Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

Judge Dismisses Trump Campaign's Bid To Delay Vote Certification In Pennsylvania

US President Donald Trump looking down The ruling is another setback for President Donald Trump's attempt to invalidate the US presidential election
Cary Erickson | 23 November, 2020, 01:38

Brann - a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania - compared the campaign's legal arguments to "Frankenstein's Monster", concluding that Trump's team offered only "speculative accusations", not proof of rampant corruption.

Some of Mr. Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress are now breaking ranks though many, including the most senior ones, have not.

Saturday's order is the latest in a series of defeats in several key swing states where Trump's legal team has sought to either halt or delay the certification of election results as part of the president's longshot strategy to reverse the outcome.

Biden's choice as White House chief of staff, again urged that the Trump administration - specifically a federal agency called the General Services Administration (GSA) - formally recognize Biden's victory to unlock resources for the transition process.

The ruling deals President Donald Trump's campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has served as an adviser to Mr Trump, called his legal team a "national embarrassment".

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, another prominent Republican, said on CNN that Mr Trump was making the country look like a "banana republic".

"No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse" he said.

Trump's roadblocks have undermined core democratic principles such as the peaceful transfer of power and are especially problematic because Biden will take office in January amid the worst public health crisis in more than a century.

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Mr. Biden received 6 million more votes nationwide than Trump and, more importantly, prevailed 306-232 in the state-by-state Electoral College system that determines the election's victor.

States' certification of results of their popular votes is usually routine following a USA presidential election.

US President Donald Trump, who participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday, skipped a special side-conference focused on coronavirus pandemic and was later spotted at his golf course outside Washington.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties that the campaign sued had argued Trump had previously raised similar claims and lost.

MI is set to certify its results on Monday.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Mr Biden has so far moderated his criticism of Mr Trump's actions, though he has spoken of "incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions", adding: "It's hard to fathom how this man thinks".

Samantha Power, who was United Nations ambassador under Barack Obama, told CNN that Mr Trump's failure to allow a smooth transition was "reckless in the extreme", depriving Mr Biden of up-to-date briefings on issues as sensitive as troop levels in Afghanistan and any potential threats to U.S. targets overseas. "That's our goal", Klain said in response to a question.