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US election results LIVE: Biden vows to ‘heal America’ in emotional victory speech

KEY POINTS SO FAR

    • Donald Trump still maintains he has ‘won the election’
    • Joe Biden makes short speech in early hours of Saturday declaring ‘we will win’
    • Mr Biden is now projected as the winner after networks declared him the winner in Pennsylvania, putting him in he White House
    • Mr Biden has also overhauled Mr Trump in the state of Georgia
    • A National Security Airspace has been established over Mr Biden’s home in Delaware
    • A furious Mr Trump has alleged, without providing evidence, he is the victim of mass electoral fraud 
    • Mr Trump had four tweets flagged as midleading by Twitter in the space of one hour earlier

    Donald Trump continues to claim he is the winner of the US Presidential election, despite his opponent Joe Biden already being crowned the winner after he passed the necessary 270 electoral college votes to win the race. 

    Mr Biden currently leads incumbent Mr Trump by 4.1 million votes nationwide out of a record 147 million cast, and said Americans had given him a mandate to tackle the pandemic, the struggling economy, climate change and systemic racism.

    He added: “They made it clear they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart.”

    Mr Trump has remained defiant, alleging voter fraud without providing any evidence to back up his claims.

    Republicans are seeking to raise $60 million to fund lawsuits challenging the results.

    However, some in his camp described the legal effort as disorganised, and so far they have not been successful in the courts.

    Mr Trump’s former adviser John Bolton, who was Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser until they parted ways acrimoniously, yesterday told Express.co.uk: “This is Donald Trump we are talking about, he is not going to go graciously.”

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    Sunday, November 8

    2.08am update: Biden provides insight into his coronavirus action plan

    The president-elect said he would name “a group of leading scientists” on Monday as part of his coronavirus policy plans for next year.

    He said his coronavirus action plan would be “built on bedrock science”.

    2.00am update: Biden urges US citizens to heal political divisions, appeals to Trump voters

    Joe Biden has appealed to supporters of Donald Trump, saying he ‘understands the disappointment’ they may be feeling.

    He added: “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature.

    “To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies, they are Americans.”

    1.55am update: Joe Biden thanks African American community – ‘You always have my back, and I’ll have yours’

    Joe Biden thanks the African American community for having “stood up again for me” at times when his campaign “was at its lowest ever”.

    He added: “You always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”

    1.50am update: Joe Biden jogs onto stage in Delaware

    Rather than walking, Joe Biden picked up the pace and jogged part of the way to the stage for his victory speech in Delaware, following Kamala Harris’ introduction.

    He said: “Folks, the people of this nation have spoken. They delivered us a clear victory; a convincing victory.”

    1.45am update: Jill Biden will be ‘an incredible First Lady,’ Kamala Harris says

    Kamala Harris speaks out about Joe Biden’s family, saying his wife Jill Biden will make an “incredible” First Lady of the United States.

    “It’s his love for Hunter, and Ashley, and his grandchildren and the entire Biden family. And while I first knew Joe as Vice-President, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend, who we remember here today.”

    Beau Biden was Joe Biden’s son who passed away at the age of 46 in 2015.

    1.35am update: Kamala Harris praises demonstrations and protests for ‘equality and justice’

    She said: “Thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard.

    “I know times have been challenging. Especially the last several months.

    “But we have also witness your courage, your resilience, and the generosity of your spirit.

    “For four years, you marched and organised for equality, and justice, for our lives, and for our planet. And then, you voted.”

    1.30am update: Kamala Harris takes to stage to cheering supporters

    Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris has taken to the stage in Delaware, met with cheering supporters and beeping car horns.

    She said: “Democracy in America is not guaranteed; it is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.”

    1.20am update: Crowds appear tightly-packed as Biden supporters await victory speech

    Supporters of Joe Biden – many waving US flags and glow sticks – appear closely crowded together despite the coronavirus pandemic as they wait for him to appear on stage in Delaware. Many are wearing face masks, however.

    The drive-in event has seen people exit their cars to mingle around the, with some choosing to sit atop SUVs or in the back of pick-up trucks.

    1.13am update: Joe Biden arrived at speech venue five minutes ago

    Joe Biden’s vehicle entourage arrived at the Chase Center in Delaware – the location of his victory speech – about five minutes ago.

