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President Donald Trump spends his waning days in office depending on a lawyer who, like him, has advanced conspiracy theories, and on a former adviser who has supported martial law, entertaining increasingly desperate, last-ditch schemes to reverse the outcome of the presidential election.

His extraordinary attempts have so far failed as he tries to collect funds from his supporters, and on Monday, he faced pushback from the outgoing U.S. attorney general, Bill Barr. His senior advisors in the White House, who themselves were alarmed by the proposals discussed by the president, usually sought to modulate his views.

Trump has envisaged ordering the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seize state voting machines and met with his former national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, on Friday, who, according to sources familiar with the meeting, publicly prodded Trump to declare martial law and order the military to supervise new elections in the battleground states that Trump lost.
Asked by ABC News if the president had legal authority to order the seizure of voting machines, Barr did not elaborate on the legality at a news conference Monday, but said he did not see a justification for doing so at present.

“I see no basis now for seizing machines by the federal government, you know, a wholesale seizure of machines by the federal government,” Barr said.

Trump released a succinct denial over the weekend of speculation he was considering attempting to enforce martial law, tweeting “Martial law = Fake News.” early Sunday.
“could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election in each of those states.”could take on military capabilities and place them in those states and basically re-run an election in each of those states.
In the meantime, sources said, the president also considered attempting to name Sidney Powell, an election lawyer whom Trump had removed from his legal team, as a special counsel to look into the 2020 election, although the president could not, as would be usual, do so under the auspices of the Department of Justice.

Powell was one of Trump’s most vocal advisors in supporting the theory that his 2020 election defeat was simply a mirage, the product of a number of powers conspiring to snatch the election from him. Those arguments were dismissed by a series of scathing court decisions, as did experts on voting technology.
On Monday, Barr, who, as attorney general, has the power to appoint special counsel, denied the notion that one would have to look into the election or investigate claims made by Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, the president.

When asked about Hunter Biden, Barr said, “To the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally, currently within the department,” “And to this point, I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel, and I have no plan to do so before I leave.”

He said it was not appropriate, asking directly if he would support making Powell or anyone else a special counsel to investigate the election.
“If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one, but I haven’t,” said Barr. “And I’m not going to.”

In a tense Oval Office meeting Friday night, Powell joined Trump, Flynn and others, and she returned to the White House Sunday, although it was unknown with whom she had met or talked with, according to individuals familiar with the visits.

She was back at the White House for meetings on Monday as well. If she saw Trump was uncertain.

At the Friday conference, after Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had initially raised the idea earlier in the week, the assembled group pondered an executive order to seize and inspect voting machines across the nation, according to one source.

The White House refused to comment on Powell, Flynn or the schemes Trump is considering seeking to reverse the outcome of the election.

Meanwhile, after he and his supporters lost any legal effort they launched to overturn the outcome of last month’s election, which Biden won, Trump’s campaign on Sunday said it would ask the Supreme Court to reverse multiple Supreme Court decisions in Pennsylvania and essentially reverse the election results of that state, which Biden won.
In nine days, the president did not appear publicly, and behind closed doors, aides say, he stayed focused on the election—rather than governing the country through a historic pandemic, overseeing the implementation of two COVID-19 vaccinations, and ensuring a smooth transition to the administration of Biden.

Even after last week’s Electoral College rallied to vote, marking the latest move to make Biden’s win official, Trump continued to question the outcome.
To certify the election results, both houses of Congress will meet on Jan. 6, and Trump has been openly encouraging his congressional allies to mount challenges. At most, such steps could postpone by several hours the formal, final certification of Biden’s victory, as doing so would not obtain the approval of most of the two chambers—which would be sufficient to reverse the results.

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Matt Eberflus for their coaching vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator.

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The Chicago Bears will interview Matt Eberflus for their coaching vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator.

The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.

Matt Eberflus interviewed for the head coaching position Monday, the Bears announced.

