A lawyer who fights for Donald Trump in the US President’s attempt to reverse Joe Biden’s defeat said shortly after polling day that ‘no bombs’ would derail the Democrat’s victory and’ litigation will not work “.
Trump did not concede to Biden, despite the loss of Electoral College 306-232 and the 5.5 million vote delay in the popular vote. As the president seeks redress in the courts of several states, the lack of a concession is delaying transition work, with detrimental effects on national security and the fight against Covid-19.
Marc Scaringi, 51, of Harrisburg, was selected by the Trump campaign on Monday to replace lawyers who dropped the attempt to overturn the result in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by around 70,000 votes.
Scaringi has previously run for a Republican Senate nomination and volunteered for the Trump campaign. On election day he posted on twitter a photo of people watching the results in Washington DC, with the comment, “Biden’s people are ready for a coup if they lose.”
He also has his own conservative talk show on iHeartRadio. Issued on November 7, four days after Election Day and shortly after Pennsylvania put Biden on top, he said: “In my opinion, there really is no bomb about to drop that will derail a Biden presidency, including these lawsuits.
“I’ve been saying since Wednesday morning that Biden would win.”
He also said that while some of Trump’s legal challenges “have merit … ultimately, in my opinion, the litigation will not work.” It will not reverse this election.
On Saturday, November 14, Scaringi said it was “up to Trump’s lawyers to get good results in these lawsuits in an attempt to reverse the vote count.”
On Monday, he was held up in this effort. Jenna Ellis, legal counsel for Trump, said the decision to retain a local lawyer was “consistent with the day-to-day management of complex litigation.”
The judge in the Pennsylvania case, however, rejected Scaringi’s request to postpone a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, during which the state will seek to have the lawsuit dismissed.
The Washington Post, meanwhile, said a blog post on law firm Scaringi’s website titled “How President-elect Joe Biden’s Plan Could Affect Your Taxes” appeared to have been deleted.