Trump’s try and overturn the election stumbles because the choose dismisses the Pennsylvania lawsuit
© Reuters. President-elect Joe Biden meets with Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware
By Andy Sullivan and Jan Wolfe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump was dealt another blow on Saturday as he desperately tried to overthrow the U.S. election when a federal judge dismissed a campaign suit that casts millions of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania should.
District Court judge Matthew Brann ruled that Trump’s campaign failed to show widespread election fraud in the November 3rd election, which Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
“This court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations,” Brann wrote.
Brann added that he “has no power to withdraw the right to vote from a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”
The lawsuit, led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, aimed to prevent officials from confirming Biden’s victory in the state, argued that some counties falsely allowed voters to correct mistakes in their postal ballot papers.
Giuliani, who appeared in the courtroom for the first time in 30 years on Tuesday, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Biden and Trump’s campaigns didn’t immediately respond to requests either.
Giuliani and other Trump attorneys put forward a number of conspiracy theories at a press conference Thursday when they claimed the election was marred by widespread election fraud.
But they have had little success in court.
According to Democratic election attorney Marc Elias, Trump and his allies have now won two election-related cases and lost 34.
Democrats said Saturday’s damning verdict was further evidence that these allegations were false.
“This is what a complete ass kick of the president’s legal efforts looks like,” wrote Elias, who was involved in the Pennsylvania case, on Twitter.
Giuliani has signaled in court records that he will appeal, but has little time to do so before the state formalized Biden’s victory on Monday.
“When it comes to litigation, I believe this is the end of the line for them,” said Benjamin Geffen of the Public Interest Law Center, who was also involved in the case.
Trump is trying to invalidate or change the election results through recounts and direct pressure on lawmakers in several states. He would have to prevail in at least three states to prevent Biden from being sworn in as president on January 20th – an unprecedented move.
In Michigan, Republicans wrote to state authorities on Saturday asking them to wait a fortnight to confirm Biden’s victory so that ballots could be examined in Wayne County, which includes the black-majority city of Detroit. The letter cited allegations of “irregularities” which were not substantiated. Biden won 154,000 more votes than Trump in Michigan.
These efforts face great opportunities. A spokesman for Michigan’s chief electoral authority said state law does not allow audits before confirming the vote, which is due to take place on Monday. Allegations of widespread fraud are unfounded, the spokesman said.
Two senior Michigan Republican lawmakers who came to Washington at Trump’s behest said after meeting on Friday that they had no information that would change the outcome of the state elections.
In Wisconsin, an official said poorly trained monitors for the Trump campaign slowed down a partial recount by challenging every ballot and raising other objections.
“Observers are disruptive. They ask question after question, telling the tabs to stop, stop what they are doing, and that’s wrong, that’s unacceptable,” George Christianson, a Milwaukee County clerk, told reporters.
A manual recount and review in Georgia on Friday confirmed Biden as the winner in the southern state, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in nearly three decades.
The Trump campaign has two business days to request a Georgia recount. Trump’s legal team have also announced plans to file a lawsuit in the state, but have not given any details.
Trump’s allegations have further inflamed his die-hard Republican base.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Statehouse in Atlanta on Saturday. The video posted online features speakers denouncing the media for naming Biden the election winner, as well as Republican heads of state who have confirmed the results.
Police in riot gear were used to separate them from counter-protesters who were gathering nearby.
The General Services Administration, led by a Trump appointee, has failed to acknowledge Biden’s victory and has prevented his team from gaining access to office space and funding that would normally be given to an in-depth administration before inauguration day on Jan. 20.
Critics say the delay and Trump’s refusal to admit has serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which killed nearly 255,000 Americans.
Biden, who denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, met with transition advisors on Saturday and attended church.
Trump attended a virtual summit of the world’s top 20 economies and then played golf at his club in Sterling, Virginia.