Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit

Ruben Fields
November 22, 2020

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann ruled that Trump's campaign had failed to demonstrate there had been widespread voting fraud in the November 3 election, which Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

For many, there was widespread speculation the state's Republican leaders would discuss with the president intervening in the process of selecting electors.

Officials across the state had anticipated Trump's request and have been preparing equipment and staff to respond accordingly.

Mr Trump has also expressed interest in inviting legislators from Pennsylvania, another battleground won by Mr Biden, to the White House, a senior campaign official confirmed to the BBC's U.S. partner, CBS News.

Trump campaign announced on Saturday that it will seek "expedited appeal" following the dismissal of the lawsuit filed earlier in Pennsylvania that demanded to discard mail-in ballots in the state. "There is so much evidence that in Pennsylvania, Democrats eliminated our opportunity to present 50 witnesses and other evidence that election officials blatantly ignored Pennsylvania's law denying independent review".

"In the United States of America, this can not justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state", the judge said. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the organisation that intervened in the case, said the court verdict has dealt another blow to the president's attempts to undermine the Election 2020's decisive results in the commonwealth.

Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College votes that ultimately decide who takes the White House by 306 to 232.

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Brann ruled that the campaign is essentially asking the court "to disenfranchise nearly seven million voters", using "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations. unsupported by evidence".

Trump tweeted after the ruling that he couldn't understand why Biden was forming a Cabinet when the president's investigators had found "hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes", a baseless claim for which Trump has supplied no evidence.

A US District Court judge Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign trying to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania mail-in votes in a significant loss for the campaign.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania became the latest Republican lawmaker on Saturday night to recognize presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden as the victor of the election.

The lawsuit, spearheaded by Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sought to stop officials from certifying Biden's victory in the state, arguing that some counties wrongly allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots.

"Another judgement on behalf of the voters of Pennsylvania", said state Attorney General Josh Shapiro in a statement.

Counties must certify their results to Ms Boockvar by Monday, after which she will make her own certification.

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