north carolina to hold new congressional election after tampering claims as it happened

North Carolina to hold new congressional election after tampering claims – as it happened

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  • Roger Stone has been handed a stricter gag order by a federal judge. The long-time Donald Trump confidante was ruled to have defied an earlier order when he posted a photo of the judge, alongside crosshairs, on social media. Stone is charged with lying to Congress about his communications with Wikileaks, witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding.
  • North Carolina ordered a new Congressional election in the ongoing voter fraud case in the state. The election will be for the state’s ninth congressional district. After November’s mid-term elections the Republican Mark Harris held a slim lead, but North Carolina refused to certify the win due to irregularities. Harris’s campaign has been subject to a hearing amid fraud claims relating to absentee ballots.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he will not run for Senate in 2020. Pompeo had been widely linked with running – Senate leader Mitch McConnell reportedly approached the secretary – in his home state of Kansas, where he previously served as a US congressman. “It’s ruled out,” Pompeo said. “I’m here, I’m loving it.”

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