    1.08am update: While we wait – Biden found out projected win ‘from grandchildren’

    US President-elect Joe Biden discovered he was projected to win the race to the White House, having won more than 270 electoral votes, from his grandchildren, CNN claims.

    1.05am update: Biden yet to take to the stage

    Joe Biden has not yet taken to the stage to issue his victory speech.

    A live stream can be viewed here.

    12.45am update: Joe Biden victory speech imminent at 1am UK time

    President-elect Joe Biden is due to make a victory speech in around 15 minutes at 1am UK time.

    12.25am update: National leaders continue to congratulate Joe Biden on election win

    Leaders from around the world are continuing to issue statements congratulating Joe Biden on his presidential election win. 

    Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, president of Somalia, said the country looks forward “to close cooperation and partnership”.

    Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, called Mr Biden’s election a “victory of good over evil”.

    Brazil’s right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro, a known supporter of Donald Trump, did not immediately comment.

    The UK’s Boris Johnson offered his own congratulations earlier today, calling the US Britain’s “most important ally”.

    11.50pm update: Georgia county admits “reporting issue” from Friday, begins rescanning efforts

    Officials from Fulton County in the crucial election state of Georgia have said they have uncovered what they called a “reporting issue” from yesterday.

    They said they would start to “rescan their work from Friday” in a statement. It is unclear what they mean by “work”, or exactly what the issue was.

    However, they added extra investigators had been sent to “oversee the process to make sure to thoroughly secure the vote and protect all legal votes”.

    They added people from both the Republican and Democrat parties would be in attendance to oversee the process.

    11.35pm update: Heavily-armed Trump supporter on street quizzed – ‘My fears are that they’re gonna destroy this nation’

    A Donald Trump supporter seen carrying a what appeared to be a rifle amongst a crowd in Georgia was asked why he has taken to the streets “heavily armed” following Joe Biden’s election win.

    Speaking to Sky News’ Alex Crawford, he replied: “For security.”

    The man, who also appeared to be wearing a stab or bullet-proof vest, added: “You didn’t see them all day today, heavily armed? My fears are that they’re gonna destroy this nation.” 

    Before they were hurried away by a security guard, another added it was his “constitutional right” to carry a firearm.

    11.25pm update: Joe Biden to reveal coronavirus taskforce team on Monday

    Joe Biden is due to declare who will be on his COVID-19 taskforce team on Monday, CNN has claimed.

    It will likely come well ahead of his cabinet nomination decisions, however.

    The coronavirus team will reportedly be lead by General Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon, David Kessler, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University.

    Edward Browne takes over live reporting

    10.30pm update: Donald Trump has insisted he ‘won’ the election, in his first Tweet since the result was announced

    Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time since Biden was announced the official winner of the US election.

    He said: “THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!”

    Twitter added a disclaimed to the Tweet, which read: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

    He added in a second Tweet: “71,000,000 Legal Votes. The most EVER for a sitting President!”

    10.10pm update: When will Donald Trump leave the White House?

    Inauguration Day will be held in the US on January 20, 2021.

    On Inauguration Day President-Elect Joe Biden will be sworn in and take office as the incumbent President.

    Mr Biden will be President for a four-year term, and his running mate Kamala Harris will be Vice President.

    This date will officially mark the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the start of Joe Biden’s.

    Mr Trump will be expected to attend Mr Biden’s inauguration ceremony in Washington.

    9.40pm update: Joe Biden won more votes than any other presidential candidate in US history

    Joe Biden won more votes votes than any other presidential candidate in US history, approaching 75 million.

    His gains in cities and suburbs helped to flip key states.

    8.55pm update: Chuck Schumer urges Trump to ‘go home’ and stop ‘playing games’

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rips Trump: “Trump so blemished our democracy, so tried to destroy our democracy, but as the election showed, the American people never lost faith. And now, Trump, go home.”

    He added: “Donald Trump, you lost. No more games. Go home. Go home to Florida. Stop delaying. Stop making up lies about the election. It was fair. You lost. And America now must forget you and move on.”

    8.36pm update: Theresa May congratulates Joe Biden – and makes subtle jab at Boris 

    Former British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken to Twitter to congratulate the President-elect.

    She wrote: “Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Your election marks a new chapter in the history of your country and in the special partnership between our two nations. The UK & US will always work together to defend our shared values.”

