From former President Trump’s missing phone logs to still-unreleased public records from the Wisconsin Assembly’s election investigation, efforts to avoid accountability have gone hand in hand with today’s threats to democracy.
In one of our lawsuits for the release of public records from the Wisconsin Assembly’s partisan election investigation, a state judge has found Speaker Robin Vos and the Assembly to be in contempt for failing to comply with an earlier court order to turn over the documents.
The Washington Post and CBS News obtained documents showing a gap of more than seven and a half hours on White House phone logs from the late morning to early evening of Jan. 6, 2021, as his supporters were storming the U.S. Capitol.
Politico has an inside look at the preparations former Vice President Pence’s team made before Jan. 6, as Trump allies pressured him to thwart the certification. And the Post looked at Sen. Ted Cruz’s “last-ditch battle to keep Trump in power.”
In a new court filing in our still-ongoing fight for documents from the discredited “audit” of election results in Arizona’s Maricopa County, the firm Cyber Ninjas tried to walk back its earlier estimate of the number records in its possession. You can read more about those developments here.
A bill to require additional proof of citizenship to vote was signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this week. The new law would cancel the registration of voters who could not submit sufficient proof. Here are other headlines about election-undermining efforts and threats to voting rights in various states:
The FDA authorized a second round of booster shots of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for adults 50 and older, with Biden receiving his second booster this week. The president is continuing to press Congress for new pandemic funding, and the Senate is reportedly nearing an agreement that would approve $10 billion in Covid-19 aid, less than half of the White House’s original request for $22.5 billion.
The Biden administration is preparing to end the controversial Title 42 border restriction on May 23. The Trump-era order prevents migrants at the border from being able to apply for asylum under the guise of fighting the pandemic, but experts said the policy had little effect in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
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