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A Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives introduced a bill Monday seeking a forensic election audit of the state’s largest counties.

The Texas Voter Confidence Act, filed by GOP Rep. Steve Toth, authorizes the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House — all of whom are currently Republicans — to select an independent third party to conduct the election audit. The review would focus on the votes cast in Texas’ 13 counties with a population over 415,000.

Former President Donald Trump carried Texas in the 2020 election, however, President Joe Biden won in areas including Houston, Austin and San Antonio — the biggest metropolitan areas in the state.

“We need a forensic audit to uncover all the voter fraud, Toth said Monday in a post on Woodlandsonline, a community web site. “Texans want to know more about the claims of voter fraud and deserve to have confidence in their elections…Voters want to know that their legal vote counts and matters.”

The move comes as the Texas House Democratic delegation fled the state en masse to Washington, D.C., to deny Republicans a quorum to enact voting restrictions. It also comes as GOP-led states have introduced or passed dozens of election-related bills following Trump’s repeated baseless claims that the election was stolen. In states such as Arizona, where Biden won the presidential race,

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Republicans are also conducting a costly and controversial audit of ballots in the state’s largest county.

The act introduced by Toth would take effect immediately if it received a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each chamber of the Texas Legislature. If it passed but did not achieve that margin, it would take effect on the 91st day after the last day of the legislative session.

Rep. Chris Turner, who chairs the Texas House Democratic Caucus, told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that the legislation appears to be based on “the lie that there’s widespread voter fraud and Donald Trump really won the election.” Turner said that the bill’s parameters also appear to include both Democratic and Republican strongholds in the states.

“I don’t know if these folks are aware of it, Trump actually did carry Texas,” Turner said. “So I’m not sure what they’re trying to find in their audit.”

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Democrats might subpoena Trump & Ivanka Before House Jan. 6 Committee

“If the facts themselves lead us to any individual, we will not hesitate to bring them before the committee”

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Former President Donald Trump could be called to testify before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told The Guardian he would issue subpoenas to some senior members of the previous administration and would pursue subpoenas in court if necessary.

“Nothing is off limits,” Thompson told The Guardian.

On the question of issuing a subpoena to Trump, Thompson told PBS on July 6 that “we have the subpoena authority.”

“If the facts themselves lead us to any individual, we will not hesitate to bring them before the committee,” he told PBS.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., created the committee to probe the events surrounding the Jan. 6 assault, in which demonstrators protesting the November election results stormed the Capitol.

The committee, put in place by Pelosi after the Senate failed to pass the Jan. 6 Commission, will hold its first hearing Tuesday. The speaker has allowed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to name just five Republicans on the 12-member committee, and she has the authority to veto selections.

Democrats appear determined to put Trump at the center of their investigation.

Thompson told The Guardian he was interested in speaking to anyone who talked with the then-president on Jan. 6. The chairman especially was interested in learning about a phone call between Trump and McCarthy while the Capitol attack was ongoing.

“There will not be a reluctance on the part of the committee to pursue it,” Thompson said of the call. “The committee will want to know if there is a record of what was said.”

Thompson said he was willing to seek depositions from other members of Congress who might have been involved in the Capitol assault.

“The issues of Jan. 6 are one of the most salient challenges we have as a nation, to make sure that this democracy does not fall prey to people who don’t really identify with democracy,” Thompson said.

Ivanka Trump, the former president’s oldest daughter, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows could be among people subpoenaed to appear.

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“If somebody spoke to the president on Jan. 6, I think it would be important for our committee to know what was said. I can’t imagine you talk about anything else to the president on Jan. 6,” Thompson told The Guardian.

Trump administration officials who refuse to appear before the committee, citing executive privilege, would face subpoenas and lawsuits, Thompson said.

The committee chairman said he expected the committee and senior House investigators to meet with Attorney General Merrick Garland, but insisted his investigation would not overlap with existing criminal probes opened by the justice department and the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

“We don’t want to get in the way of indictments,” Thompson told The Guardian. “But I think there could be some sharing of information that could be germane to our investigation, just like other committees have negotiated in the past.”

The committee has no deadline by which to submit a report, Thompson said, and warned against any Republican delay tactics.

“Notwithstanding elections next year, we will not stop until our investigation is complete,” Thompson said.

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Biden ridicule himself during Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ White House visit

“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with being the oldest guy to make it to the mountain top,” Biden told them.

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President Joe Biden alluded to his advancing years during a White House ceremony honoring Super Bowl LV champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Biden, 78, made the reference after introducing veteran quarterback Tom Brady, 43, and head coach Bruce Arians, 68, during the South Lawn event on Tuesday. The pair became the oldest quarterback and coach in history to win the Super Bowl when they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 31–9, in February.

“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with being the oldest guy to make it to the mountain top,” Biden told them.

In January, Biden became the oldest president to be inaugurated. Ronald Reagan left office at the age of 77 in 1989.

Biden also sneaked in a Delaware mention, singling out wide receiver Chris Godwin during his brief remarks.

Before gifting Biden with a commemorative “46” jersey, Brady joked about the “sleepy Tom” nickname he earned due to his slow start during the regular season and that roughly 40% of people “still don’t think we won.”

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“I understand that,” Biden quipped in response, referring to former President Donald Trump’s suite of election challenges.

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Trump lashes out at Fox News, other media after reporting ‘no fraud found in the 2020 Presidential election’

“Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election.”

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President Donald Trump angrily lashed out at Fox News on Friday evening.

Trump was reacting to an Associated Press investigation that discredited his conspiracy theories about massive fraud in Arizona,.

“Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year’s presidential election, further discrediting former President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen election as his allies continue a disputed ballot review in the state’s most populous county,” the AP reported Friday.

“An Associated Press investigation found 182 cases where problems were clear enough that officials referred them to investigators for further review. So far, only four cases have led to charges, including those identified in a separate state investigation. No one has been convicted. No person’s vote was counted twice,” the AP explained.

That investigation angered the former president, who emailed a statement to reporters as he has banned from major social media platforms for laying about the election.

“Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election. They spew the gross misinformation purposefully put out by the county and the Associated Press, and IGNORE the very important Arizona Senate’s hearing yesterday,” Trump said.

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“The same anchor at the desk the night Fox called Arizona for Joe Biden now wants you to believe there was no fraud. The anchor was Bret Baier,” Trump said.

Trump’s email came shortly after The Arizona Republic reported that the former president and former lawyer Rudy Giuliani are facing a criminal investigation for their efforts to overturn the election.

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