President Donald Trump arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, aboard an Air Force.
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A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign seeking to block the certification of millions of voters in that state, confirming a victory for President-elect Joe Biden Is expected to be.
The judge’s scathing decision is a setback to Trump’s already extremely long-haul bid to invalidate enough ballots in enough states to rescind former Democratic vice-president Biden’s victory in the national Democratic election The result is determined by the Electoral College.
The Trump campaign and its allies have now lost or withdrawn over 30 lawsuits that were part of that effort.
US District Judge Matthew Bran said in his written decision that campaign counsel, led by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, presented “legal arguments and factual evidence of widespread corruption” in his unprecedented bid to invalidate millions of ballots. Failed .
“Instead, this Court is presented with stringent legal arguments without allegations of merit and speculation, unexamined in the operative complaint and unsupported by the evidence,” Bron said.
“In the United States, it cannot justify the disintegration of one voter, let alone all of its sixth most populous voters. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”
At one point, the judge compared the lawsuit’s claim that voters were similarly denied protection that their ballots were counted in “Frankenstein’s Monsters,” as it tried to avoid being dismissed separately Were “colliding together” by two different theories. Because of a legal precedent.
Bron’s ruling made the question wrong whether he would bother to have a clear hearing in the case.
The campaign claimed that voters in Pennsylvania were denied their constitutional right to equal protection under the law by the fact that some counties, but not all, in the state were allowed voters who voted in their ballots Matching the problems of “curing” ballots with casting a provisional vote.
Lawyers for the Trump campaign said they would seek an early appeal of Bran’s decision in the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He also said he believed his decision would “help us in our strategy” by the US Supreme Court to hear his claims.
Giulani and Jenna Ellis, the campaign’s senior legal advisers, said, “While we completely disagree with this opinion, we are grateful to the judge appointed by Obama, rather than trying to get the watch out.” a statement.
Brann was nominated for his seat in 2012 by President Barack Obama. But before that he was an Republican Party official in Keystone State, and was unanimously confirmed by Republicans and Democratic and Independent members of the US Senate.
His decision came four days after a Republican president’s personal lawyer Giuliani debated in a courtroom for the first time in decades, claiming without evidence that Trump was the victim of “widespread national voter fraud.”
Mark Eronik, for some lawyers on the county election board whose voting process was being questioned in the lawsuit, accused Giuliani of talking about “some fictional world”.
“It’s just outrageous!” During the hearing Erulik spoke of Giuliani’s arguments.
Brannan felt as much under his rule.
The judge said, “Plaintiffs ask this court to boycott about seven million voters.”
Bran wrote, “This court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such drastic measures in the event of contesting elections, invalidating the sheer volume of votes.”
“One might expect that when such a shocking result is sought, a plaintiff will formally come up with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of armed corruption, such as proposed to this court, regardless of its effect There will be no choice but to regret injury relief. On such a large group of citizens.
“It hasn’t happened,” Bron wrote.
Biden is currently projected to garner 306 votes at Electoral College, while he needs more than three dozen votes to win the White House race.
Trump refused to win the contest because he made false claims by Giuliani and other Trump to win the election.
At stake in the lawsuit, it was decided on Saturday that Tursilvani has 20 electoral votes, which he is set to receive after winning 50% of the popular vote, compared to 48.8% for Trump. Biden has a margin of over 80,000 votes compared to Trump in the current ballot count.
The court’s decision came a day after Georgia certified its election results, which show a win for Biden after a repeated recount of ballots.
The day after the Republican speaker of the Michigan State House and GOP majority leader of that state’s Senate also said that Biden’s victory in his state appears legitimate.
A joint statement from Speaker Lee Chatfield and Majority Leader Mike Shirke came after Trump visited the White House at the invitation, and the president was expected to pressurize the legislature to step up the outcome of Michigan’s election. , And approve a slate. Of electors who voted Trump in electoral college.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislator leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal procedure regarding Michigan voters, as we This election says “Michigan lawmakers said in a statement.
“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation,” the statement said.
“The candidates who win the most votes win the election and Michigan’s electoral vote. These are the simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections.”