    Mrs May accompanied the Tweet with a photo of her alongside Mr Biden, which has been interpreted as a sly dig at Boris Johnson, because he has never met the American politician. 

    7.50pm update: Trump pictured for first time since election results announced

    Donald Trump has been pictured leaving a golf course in Virgina, after Joe Biden was announced the winner of the election.

    The President was pictures smiling as he was drive out of the course.

    7.38pm update: Nicola Sturgeon responds to election results

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris following the US Presidential election. 

    The First Minister said: “I warmly congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their success. Theirs is a historic victory that will be welcomed by progressives across the globe. Women and people of colour in particular will feel inspired by the historic nature of Vice President-elect Harris’ achievement. 

    “I welcome the commitment that was so evident in the Biden/Harris campaign to leadership and multilateral cooperation on the many challenges faced by countries across the world, from COVID-19 to climate change.

    “Scotland and America share deep and longstanding bonds of friendship, and I look forward to these being renewed and strengthened in the years ahead.”

    7.22pm update: Dominic Raab’s congratulatory Tweet to Joe Biden has been criticised

    The Foreign Secretary congratulated Joe Biden on his win in the US election earlier today.

    But Mr Raab has been criticised for the tone of his message, as he made a reference to the “processes (which) are still playing out”

    Labour political Lisa Nandy said: “Casting doubt on the democratic process in the USA is wrong, dangerous and exactly the politics we need to leave behind.

    “Not the UK Government’s finest hour. This will not serve Britain well.”

    Emily Ferguson has taken over live reporting from Ciaran McGrath

    6.56pm update: CNN’s Van Jones breaks down in tears live on air as Joe Biden confirmed as US president

    CNN’S Van Jones was overcome with emotion after hearing the result of the US Election 2020 with Democratic candidate Joe Biden snatching victory from Donald Trump.

    As it was revealed Joe Biden had won the presidency campaign this afternoon, CNN’S Mr Van Jones broke down on tears as the result came in.

    He spoke about how today is a “good day” for America as he now feels the country can “reset” and many US citizens can now “get some peace”.

    Choking back tears, Mr Jones began: “It’s easier to be a parent this morning, it’s easier to be a dad.”

    6.28pm update: Barack Obama “proud” of Obama

    Barack Obama has said he “could not be prouder” to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, saying they will have won “a historic and decisive victory” once all votes are counted.

    Mr Obama – who had Mr Biden at his side during his eight years in the White House – said: “We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way.

    “Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.

    “I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote.”

    6.22pm update: Iran celebrates Donald Trump’s defeat in US Presidential election – ‘The coward has left!’

    Iranians have celebrated after Donald Trump’s US election defeat amid growing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

    Tensions between the US and Iran have reached boiling point after the outgoing President Donald Trump pulled out of the Tehran nuclear deal. But Iranians have celebrated Mr Trump’s election defeat.

    Hesameddin Ashena, an advisor to Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, tweeted Iranians “stood their ground bravely until that coward left” shorting after Joe Biden’s win.

    Under the Trump administration Washington was seeking an extension of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo against Tehran.

    6.10pm update: Boris Johnson congratulates Biden

    Boris Johnson has added his congratulations to those of opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer.

    Mr Johnson’s statement read: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.

    “The US is our most important ally and I looked forward to working closely on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

    5.51pm update: Canada’s Prime Minister tweets congratulations

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US Presidential election, saying he looked forward to tackling “the world’s greatest challenges” with the new administration.

    In a statement, Trudeau said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world”.

    Trudeau made no mention of current US President Donald Trump, with whom he had an often troubled relationship.

    5.39pm update: Crowds celebrate in cities across America

    Large crowds have been gathering in the US capital of Washington and elsewhere after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the US Presidential election.

    Mr Trump, meanwhile, is believed to be playing golf in Virginia, according to CNN.

    5.33pm update: “Let’s get started”

    Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris tweeted: “This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me.

    “It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it.

    “We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”

    5.27pm update: Hillary Clinton hails Biden and Harris

    Hillary Clinton, beaten by Donald Trump four years ago, has said Mr Biden’s victory was a “repudiation” of the current President.

    Ms Clinton tweeted: “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president.

    “It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.

    “Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”

    5.17pm update: Biden changes Twitter account

    Joe Biden’s Twitter account now describes him as President-Elect.

    5.10pm update: Trump refuses to accept defeat

    There was little indication Mr Trump himself was ready to accept defeat in a statement issued in the wake of Joe Biden’s installation as President-Elect.

