The latest blow to USA President Donald Trump is that his Election Case has been dismissed
Federal judge on Saturday dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that accused Pennsylvania officials of enabling voter fraud, opening the way for the state to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and dealing a blow to the president’s narrowing legal options.
Judge Brann, a former Pennsylvania Republican Party official and a member of the conservative Federalist Society, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, rejected this argument, likening it to Frankenstein’s monster, which, he noted, had been “haphazardly stitched together.”
He ruled that the Trump campaign, lacking standing to make the claim, could not prove that it had suffered any harm if some counties, anticipating a deluge of mail-in ballots, helped their voters to file proper ballots while others did not.
US President Donald Trump
A federal judge on Saturday dealt a blow to Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election, dismissing a lawsuit in Pennsylvania as shoddy, without evidence and contrary to the US constitution. The dismissal of the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, which had sought to block the certification of Joe Biden’s win in the battleground state, was the latest courtroom defeat for the president in his unprecedented effort to cling to office despite losing the election. The ruling prompted Pat Toomey, the GOP senator from Pennsylvania, to call on the president to concede in a Saturday evening statement. “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” said Mr Toomey, adding explicitly that Mr Biden had won the election, an admission most Republicans have refused to make. “President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process,” Mr Toomey added. The dismissal of the case was ordered by Judge Matthew Brann, a conservative appointed by Barack Obama in 2012 at Mr Toomey’s recommendation. Judge Brann wrote in an excoriating 37-page opinion that the Trump campaign had sought to disenfranchise almost seven million voters in Pennsylvania, but had presented only “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence”. “In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more,” he added.
Saturday’s ruling is a major blow to the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn election results, with President-elect Joe Biden leading Trump by more than 81,000 votes in Pennsylvania.
After the judge’s ruling, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) joined a growing number of GOP lawmakers who have recognized Biden as president-elect, saying Trump “has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”
“This ruling follows a series of procedural losses for President Trump’s campaign. On Friday, the state of Georgia certified the victory of Joe Biden after a hand recount of paper ballots confirmed the conclusion of the initial electronic count. Michigan lawmakers rejected the apparent attempt by President Trump to thwart the will of Michigan voters and select an illegitimate slate of electoral college electors. These developments, together with the outcomes in the rest of the nation, confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will become the 46th President of the United States,” Toomey said in a statement.
The Trump campaign filed its suit in Pennsylvania earlier this month, alleging irregularities in the voting process in counties across the state.
Specifically, the campaign claimed that ballots were treated differently depending on whether they were mailed or cast in person. They asked to halt certification while the case played out.
In a statement on Saturday evening, Giuliani asserted that the ruling from Brann, an appointee of former President Obama, “turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“Although we fully disagree with this opinion, we’re thankful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out the clock,” Giuliani said in a joint statement with Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis.
They said the campaign would seek “an expedited appeal to the Thi