Matt Eberflus

Age: 51

Title: Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator

Experience

Eberflus has been the Colts coordinator for four seasons. Before that, he spent six seasons coaching linebackers for the Dallas Cowboys after a two-year stint in the same role with the Cleveland Browns. Eberflus also has 17 years of college coaching experience on his resume at Toledo (1992-2000) and Missouri (2001-08).

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Eberflus finished third in 2018 in the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year voting. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio won the honor that season with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale finishing as the runner-up. This season, Eberflus oversaw a Colts defense that led the AFC in takeaways (33) while finishing in the top 10 in the league in points allowed (21.5 ppg). The Colts had three defenders named to the initial Pro Bowl rosters last month — lineman DeForest Buckner, linebacker Darius Leonard and cornerback Kenny Moore II.

The buzz

Players laud Eberflus for his communication skills and leadership style. He is known as a detail-oriented coach with a knack for connecting with players and fellow coaches. Eberflus has earned a reputation for being able to blend his strategic insight with the personnel he has to work with, loading his defense with only as much as players can handle.

What’s been said

”I would fully endorse and support anyone who ever called and asked me about Flus as a man, as a leader and as a coach. He is a worthy candidate. Obviously I don’t want to lose him. But I’m happy for him and support him.” — Colts coach Frank Reich, when Eberflus became a head coaching candidate last year

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Ed Dodds for their GM vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Indianapolis Colts assistant general manager.

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The Chicago Bears will interview Ed Dodds for their GM vacancy. Here’s what to know about the Indianapolis Colts assistant general manager.

The Chicago Bears have reached out to 15 general manager and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.

Ed Dodds interviewed for the general manager position Monday, the team announced.

Ed Dodds

Title: Indianapolis Colts assistant general manager

Age: 41

Experience

Dodds joined the Colts as vice president of player personnel, and they promoted him a year later to assistant general manager. Dodds worked for 10 seasons (2007-16) for the Seattle Seahawks, becoming a senior personnel executive in the final two years. He started in the pro personnel department in 2007 and moved to college scouting in the south and central part of the country, eventually becoming a cross-checker and then a national scout. Dodds broke into the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and spent four seasons with them. In college, Dodds was a student coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

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Dodds has a reputation for being a skilled and tireless scout. He was considered a valuable member of the Seahawks and helped build two Super Bowl rosters while working for GM John Schneider, who did not want to lose him to the Colts. As the right-hand man for GM Chris Ballard in Indianapolis, Dodds’ name has surfaced in January in recent years. The Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions interviewed him for their GM jobs last year. Dodds declined an interview with the Cleveland Browns two years ago.

The buzz

Dodds’ name has gained momentum in recent years, and it seems as if it’s only a matter of time before he lands an opportunity to become a GM.

What’s been said

“He’s unbelievable when it comes to communicating with coaches and seeing the fit of the player,” Ballard told The Athletic. “Being able to watch the tape and know, ‘That guy is going to fit.’ Ed’s a huge asset to us. He’s pretty good at his job.”

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Twins announce signing of seven international players

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Twins announce signing of seven international players

The Twins officially announced the signing of seven players from the Dominican Republic on Monday, two days after the international signing period opened.

The class of players is headed by outfielder Yasser Mercedes, who is the No. 17 prospect per MLB Pipeline. Per Pipeline, his deal is worth $1.7 million.

The Twins also signed infielders Yilber Herrera (No. 35, per Pipeline), Harold Grant and Juan Zapata to deals, as well as outfielders Anderson Nova and Jose Rodriguez, and right-handed pitcher Ledwin Taveras.

While the Twins have not announced it, they reportedly have reached a deal with Venezuelan shortstop Bryan Acuña, MLB Pipeline’s No. 39 prospect in the international class. Acuña is the younger brother of Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. Both his father and grandfather played Minor League Baseball and he has another brother who is an infielder in the Texas Rangers organization.

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