    Mr Trump said: “The simple fact is this election is far from over.

    “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”

    5pm update: “I will keep the faith that you have placed in me”

    Joe Biden has spoken for the first time since his confirmation as the next President of the United States.

    Mr Biden tweeted: “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

    “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

    “I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”

    4.58pm update: Starmer congratulates Biden

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden after his victory in the US Presidential election.

    Mr Starmer tweeted: Congratulations [email protected] on his election as President of the United States of America.

    “He ran a campaign on the values that we in the United Kingdom share – decency, integrity, compassion and strength.”

    4.50pm update: Kamala Harris makes history

    The confirmation of Joe Biden as President-elect means running mate Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first woman of colour to be elected Vice-President of the United States.

    4.35pm update: Biden wins

    CNN and other networks have declared that Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania after the latest batch of votes, putting him in the White House.

    4.23pm update: Biden increases lead in Pennsylvania

    Joe Biden has increased his lead in Pennsylvania to just over 30,000.

    4.07pm update: Trump cuts Biden’s lead in Arizona

    Donald Trump has cut Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona to 20,572 votes after the release of the latest batch of results.

    Mr Trump has consistently whittled away Mr Biden’s advantage in the state, in a reverse of the situation in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada.

    3.47pm update: Nigel Farage unleashes blistering on-air rant against Joe Biden – ‘He is anti-Britain!’

    Nige Farage raged at a future Joe Biden presidency in a furious on-air rant as he warned the Democrat was “strongly anti-Brexit and even anti-Britain”.

    Nigel Farage, whom Donald Trump recently referred to as the “king of Europe”, condemned Joe Biden as “strongly anti-Brexit and I would even argue he’s anti-Britain”.

    The Brexiteer told talkRADIO that Joe Biden would take the side of the EU in the crunch Brexit transition, which ends on December 31.

    Mr Farage said the UK would again “be at the back of the queue for a trade deal,” referencing Barack Obama’s claim in 2016.

    He claimed: “If Biden wins, look, he is strongly anti-Brexit. “I would even argue he’s anti-Britain.”

    3.34pm update: Seven Trump associates now have coronavirus, reports ABC

    Seven Donald Trump associates have now been diagnosed with coronavirus, John Santucci, ABC’s senior editorial producer, has said, following the diagnosis of Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

    Mr Santucci tweeted: “It’s now 7. @ABCNews has learned a 5th White House staffer positive.

    “That’s 5 WH + Meadows + 1 campaign = 7 in Trump orbit.”

    3.15pm update: US election – British politicians scramble to cement ties with Democrat Joe Biden

    British politicians on both sides of the aisle are rushing to cement relationships with Joe Biden, who is inching closer to the White House as American voters hold their breath.

    The Democratic former vice-president looks set to win the election as he makes gains in key states yet to declare results. However, despite his gains, pundits are warning the election is not over yet – and Donald Trump could still retain his position.

    Boris Johnson has insisted he will work “very, very closely” with whoever wins Tuesday’s historic election.

    And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been making plans for months to forge strong ties with Mr Biden, if he enters the Oval Office in January.

    Mr Johnson told Sky News: “The prime minister of the United Kingdom is always going to work very, very closely with whoever is the president of the United States.”

    2.11pm update: All eyes on Pennsylvania

    With Joe Biden currently leading in Pennsylvania by just under 29,000 votes, speculation is rising that the next batch of results could be sufficient for CNN to call the state in his favour – and hence the Presidency.

    However, there is still no clarity as to what time today the results will be released.

    1.55pm update: EU’s Brexit blow – Boris told ‘don’t worry’ – Biden’s team give HUGE trade deal boost

    Conservative MPs have had private reassurances from the government that Joe Biden’s expected victory in the Presidential race will not prevent a US trade deal.

    With Mr Biden closing in on victory but allegations from Donald Trump about voter fraud, UK ministers have avoided commenting on the election and instead waited to see what the final outcome is.

    However, international trade secretary Liz Truss has made it clear that she believes a UK/US trade deal will happen whatever the result.

    Concerns had been raised that Mr Biden and the Democrats might block a trade deal because of the Irish American lobby in the party.

    But MPs have told the Sunday Express that they have been told “not to worry”.

