Trump Bid To Overturn Election Stumbles As Judge Tosses Pennsylvania Lawsuit

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The lawsuit was aimed at preventing officials from certifying Biden’s victory in the state. (FILE)

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Donald Trump faced yet another setback on Saturday in his desperate attempt to overturn the U.S. election as a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by his campaign that sought to reject millions of postal votes in Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann ruled that Trump’s campaign failed to demonstrate widespread voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election, which Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

“This Court has been presented with unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations,” Brann wrote.

Brann added that he “does not have the power to take away the right to vote from even one person, let alone millions of citizens.”

The trial, led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, aimed to prevent officials from certifying Biden’s victory in the state, arguing that some counties had wrongly allowed voters to correct errors on their ballots by mail.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I have said to anyone who will listen, these lawsuits are without merit,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Twitter after the ruling.

The lawsuit is one of dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his Republican allies following the election. They also seek to invalidate or alter the results through recounts and direct pressure on lawmakers in several states.

The campaign did not provide evidence for its allegations of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud.

In Michigan, Republicans on Saturday asked state officials to wait to certify Biden’s victory for 14 days to allow an audit of ballots in Wayne County, which includes the predominantly black city of Detroit. . The letter cited allegations of “irregularities” which were not substantiated. Biden won 154,000 more votes than Trump in Michigan.

This effort faces long chances. A spokesperson for Michigan’s top electoral authority said state law does not allow audits until the vote is certified, which is expected to take place on Monday. The allegations of widespread fraud were found to be baseless, the spokesperson said.

Two top Republican lawmakers from Michigan, who came to Washington at Trump’s request, said after meeting with him on Friday that they had no information that would change the state’s election result.

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In Wisconsin, an official said ill-trained observers for the Trump campaign were slowing a partial recount by challenging every ballot and raising other objections.

“The observers are disruptive. They ask question after question, telling tablet computers to stop, to stop what they are doing and it is irrelevant, it is not acceptable,” the county clerk said. Milwaukee, George Christianson.

A manual recount and an audit in Georgia confirmed on Friday that Biden was the winner in Southern State, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in nearly three decades.

The Trump campaign now has two working days to request a recount in Georgia. Trump’s legal team also said they were planning a trial in the state, but did not provide details.

Trump’s accusations continued to inflame his tough Republican base.

Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Statehouse in Atlanta on Saturday, with a video posted online showing speakers denouncing the media for calling Biden the winner of the election, as well as Republican state leaders for certifying the results.

Police officers in riot gear were deployed to separate them from counter-protesters who gathered nearby.

The General Service Administration, led by a person appointed by Trump, did not recognize Biden’s victory, barring his team from accessing government offices and funding normally provided to a new administration ahead of Day of the Day. inauguration on January 20.

Critics say Trump’s delay and refusal to concede has serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 255,000 Americans.

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