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Fox News cut away from a Trump campaign press conference by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday after she baselessly accused Democrats of "welcoming fraud" and "welcoming illegal voting" in the 2020 election.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign is pursuing a likely doomed legal fight to contest the results of the 2020 election based on the president's unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud and mail-in ballots stole the election from him.

The big picture: Georgia's Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) told CNN on Monday that no "credible incidents" of systemic fraud or voter disenfranchisement had been reported to his office by the state's attorney general or secretary of state. A number of the Trump campaign's lawsuits have already been thrown out of court in several states.

What they're saying: "There is only one party in America trying to keep observers out of the count room. And that party, my friends, is the Democrat Party," McEnany claimed.

  • "You take these positions because you are welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting."
  • Fox News' Neil Cavuto interrupted the broadcast and said: "Whoa, whoa, whoa ... Unless she has more details to back that up, I can't in good countenance continue showing this."

He added: "I want to make sure that maybe they do have something back that up. But that's an explosive charge to make, that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that, we will take you back."

  • "So far, she started saying right at the outset, welcoming fraud, welcoming illegal voting. Not so fast."

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Updated Jan 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Dominion files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani

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Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday seeking $1.3 billion in damages for his "demonstrably false” allegations about the company's voting machines.

Why it matters: Giuliani led former President Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election and spread the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: The Weather Prediction Center said in a storm summary Monday that winter storm warnings are still in effect for portions of the Central Appalachians, Ohio Valley, interior Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, while portions of the Central Appalachians and coastal New England are under high wind warnings.