Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a lawsuit Trump filed in regards to the election.
A lawsuit that the Trump campaign filed to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results was dismissed by a federal judge on Saturday.
U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann granted a request from Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to dismiss the suit, which alleged that Republicans had been illegally disadvantaged because some counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots.
The judge’s decision, which he explained in a 37 page opinion, was a formal rebuke of the president’s sole attempt to challenge the statewide result in Pennsylvania.
Brann wrote that Trump’s campaign had used “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” in its effort to throw out millions of votes.
Brand wrote “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.”
The lawsuit’s dismissal brings an end to a tumultuous 12 day legal bid by the president to overturn the popular vote in one of the election’s hardest fought battlegrounds.
Trump’s campaign sued Boockvar and a group of counties won by Biden in Pennsylvania, alleging that they had violated the campaign’s constitutional rights by allowing voters to “cure” administrative errors on their mail ballots. The president’s campaign sued together with two voters from counties that Trump won, both of whom had their mail ballots rejected because of administrative errors.
Trump’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania also included formal allegations that Boockvar and Democratic leaning counties had violated the campaign’s rights by preventing Republican observers from watching votes being counted. Giuliani personally took charge of the case and appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Williamsport, Pa., in an attempt to justify it. Five other attorneys who represented the president withdrew from the case.
Trump’s attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in a statement with legal adviser Jenna Ellis said they would appeal the decision and expected the case to reach the Supreme Court. “We are disappointed we did not at least get the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing.”
Giuliani and Ellis described Brann as an “Obama appointed judge,” referring to his appointment to the federal bench by Trump’s Democratic predecessor in 2012. Note that Brann is a registered Republican and a former member of the conservative Federalist Society. Pat Toomey, who played an influential role in his appointment, said Brann was “a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist.”
Brann wrote that Trump’s attorneys had haphazardly stitched this allegation together “like Frankenstein’s Monster” in an attempt to avoid unfavorable legal precedent.
Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R.PA.) said in a statement after Brann’s decision that Trump had “exhausted all plausible legal options” in the state and acknowledged that Biden won the election. “I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris on their victory,”
Toomey urged Trump to concede and facilitate the transition to the Biden administration. Trump has refused to concede and falsely insists that he won the election.
State law requires Boockvar and Govenor Tom Wolf who are both Democrats to certify the election results and appoint the state’s presidential electors based on the popular vote. The leaders of the state’s Republican controlled legislature have said they will do nothing to interfere with that process, even though some Trump supporters have urged them to sabotage it.
On Saturday, a group of Republicans, led by Rep. Mike Kelly (R.PA.), filed a lawsuit in the state’s Commonwealth Court that seeks to block certification of the results on the grounds that the 2019 state legislation creating a universal vote by mail system was unconstitutional.