Judge tosses speculative Trump lawsuit challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney R-Wyo

For many, there was widespread speculation the state's Republican leaders would discuss with the president intervening in the process of selecting electors.

"Michigan's certification process should be a deliberate process free from threat and intimidation", they added.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is seeking to remove any ballots with mismatching signatures or those with incorrect voter information.

Trump's efforts, which critics call an unprecedented push by a sitting president to subvert the will of voters, has so far met with little success in the courtroom or on the ground.

State law requires that one race be audited by hand to ensure that the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Raffensperger selected the presidential race.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, turned down the request for an injunction by President Donald Trump's campaign, spoiling the incumbent's hopes of somehow overturning the results of the presidential contest.

U.S. 2020 presidential election saw historical turn-out, partly due to an unprecedented amount of mail-in balloting - vote practice that the Democrats touted as a safer way to vote amid the coronavirus pandemic raging in the country, and vehemently opposed by Trump and his fellow Republicans as potentially leading to election fraud.

"The campaign can try to appeal this to the Third Circuit and even to the Supreme Court, but this is such a dog of a case I cannot see any chance of success there, even before the most sympathetic judges", he wrote.

What's more, numerous states Trump's legal team is targeting - Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada - have Democratic governors who are not going to sit idly by while all of this takes place.


Some groups were countering with their own legal action.

The lawsuit, filed on November 9, alleged inconsistent treatment by county election officials of mail-in ballots. More than 78% of Detroit residents are Black, according to United States census data.

As NPR previously reported, Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, had argued that Republican observers were illegally denied access to ballot counting in Allegheny County and other Democratic-leaning areas and that the court should therefore invalidate almost 700,000 mail-in votes.

With the election still disputed, Biden is now crowdfunding money on the internet to fund his transition efforts.

US President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 21, 2020in Sterling, Virginia.

Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump's unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but several voiced doubts on Friday.

The case in Pennsylvania was argued Tuesday in court by Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The General Services Administration, run by a Trump appointee, has not recognised Mr Biden's victory, preventing his team from gaining access to government office space and funding normally provided to an incoming administration ahead of Inauguration Day on 20 January.

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