    One said: “We have been briefed that the concerns over Mr Biden and the Democrats are inflated and that talks with them have been ongoing throughout the process as well as the Trump administration.”

    1.28pm update: ‘World knows Trump won!’ Plane with MAGA banner seen flying over Everton Man Utd match

    A giant banner bear the message “World knows Trump won #MAGA” has been flown over Goodison Park prior to Everton’s match with Manchester United, as the US President’s Democrat opponent Joe Biden closes in on the White House.

    Mr Trump is currently trailing in the Electoral College and the popular vote, and with Mr Biden holding leads in four US states, could be declared the winner by major television networks and media outlets later today if he clinches Pennsylvania.

    However, Mr Trump has indicated he will not accept defeat, and has alleged voter fraud – without providing evidence.

    There is no indication as of yet as to who has paid for the banner.

    1.25pm update: Morgan mocks “ridiculous” election delay

    Piers Morgan has weighed in on the length of time it is taking the US to confirm the election result.

    The GMB host tweeted: “America has the technology to nuke the entire planet in 10 seconds but has so far taken +4 days to count its election votes. Ridiculous.”

    12.36pm update: Boris Johnson urged to pick up the phone as Joe Biden WON’T block US-UK trade deal

    Boris should pick up the phone and speak to Joe Biden at the first possible opportunity if his impending US Presidential victory is confirmed, Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton has said.

    And Mr Bolton stressed he believed Mr Biden would be open to the idea of a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, irrespective of his recent comments about the Good Friday Agreement – while stressing Mr Trump himself had never fully engaged with the subject.

    Mr Bolton worked for Mr Trump from April 2018 to September 2019 before the two parted ways acrimoniously, with the former adviser chronicling his time in the White House in his recently published book The Room Where It Happened.

    With the Democrat candidate apparently on the cusp of the White House, Mr Bolton told Express.co.uk: “I think Boris Johnson should make it a priority to talk to Biden as soon as the situation is clarified and I think a free trade deal ought to be at the top of the agenda.”

    11.52am update: Romney issues warning to “reckless” Trump

    Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has warned US President Donald Trump he is “recklessly inflaming dangerous passions” with his claims about vote-rigging.

    Mr Romney, now Senator for Utah, said: “The President is within his rights to request recounts, to call for investigation of alleged voting irregularities where evidence exists, and the exhaust legal remedies – doing these things is consistent within our voting process.

    “He is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen – doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”

    11.30am update: Boris must take stock of Biden’s victory – the UK cannot be left behind, warns MP

    Boris Johnson has been warned the UK must take stock of Joe Biden’s impending presidential election victory – as the US is certain to re-engage with the international community and the UK cannot afford to be left behind, Tory MP Tobias Ellwood has said.

    Mr Biden is closing in on the White House, holding leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, and could be confirmed as the winner by the end of the weekend.

    If he is, Mr Ellwood, who is the chairman of the Defence Select Committee, said it was imperative the UK focused on developing its international profile rather than fixating on Brexit.

    Mr Ellwood warned: “Biden’s support for alliances extends to the EU, so failure to secure a deal with Brussels will not help our cause.”

    11.08am update: US Election 2020: What happens after the votes are counted? Timeline

    The 2020 election is drawing to a much-anticipated close after days of bitter fighting over vote counts in a number of key swing states. What happens after the votes are counted?

    Donald Trump’s reelection chances are fading fast, with his opponent Joe Biden looking set to take the White House after days of vote counting. The 2020 election is expected to have smashed voter turnout records amid one of the most bitter presidential races in history.

    There is a strict timetable which has to be followed to ensure a president is sworn in on January 20.

    Members of the Electoral College gather in their respective states on December 14 to vote for the president and vice president, with the decision ratified by a joint session of Congress on January 6.

    The inauguration of the new president takes place on January 20.

    10.18am: “Tell him it’s over”

    In a message to Mark Meadows in the wake of his COVID-19 diagnosis, former White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci pleaded with Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff to intervene with his old boss.

    Mr Scaramucci, who is now backing Joe Biden, tweeted: “MarkMeadows I am sorry you got Covid. When @DarrellIssa introduced us I said this is a good guy.

    “But then Trump did the Milgram Experiment on you;you have harmed yourself your family and your country. Stop. Help us convince the President it is over. Don’t sacrifice your life.”

    In 1961, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram arranged a series of experiments to test the obedience of subjects to an authority figure.

