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It’s a gloomy Monday on the East Coast but political news stops for no one – and no weather.
This week, eyes are on all things courts and justice:
It’s Mabinty, with the day’s top news.
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Is the 2020 election over? Yes and no
It’s true the 2020 presidential election is definitely over. Biden won the election fair and square, despite what conspiracy theorists are saying. But that doesn’t mean the effects of the election aren’t still being felt.
Last week, OnPolitics readers learned about the GOP’s Trump problem. It isn’t going away:
In an exclusive Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll Trump’s support is largely unshaken after his second impeachment trial in the Senate. By double digits, 46%-27%, those surveyed say they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one. The rest are undecided.
Distressing news from the poll: Trump voters aren’t ready to acknowledge Biden as president despite his margin of victory of 7 million votes nationwide. Nearly three in four, 73%, say Biden wasn’t legitimately elected.
- Trump faces legal challenges well beyond the Capitol riots: Here’s what to watch
SCOTUS isn’t changing the outcome of the 2020 election
The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a dispute over whether absentee ballots received up to three days after Election Day in Pennsylvania should have been counted in the 2020 presidential election.
The high court shut down a challenge from Pennsylvania Republicans who sought to block a state court ruling that allowed the deadline extension. Republicans argued the extension was improper because it was not approved by the state legislature.
Would this have changed the outcome? Nope. Even the dissenting justices acknowledged the legal questions in the case would not have affected the outcome of the November election.
But wait, SCOTUS isn’t done yet:
- The Supreme Court also declined Monday to hear an appeal from the adult movie actress Stormy Daniels who sued Trump for defamation. The decision leaves in place a lower court ruling against Daniels.
- SCOTUS refused to intercede in a long-running legal fight between Trump and the Manhattan district attorney, clearing the way for New York City prosecutors who are investigating Trump and his company to enforce a grand jury subpoena for his tax records.
- Lastly, the high court took up a series of cases challenging federal regulations created during Trump’s administration, including a hotly contested effort to cut funding to medical centers that refer patients for abortions and a rule designed to limit legal immigration.
Will Merrick Garland become our next attorney general?
Merrick Garland, the nominee to become attorney general, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Garland vowed to pursue equal justice for marginalized communities of color while leading a battle against extremism that broke into the open during last month’s deadly Capitol attack.
“The president nominates the attorney general to be the lawyer – not for any individual, but for the people of the United States,” Garland told the panel.
What else did he say? Garland told the panel he hasn’t discussed a pending federal investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden. He supports ‘any legislation’ to boost voting. Garland called the treatment of sex-trafficking suspect Jeffrey Epstein “horrendous.”
His eventual confirmation is expected.
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For anyone suffering from winter blues, spring is coming!!! —Mabinty