Trump campaign paying $3M for partial Wis. recounts

Grant Boone
November 20, 2020

Giuliani on multiple occasions made allegations citing individuals he said couldn't be revealed for their own safety and wellbeing.

"The Wisconsin Elections Commission directed Wisconsin municipal clerks to illegally alter incomplete absentee ballots contrary to Wisconsin law", the campaign said in a statement.

Murphy is under mounting pressure from election watchdogs, Democrats, a growing number of Republicans, the American Medical Association and her predecessor to recognize Biden as the victor.

Georgia was expected Thursday to release results of a hand recount of votes reaffirming President-elect Joe Biden as the state's victor, as Donald Trump and his legal team reiterated their claims of widespread fraud.

"We don't have access to all the information that we need to get from all the various agencies", Biden said, adding that information from the states was helping his transition get around the Trump administration's roadblock.

The Associated Press is reporting that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who both agreed to go and meet.

He warned that the delay in declaring him the election victor could mean that "soon we're going to be behind by weeks or months being able to put together the whole initiative" to distribute coronavirus vaccines when they become available.

Arizona's top election official, Democrat Katie Hobbs, said she and her family had been getting violent threats and urged Trump to stop casting doubt on the result, in which he lost by just over 10,000 votes.

Attorneys at the larger, more established firms that had been representing Trump have expressed concern privately about pushing a legal strategy without a body of evidence, and worry that it's wrongly furthering a false narrative that the election was fraudulent, according to two people familiar with the litigation. He won the popular vote by more than 5.8 million.

Earlier in the day, the state Supreme Court said it would hear an appeal in a separate case challenging thousands of mail-in votes in Philadelphia.

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But even one of the MI lawmakers going to the White House, Mike Shirkey, said earlier this week that the legislature appointing electors was "not going to happen".

Trump, who has largely stayed in the White House and kept out of public view since the election, has no public events scheduled for Thursday.

Some discrepancies were found in Republican leaning counties, according to Gabriel Sterling, Georgia's voting system manager who helped monitor the so-called risk-level audit.

The president is holding out hope that a manual recount ordered by Georgia can erase Biden's lead there.

Meanwhile Trump's campaign Thursday withdrew a federal lawsuit in MI that was aimed at blocking final certification of the state's election results.

The recount is unlikely to affect the result. "And as we speak right now, you have the election board trying to change the way the recount laws work to make sure we're not able to count to those applications for absentee ballots".

Many other polls this cycle also tended to underrate support for Trump, raising expectations for a commanding Biden win coupled with a blue wave of Democratic wins down-ballot.

Mr Giuliani said the campaign was withdrawing its lawsuit in MI.

By Saturday, Nov. 21, all county boards of canvassers must convene for the recount.

"If presidents can get away with sabotaging their political adversaries' presidencies like this, then I'm really anxious about what that might do for our democracy in the future, especially if someone more competent than Trump is running the show", Myers said. He said it had achieved its aim of stopping the certification of the result in one key county. "Election officials worked extremely hard under unprecedented circumstances to ensure all votes were counted quickly and accurately, and the recount demanded and paid for by the Trump campaign will once again confirm Joe Biden's victory".

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