A federal judge on Saturday dismissed the Trump campaign’s trial in Pennsylvania with the intent to invalidate millions of votes and issued a scathing statement that the state could go ahead with certifying its election results.
U.S. Central District Judge Matthew Brann ruled that the campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations,” which “were not supported by evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the deprivation of a single voter, let alone all the voters in the sixth most populous state. Our people, laws and institutions demand more,”
Attorney Josh Shapiro (D) of Pennsylvania celebrated the decision on Twitter.
“These claims were unprofitable from the start and for an audience audience. The will of the people will prevail. These baseless lawsuits must be completed,” he tweeted.
Another one Bites the dust. pic.twitter.com/a11MQOb4fG
– AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) November 21, 2020
Saturday’s decision is a major blow to the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn election results with the president-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden External groups flood Georgia with pre-run advertising purchases Biden receives @POTUS Twitter account on January 20, though Trump does not admit, the company says Trump is attending the virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus rise MORE leading Trump by more than 81,000 votes in Pennsylvania.
Following the judge’s decision, Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph Toomey Court of Appeals Decides NSA’s Mobile Data Collection Illegal Dunford Retracts from Consideration as Coronavirus Monitoring Panel Chairman GOP Senators Press for Rapid, Partial Reopening of the Economy (R-Pa.) Joined a growing number of GOP lawmakers who have recognized Biden as president-elect, saying Trump “has exhausted all likely legal options to challenge the outcome of the Pennsylvania presidential race.”
“This decision follows a number of procedural losses President TrumpDonald John Trump Ben Carson says he is ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘extremely ill’ with COVID-19 Biden receives @POTUS Twitter account on January 20, though Trump does not admit, says company Trump to attend virtual G-20 summit in the midst of coronavirus rise MORE‘s campaign. On Friday, Georgia State certified Joe Biden’s victory after a recount of paper ballots confirmed the completion of the initial electronic count. Michigan lawmakers rejected President Trump’s apparent attempt to thwart voters’ Michigan will and pick an illegal slate of electoral voters. This development, along with the results of the rest of the nation, confirms that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will be the 46th President of the United States, “Toomey said in a statement.
The Trump campaign filed its case in Pennsylvania earlier this month alleging irregularities in the voting process in counties across the state.
Specifically, the campaign claimed that ballot papers were treated differently depending on whether they were sent or delivered in person. They asked to stop the certification while the case played out.
The President’s Personal Attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for evidence of electoral fraud Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 Trump camp fundraises off Giuliani press conference MORE represented the Trump campaign in federal court this week, arguing that the Commonwealth should not certify its findings.
In a statement Saturday night, Giuliani claimed that the decision of Brann, a former President Obama, “turns out to help us in our strategy to get to the U.S. Supreme Court quickly.”
“While we completely disagree with this view, we are grateful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this expected decision quickly, rather than just trying to run around the clock,” Giuliani said in a joint statement with Trump campaign senior lawyers Jenna Ellis.
They said the campaign would seek “a quick appeal to the third circle” and claimed that Democrats thwarted their efforts to produce witnesses and other evidence that the campaign claims to have.
Trump’s lawyers said the case “appears to be moving quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The ruling comes two days after Giuliani joined other Trump campaign attorneys for an approximately 90-minute press conference at Republican National Committee headquarters, where Giuliani made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and described a broad effort to deny the presidential re-election.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), a vocal GOP critic of Trump, called the press conference a “train wreck” while Christopher Krebs, the top federal cybersecurity official fired by Trump last week, called the press “the most dangerous 1-hour 45-minute television in American history.”
The president also triggered setbacks this week after he personally reached out to Michigan officials as he and his lawyers intensified their campaign to move the election.
Several Republican lawmakers have come out and called on the Trump campaign to release evidence to back its election demands in the wake of the Giuliani press conference.
Pennsylvania has until Monday to certify its election results, and Gov. Tom WolfTom Wolf Memo: Experts fear harm from Trump’s election feedback Casey says he does not think about Pennsylvania government bid in 2022 Dueling demonstrations appear outside Pennsylvania polling station MORE (D) will notify voters that they must go to the polls on December 14th.
Updated: 9:15 p.m.