Trump campaign loses Pennsylvania suit to halt certification

Grant Boone
November 23, 2020

USA congressman Cedric Richmond, Biden's pick for a senior White House post, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Monday's expected certification of the Pennsylvania election results should prompt the Trump administration to begin co-operating with Biden's team.

A federal judge handed the Trump campaign a definitive loss on Saturday in its final attempt to delay the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, where President-elect Joe Biden leads by more than 81,000 votes.

Critics have said Mr. Trump's refusal to facilitate an orderly transition carries serious implications for national security and the fight against COVID-19.

In his scathing and lengthy opinion, Brann said the Trump campaign asked him to "disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters", and that he could not find any case in which a plaintiff "has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election".

The state's results show Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25 per cent.

It's the latest and perhaps highest-profile courtroom defeat for Trump since the US election Biden won by 6 million ballots.

Some counties notified voters that they could fix minor defects such as missing "secrecy envelopes" while others did not.

He added: "This claim, like Frankenstein's Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together".

Jeffrey A. Engel, the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, asked the post-doctoral fellows and undergraduates affiliated with the center to drop all that they were doing and search for any historical clues into what to do.

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Representative Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said that if Mr Trump's lawyers can not prove the claims of fraud, the president should be "respecting the sanctity of our electoral process".

Toomey, R-Pa, said in a statement he knows Judge Matthew W. Brann, a longtime conservative Republican, to be a "fair and unbiased jurist".

Counties must certify their results Monday for Kathy Boockvar, the Pennsylvania secretary of state. "It's just not within the norm at all, and there's a question as to whether it's even legal".

More than 30 of the Trump campaign's lawsuits have been withdrawn or thrown out.

In the Pennsylvania case, Brann also denied a campaign request to amend the suit to claim violations of the US Constitution.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, and Pennsylvania county officials argued GOP observers were present while all ballots were canvassed, and that the pre-election "cure" of some ballot deficiencies was allowed under state law.

President-elect Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Ronald Klain on Sunday launched a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, saying American voters have rejected his leadership and everything the Republican leader is doing now is bad for the democracy of the US. The judge said in his decision that while Pennsylvania law doesn't explicitly allow for election officials to let voters cure their ballot errors, it also doesn't forbid it, and the state's highest court declined to clarify the issue.

State's Republican Governor Brian Kemp formalized the state's slate of 16 presidential electors.

A judge rejected the Arizona Republican Party's bid to postpone the certification of election results in Maricopa County and dismissed a legal challenge that sought a new audit of a sampling of ballots.

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