cooperation between Manafort’s lawyers and Trump. In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump declined to discuss Manafort on the record. “Let me go off the record because I don’t want to get in the middle of the whole thing,” said Trump. “At some point, I’ll talk on the record about it. But I’d rather not.” He did continue his criticism of Mueller Tuesday night, tweeting: “The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace.”
Does the left have a double standard on due process?

Does the left have a double standard on due process?

Liberal talking heads urge a wait and see approach after Michael Avenatti is arrested on a domestic violence charge; reaction from former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Washington Times columnist Monica Crowley. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a…
Tucker asks: Did the media cover for Avenatti?

Tucker asks: Did the media cover for Avenatti?

NBC and Time withheld stories that would have been damaging to creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti; reaction from progressive radio host Chris Hahn. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well…

On Politics: Former F.B.I. Lawyer Says Rosenstein’s Proposal to Tape Trump Was No Joke

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. • James A. Baker, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former top lawyer, told congressional officials that he had taken seriously a suggestion by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to secretly tape conversations with President Trump, but that the idea was dismissed within days. Read the story. • The Justice Department said that a Chinese intelligence officer was arrested in Belgium and brought to the United States to face espionage charges, a first. Read the story. It could be a sign that the Mueller investigation is coming to a close. Read the story. Read the story. But a financial disaster may be coming, and just in time for a new governor.
Rep. Jayapal Says Brett Kavanaugh Was ‘Belligerent, Abusive, Defiant, Defensive’ | Hardball | MSNBC

Rep. Jayapal Says Brett Kavanaugh Was ‘Belligerent, Abusive, Defiant, Defensive’ | Hardball | MSNBC

Through a lawyer, Ford welcomed the news, saying "A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts" but she added that "no artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation." » Subscribe…

The Latest: Lawyers say Ford to tell her story next week

But they want to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance. The White House is casting doubt on the willingness of a college professor to speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee she would be willing to appear next week. ——— 2:50 p.m. Lawyers for the woman who's accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault decades ago when they were teenagers say they've accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request for her to tell her story. But attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say in a letter to the committee's Republican majority that they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing terms of Ford's appearance. ——— 12:10 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence calls Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials." Pence also says that he and President Donald Trump are confident that Republicans will handle that process "with the utmost respect for all concerned." ——— 11:10 a.m. Saturday at 2:30 p.m. That's the new and latest deadline in the high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee chairman, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has given Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance. Ford's accusations of Kavanaugh's behavior 35 years ago and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have captivated the nation as the appeals court judge's confirmation hangs in balance.

New St Louis prosecutor vows change in county still grieving from Michael Brown’s death

When Wesley Bell declared victory in the battle to become St Louis county prosecutor last month, it came just two days before the region came together once again to honor the life of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer, sparking months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The vote, decided by a large margin, was seen as an indictment of McCulloch, on whose watch the Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was cleared of all charges in Brown’s killing. Lawyer urged prosecutor after Ferguson shooting: 'Do the right thing' for police Read more “People with different politics came together, people were making phone calls around the clock, knocking on doors. It was an across-the-table effort,” says St Louis native Tef Poe, a rapper, organizer and Harvard fellow. McCulloch, even despite his infamy in the eyes of many, also had the advantage of looking like the majority of St Louis county and the majority of prosecutors nationwide. I was seeing a lot of people on the other side of law enforcement,” said Bell, who went to high school near Ferguson. That’s how wild the system is,” Poe said. “It’s a chance now for us to engage with power differently than in the past,” Poe said, “I don’t put my faith in candidates, I place all of my faith in the people. And in the people’s ability to push candidates to enact change.” “It’s hard, though, to get too excited for someone in the same party as McCulloch. “It’s certainly a victory for the organizers who worked so hard on his campaign,” he said.
Dershowitz: Mueller probe 'not a constitutional crisis'

Dershowitz: Mueller probe ‘not a constitutional crisis’

Are President Trump's critics grasping at straws over special counsel Robert Mueller's probe? Alan Dershowitz, author of 'The Case Against Impeaching Trump,' and Kendall Coffey, former U.S. attorney, join the debate. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news…
Trump’s Longtime Lawyer: His Language Is 'Typical' Of The Mob | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Trump’s Longtime Lawyer: His Language Is ‘Typical’ Of The Mob | The Beat With...

Trump’s longtime lawyer, Jay Goldberg, joins “The Beat” to discuss Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, which implicated President Trump. Goldberg tells Ari Melber that Trump’s language is “typical” of alleged mafiosos and responds to rapper 50 Cent’s analysis, that jail time…