Trump loses lawsuit seeking to block Pennsylvania victory for Biden

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President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

A Pennsylvania federal judge on Saturday rejected a legal effort by President Donald Trump’s campaign to block millions of votes in the state, the certification of which is expected to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.The judge’s scathing move is a fatal blow to Trump’s already extremely long attempt to invalidate enough ballots in multiple states to reverse former Democratic Vice President Biden’s victory in the national presidential election.

The Trump campaign and its allies have now lost or withdrawn more than 30 lawsuits that were part of that effort.

US District Judge Matthew Brann, in his written decision accepting a request to dismiss the Pennsylvania trial, said campaign lawyers, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, failed to submit ” convincing legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption ”. in their unprecedented attempt to invalidate millions of ballots.

“Instead, this Court has been presented with unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations, unsubstantiated in the operational complaint and unsupported by the evidence,” Brann fumed.

“In the United States of America, that cannot justify the denial of the right to vote of just one voter, let alone all the voters in its sixth most populous state. Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more.

At one point, the judge compared the trial’s claim that voters were denied equal protection in the way their ballots were counted to the “Frankstein monster” as it had been “assembled in chance ”from two separate theories in an effort to avoid ruling them out separately. because of a legal precedent.

Brann’s decision came four days after Republican President’s personal lawyer Giuliani, who fought in court for the first time in decades, claimed without evidence that Trump had been the victim of “fraud generalized national election ”.

Mark Aronchick, an attorney for some of the county election councils whose voting processes were called into question in the trial, accused Giuliani of talking about “some fantasy world”.

“It’s just shameful! Aronchick spoke about Giuliani’s arguments during the hearing.

Brann seemed to say the same in his decision.

“The plaintiffs ask this Court to deprive nearly seven million voters,” noted the judge.

“This Court has not been able to find a case in which a plaintiff has sought such drastic redress in the context of an election challenge, in terms of the volume of votes whose invalidation has been requested”, wrote Brann.

“One would expect that, in seeking such a surprising outcome, a complainant would be formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption, so that the Court would have no choice but to unfortunately grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.

“It didn’t happen,” Brann wrote.

Biden is currently expected to win 306 Electoral College votes, three dozen more than he needs to win the White House race.

Trump refused to concede the contest because he, Giuliani and other Trump surrogates falsely claim he won the election.

At stake in the trial decided on Saturday were Pennsylvani’s 20 electoral votes, which Biden is expected to receive after winning 50 percent of the popular vote, compared to Trump’s 48.8 percent. Biden has a margin of over 80,000 votes over Trump in the current vote count.

The court ruling came a day after Georgia certified its election results, which show a victory for Biden after a manual recount of the ballots.

It also came a day after the Republican Speaker of the Michigan State House and the GOP majority leader of the Michigan State Senate said Biden’s victory in their own state seemed legitimate.

The joint statement by President Lee Chatfield and Majority Leader Mike Shirkey came after their visit to the White House at Trump’s invitation, and where the president was expected to pressure them to take action on the Legislature to overturn the Michigan election result and approve a list. voters who would vote Trump in the Electoral College.

“We have not yet been made aware of any information that could affect the results of the Michigan election and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and go through the normal process regarding Michigan voters, as we have said. throughout this election, ”Michigan lawmakers said in a statement.

“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation,” the statement said.

“The candidates who win the most votes win Michigan’s election and electoral votes. These are simple truths that should give confidence in our elections. “

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