Did Trump break the law?

Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY

The year 2020 may now be behind us, but we aren't done with the 2020 election just yet. You'll want to keep an eye on two really important political events this week:

  1. Two runoff elections in Georgia Tuesday will determine control of the Senate

  2. President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory will be certified by Congress on Wednesday

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Trump’s call to Georgia's Raffensperger spurs demand for investigation

House Democrats on Monday passed around the draft of a censure resolution against President Donald Trump after leaked audio from a phone call showed him pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to reverse his election loss to Biden. The resolution “censures and condemns” Trump over the explosive audio, a symbolic gesture to rebuke the president’s conduct that’s ultimately the equivalent to a slap on the wrist. With two weeks left in Trump’s presidency, there is not enough time to launch a new impeachment inquiry, but legal experts and Democratic lawmakers assert that Trump’s action was tantamount to criminal conduct that should open him to fresh legal scrutiny.

President Donald Trump on Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump on Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

This count of Electoral College votes is one to watch

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday vocalized his support for some Republicans’ efforts to keep Trump in the White House by overturning the Electoral College results during a special joint session of Congress that will cement Biden's election win. But Pence stopped short of saying he would do anything other than allow objections to the certified results to be heard. On Wednesday, Pence – in his constitutional role as president of the Senate – will preside over Congress’ acceptance of the Electoral College results, which have been certified by states. A faction of House Republicans, led by Mo Brooks, R-Ala., intends to object to electoral votes from some states. To succeed, the objections must be supported by a majority of both the House and the Senate, which will not happen.

From left, Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden celebrate Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Del.
From left, Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden celebrate Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Del.

What everyone’s talking about

British judge rejects US extradition request for WikiLeaks founder founder Assange

A British judge ruled Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States on espionage charges because he is a suicide risk. That ruling touches on press freedoms and the international reach of the U.S. justice system. Remember Assange? He was indicted by the Department of Justice on 18 counts of espionage and computer misuse connected to WikiLeaks' publishing of secret U.S. military documents provided to him by ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2019. Assange denied the charges and claimed the documents exposed war crimes and abuses by the U.S. military in Iraq. U.S. prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling.

Julian Assange, holds up a copy of today's Guardian newspaper during a press conference in London on July 26, 2010. Assange first rose to prominence after Wikileaks published thousands of leaked military files about the war in Afghanistan In all, some 92,000 documents dating back to 2004 were released by the New York Times, Britain's Guardian newspaper, and Germany's Der Spiegel newsweekly.
Julian Assange, holds up a copy of today's Guardian newspaper during a press conference in London on July 26, 2010. Assange first rose to prominence after Wikileaks published thousands of leaked military files about the war in Afghanistan In all, some 92,000 documents dating back to 2004 were released by the New York Times, Britain's Guardian newspaper, and Germany's Der Spiegel newsweekly.

Inflatable Christmas tree costume linked to 44 COVID-19 infections and one death

An air-powered, inflatable Christmas tree costume worn by a staffer at a California hospital could be linked to an outbreak that infected more than 40 people, killing one, hospital officials say. Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center said that the staffer wore the costume, which included a fan that could have helped spread infected droplets through the air, in the emergency department on Christmas. An employee working in the department that day died from COVID-19 complications, NBC Bay Area reported. California, which early in the pandemic successfully fended off the worst of the surge, has seen infections race out of control in recent weeks.

  • December smashed records for COVID-19 deaths: COVID-19 was disastrous in December when one American died from the coronavirus about every 35 seconds. The United States reported 6,360,221 new cases — beating November's record by 1.9 million.

  • Americans dreaming of 20 million vaccinations in December woke up to less than 5 million by month's end. But Dr. Anthony Fauci says he sees "some glimmer of hope" – with 1.5 million shots were administered in a recent 72-hour period.

An Israeli health care worker vaccinates a man against COVID-19 at Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv on Jan. 3, 2021.
An Israeli health care worker vaccinates a man against COVID-19 at Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv on Jan. 3, 2021.

Real quick

Tanya Roberts, Bond girl in 'A View To a Kill,' dies at 65

Tanya Roberts, who starred alongside Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film "A View To A Kill," as well as classic TV series "Charlie's Angels" and "That '70s Show," has died. She was 65. Her publicist told USA TODAY that Roberts died Sunday at Los Angeles' Cedar-Sinai Hospital after being hospitalized following a collapse. He did not disclose the cause of death but said Roberts did not die from a COVID-19 related illness.

Tanya Roberts, who starred in "A View to A Kill," is hospitalized. On Sunday, her representative announced she had died.
Tanya Roberts, who starred in "A View to A Kill," is hospitalized. On Sunday, her representative announced she had died.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump, Georgia runoffs, Electoral College, Julian Assange: Monday's news