Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit

Mr Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and is seeking to invalidate or change the results through lawsuits and recounts in several battleground states Judge throws out Donald Trump's bid to stop Pennsylvania vote certification
Cecil Davis | 22 November, 2020, 08:13

Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, and facing pushback from fellow Republicans alarmed by his effort to overturn results, Trump invited MI lawmakers to the White House on Friday as part of a bid to subvert the will of voters in key states.

The campaign has not provided evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud.

The letter urged a full audit of votes in the county, citing allegations of "irregularities" that have not been substantiated.

Several battleground states are preparing to certify election results for the 2020 election.

"Michigan's certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation".

In a statement following the decision, the Trump campaign vowed to take their case to the Supreme Court.

"Massive voter fraud will be shown!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president has taken his effort to subvert the results of the 2020 election beyond the courtroom in recent days, straight to local lawmakers. Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in almost three decades.

What's more, numerous states Trump's legal team is targeting - Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada - have Democratic governors who are not going to sit idly by while all of this takes place. The General Services Administration (GSA) has held up transition-related funds, claiming it is not yet clear Biden won the election.

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The decision by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann on Saturday was just the latest disappointment for the Trump 2020 Campaign, which was struggling to overturn the results of the November 3 election.

Some groups were countering with their own legal action.

To ensure a fair election, officials will count ballots by hand in the state's most populous counties as part of a request by President Trump. More than 78% of Detroit residents are Black, according to USA census data.

Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani returned to court for the first time in decades to represent the Trump campaign Tuesday, showing his rustiness by tripping himself up over the meaning of "opacity", mistaking the judge for a federal judge in a separate district and provoking an opposing lawyer.

Biden, who has denounced Trump's attempt to reverse the election results as "totally irresponsible", was due to spend Saturday meeting with transition advisers.

US President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 21, 2020in Sterling, Virginia.

Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani during a press conference earlier this week.

The normal transition process has been derailed by Mr Trump's hold-out, with Mr Biden unable to get hold of office space, funding and staff to ease him into position, because a Trump appointee has not confirmed him as the election victor.