    It involved them pressing a button which they were told, falsely, would give somebody an electric shock – which many of them did.

    10.10am update: Trump facing a raft of criminal probes when he finally leaves office

    Donald Trump faces a mountain of criminal probes once he leaves the Oval Office and loses presidential immunity from prosecution.

    White House insiders have said the outgoing US leader’s outbursts that the election has been “stolen” from him are fuelled partly by his deep fears of going to prison.

    The Trump Organisation is already at the centre of an investigation into its financial dealings but Mr Trump, 74, also faces a tax case. Without some of the protections the presidency brings, as a private citizen Mr Trump will be open to possible fraud charges.

    Harry Sandick, a former Manhattan federal prosecutor, said: “In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him.”

    10am update: Biden “95 percent certain to win”

    Political betting website Smarkets rates Joe Biden’s chances of being the next President of the USA at just under 95 percent.

    Mr Biden’s odds sank as low as 27 percent at one point in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but the commanding position he is now in has prompted betters to pile in with big money.

    A total of £20,620,082 in wagers has been placed via the site.

    9.45am update: Donald Trump DISASTER: President’s chief-of-staff tests positive for coronavirus

    Donald Trump’s chief-of-staff has tested positive for coronavirus in a fresh blow for the embattled president.

    Mark Meadows’ diagnosis was confirmed to Bloomberg by two administration officials on Friday.

    Details about his exact condition are not known.

    The former congressman and staunch Trump ally was appointed as the president’s chief-of-staff on March 31.

    He has since played an important role in coordinating the White House’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    9.33am update: US election BOMBSHELL -Ivanka Trump could persuade her father to concede to Biden

    Donald Trump’s campaign team are struggling to find someone to persuade the President that he should accept the election result, sources close to the matter have claimed.

    The President has said he will not concede the presidential election to Joe Biden even if the latter is shown to have won after states reveal their ballot results, according to CNN.

    However, senior figures within the Trump camp are now debating who should attempt to push the President away from this line of thinking.

    It is thought Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka could be the one to talk the President down.

    9.18am update: Ex-ambassador ways Government must rebuild relationship with Europe

    Sir Nigel Sheinwald, a former ambassador to the US, said it is important that the UK Government begins to rebuild a relationship with its European partners to avoid America turning away and regarding Britain as “irrelevant”.

    He said: “The issue is Brexit, which Biden and his team think was a huge mistake by the UK, and they think there’s been a lot of bungling of the issue since.

    “So I think it’s down to the Government to do the one thing they can do before inauguration day and that is get the EU deal done and start to react seriously to our partners, that we’re out of the EU now, that debate is over for the time being anyway, and start to rebuild a real relationship with our European partners.”

    Sir Nigel said if the UK carries on “deluding ourselves that we can carry on on our own, or we can ignore our continent and our traditional partnerships, I think we’ll just find that the Americans turn away from the UK and regard us as more and more irrelevant”.

    9.04am update: Biden extends lead in key states

    Joe Biden has extended his lead in key states Pennsylvania and Georgia.

    In the Keystone State, Mr Biden currently leads Donald Trump by 28,838/

    In Georgia, he currently leads by 7,248.

    9am update: Massive turnout sees both candidates poll record figures

    Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump have attracted more votes than any other candidates to have sought the office of President of the United States.

    As of 9am, Mr Biden has 74,391,033 votes, while his Republican opponent has 70,206,299 with 92 percent of the votes counted.

    8.45am update: Trump will NEVER concede and will need to be talked out of White House, says ex-adviser

    Donald Trump will NEVER concede defeat to Joe Biden – and will need to be talked out of the White House by his relatives, his former National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned.

    With Mr Biden on the threshold of the White House having taken the lead in the US states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, Mr Trump is threatening multiple lawsuits, alleging voter fraud, without providing any evidence to back up his claims.

    Mr Bolton worked for Mr Trump from April 2018 to June 2019 before he, like many others, found himself at odds with the billionaire businessman, either being fired or resigning, depending on the competing claims of Mr Trump and himself.

    Mr Bolton said the incident was just par for the course for a man for whom the very concept of defeat is deeply repugnant.

    He added: “I think his family will tell him to get out.

    “I don’t think sitting there in the Oval Office refusing to leave is really on the table.”

    Source:

    www.express.co.uk

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