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<p>Kayleigh McEnany was appointed in April</p>

A lone ally of President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives has committed to contesting the Electoral College vote as reports indicate plans for a potential 2024 run could already be underway at the White House.

House Republican Mo Brooks would need a senator to join him in contesting the results of the Electoral College for any meaningful process to occur, and even still it’s unlikely the results of the 2020 election could be overturned at this point, with President-elect Joe Biden having clearly won a sizable victory over the incumbent president.

But news of the lawmaker’s adamant promise to aid the president in his attempts to overturn the election come as Mr Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani reportedly seeks a  pre-emptive pardon, according to The New York Times. Mr Trump has also reportedly discussed pardons for his children Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump - as well as Ms Trump’s husband Jared Kushner. 

Check out The Independent’s live updates and coverage below.

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Barr’s future in doubt after Giuliani and Trump campaign blast him for denying widespread election fraud

'I guess he's the next one to be fired,' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters.

'I guess he's the next one to be fired,' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters.

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Trump’s press secretary denies any discussion of pardons for president’s family

Donald Trump’s press secretary has denied there has been any discussion of pardons for the president’s family.

Donald Trump’s press secretary has denied there has been any discussion of pardons for the president’s family.

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany attacks Democrats, CNN’s Chris Cuomo while opening today’s press briefing

Rather than discussing the surge in COVID-19 infections nationwide or the president's continued failed attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany opens today's briefing by  attacking CNN's Chris Cuomo and Democratic officials seen not wearing face masks in public settings. 

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More: Doctor left stunned and ‘disappointed’ after Trump uses his image to falsely suggest Covid is a ‘scam’

Dr Jacob Keeperman says he was ‘completely caught off guard’ after his selfie became the subject of right-wing misinformation - and a tweet from the president

Dr Jacob Keeperman says he was ‘completely caught off guard’ after his selfie became the subject of right-wing misinformation - and a tweet from the president

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ICYMI: Justice Department investigating alleged presidential pardon bribery scheme

The bombshell came in a partially redacted court filing in Washington DC on Tuesday

The bombshell came in a partially redacted court filing in Washington DC on Tuesday

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Trump to host up to two Christmas parties a day with no mention of masks on invites

Officials say parties at the executive mansion limited to 50 people, despite warnings on Covid

Officials say parties at the executive mansion limited to 50 people, despite warnings on Covid

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Federal reserve to keep interest rates low until US economy no longer threatened by pandemic, chairman says

The Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates low as long as the US economy is slowed and further threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel.

“Our priority remains supporting the economy until we’re really well through this. We are going to keep our rates low, and keep our tools working until we feel we are very clearly past the danger that’s presented to the economy from the pandemic,” the central bank chief said on Wednesday.

“So we are not considering pulling back our support for the economy,” he added. “And we are not going to until we feel very confident that it’s no longer necessary.”

The Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates low as long as the US economy is slowed and further threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel.

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Breaking: Not enough stock to prevent more surges of cases over next six months, WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has warned there will not be enough vaccine stock to prevent more surges in coronavirus cases over the next three to six months.

Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies programme, made the stark warning during a social media event as he called on people to maintain social distancing to restrict the spread of Covid-19.

He said: “We are not going to have sufficient vaccinations in place to prevent a surge in cases for three to six months.”

The World Health Organisation has warned there will not be enough vaccine stock to prevent more surges in coronavirus cases over the next three to six months. 

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ICYMI: Dr Fauci urges Biden to ‘close the bars and keep the schools open’ amid alarming coronavirus spike

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, has issued an urgent warning to the incoming White House administration amid an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide: “Close the bars and keep the schools open.”

Speaking to ABC News on Sunday morning, the immunologist was asked how he would advise President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the coronavirus pandemic, and specifically how he would go about keeping schools open — something Dr Fauci has insisted should happen despite the rise in infections.

“We say it not being facetiously as a soundbite or anything: close the bars and keep the schools open,” he said. “You don’t have ‘one-size-fits-all,’ but as I said in the past … the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, to get them back to school.”

‘The default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school’

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Ending emergency Covid lending programs is ‘foolish and reckless’, Senior House Democrat tells Mnuchin

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters called Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to end several Federal Reserve lending programs amid the pandemic “foolish and reckless.”

But the Trump administration official contended he was just following the intent of a Covid-19 relief bill that the California Democrat and hundreds of other lawmakers passed earlier this year.

Read more here from our Washington Bureau Chief, John T. Bennett

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters called Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to end several Federal Reserve lending programs amid the pandemic “foolish and reckless.”

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