A federal judge on Saturday issued a damning order rejecting the Trump campaign's futile efforts to block voting rights certification in Pennsylvania and downing allegations of widespread postal ballot irregularities.
The case has always come a long way to halt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, but President Donald Trump's best hope has been to sway the election results in court, largely because of the number of votes (20) cast in Pennsylvania are at stake. His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, entered a courtroom for the first time in decades to discuss the case last week.
U.S. District Court judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters.
"One might expect a plaintiff to find such a startling result armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption," wrote Brann so much that the court would have no choice but to stop certification, though this would affect so many people.
"That didn't happen."
The Trump campaign responded with a statement that the Obama-appointed judge was blown up while promising to fight to the Supreme Court.
"Today's decision helps us with our strategy of getting to the US Supreme Court quickly," Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis wrote in their statement.
Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that show Democrat Joe Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealt another blow to President Donald Trump's campaign in an effort to invalidate the election
U.S. Middle District Justice Matthew Brann (left) mocked the legal claims brought by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani (right). Brann was appointed to the bank by then President Barack Obama in 2012
The motion to dismiss the case was prejudiced, meaning the Trump campaign cannot be resubmitted
"This moves to the Supreme Court": Trump campaign beats up Obama-appointed judge who drafted the Pennsylvania court ruling
The two top Trump campaign lawyers – Rudy Giuliani (left) and Jenna Ellis (right) – released a statement Saturday blowing up the Pennsylvania federal judge and promising to take their fight to the Supreme Court
Two attorneys, Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who led the Trump campaign's legal effort to challenge the election results, released a statement in response to the ruling that they intend to appeal to the country's highest court.
"Today's decision helps us with our strategy of getting to the US Supreme Court quickly," the statement said.
"While we disagree with this point of view, we are grateful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this expected decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out of time."
The statement went on to say: “We will be taking an expedited appeal to the Third Circuit.
"There is so much evidence that the Pennsylvania Democrats missed our opportunity to produce 50 witnesses and other evidence that election officials blatantly ignored the Pennsylvania law denying independent scrutiny."
As a result, 682,777 ballots were cast illegally, hilariously, or inadvertently.
“This is just an extension of the Big Tech, Big Media, and Corrupt Democrat censorship of damn facts the American public needs to know.
“We are disappointed that at least we did not have the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing. Unfortunately, the censorship continues.
“We hope that the Third Circle will be as kind as Judge Brann if they decide on our appeal one way or another as soon as possible.
"This is another case that appears to be moving quickly to the United States Supreme Court."
"While we disagree with this opinion at all, we are grateful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than just trying to run out of time."
Meanwhile, Trump responded to the loss of the court by asking state lawmakers to appoint a Trump-friendly electoral roll that would oppose the referendum and give the president another term.
Trump tweeted, & # 39; Why is Joe Biden forming a cabinet so quickly when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to "flip" at least four states, which is more than enough to win the election?
Hopefully the courts and / or lawmakers have the COURAGE to do what must be done to uphold the integrity of our elections and the United States of America itself.
"The world is watching !!!"
The president on Saturday also defended a lawsuit from an extremely pro-Trump legislature, House Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.
Kelly cites a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania on Saturday contesting the use of postal ballot papers, predominantly Democratic, to help Biden win the state's presidential race and block the confirmation of election results.
The lawsuit was filed in the Commonwealth Court just two days before the deadline for confirming the results of the Pennsylvania presidential election and marks the latest attempt by Republicans, including Trump, to overturn Biden's Pennsylvania victory.
Plaintiffs allege that GOP-controlled legislation never followed due constitutional procedures to extend exemptions from in-person voting to establish a system of universal mail-in voting, and are calling on the court to remove non-absent mail- To strike out in-ballot.
Trump allies are not done with efforts to reverse Biden's victory in Pennsylvania. House Representative Mike Kelly (pictured) heads a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania on Saturday against the use of postal ballot papers, mostly by Democrats, to help Biden win the state's presidential race and block certification of election results
Trump responded to a tweet from Democratic attorney Marc Elias who labeled Kelly's trial as "frivolous".
The president tweeted, “This is not at all frivolous. It is brought on behalf of one of the most distinguished members of the United States Congress, like so many others, disgusted with an election that is a fraudulent mess.
"Fake ballots, dead people, no Republican election observers allowed, and more!"
Trump also hit back on MP Liz Cheney, who urged the president to accept the election results.
"Sorry Liz, I cannot accept the results of an election with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast, enough to easily turn the election around," the president tweeted.
Brann compared the legal claims made by Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani to "Frankenstein's monster" and said some of the campaign's arguments were "unfounded".
In his decision, Brann said the Trump campaign presented "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations … without evidence".
Brann was appointed to the Bundesbank in 2012 by then President Barack Obama. During his nomination process, he told the US Senate that he was a lifelong Republican and a member of the conservative federalist society.
"In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of any single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populous state," the statement said.
The president on Saturday also defended a lawsuit from an extremely pro-Trump legislature, House Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania
Trump also hit back on MP Liz Cheney, who urged the president to accept the election results. "Sorry Liz, I cannot accept the results of an election with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast, enough to easily turn the election around," the president tweeted
Trump continued to make unsubstantiated allegations that "dead people vote" and "election observers are not allowed to" watch.
Meanwhile, Trump responded to the loss of the court by asking state lawmakers to appoint a Trump-friendly electoral roll that would oppose the referendum and give the president another term
"Hopefully the courts and / or lawmakers have the COURAGE to do what needs to be done to uphold the integrity of our elections and the United States of America itself," the president tweeted on Saturday
"Our people, laws and institutions demand more."
The announcement came when Trump tweeted: "The media is as corrupt as the elections themselves".
Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to informing voters of technical issues with their postal ballot papers submitted before the election.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties sued by the campaign had argued that Trump had previously made similar claims and lost.
They told Brann the means the Trump campaign was looking for to cast millions of votes on supposedly isolated issues was way too extreme, especially after most of them had been counted.
"There is no justification at any level for the radical disenfranchisement they are seeking," wrote Boockvar's lawyers in a letter filed Thursday.
In his ruling, he said the Trump campaign's claims that the guarantee of equal protection had been violated were "like Frankenstein's monster … arbitrarily pieced together from two different theories to avoid the control of precedents."
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties sued by the campaign had argued that Trump had previously made similar claims and lost
"I will never stop fighting for #VotingRights and the security and integrity of our democracy," Boockvar tweeted in response to her court victory on Saturday
"In the United States of America this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of any single voter, let alone all of the electorate in its sixth most populous state."
Earlier this week, another member of the Trump campaign legal team, Jenna Ellis, cursed “media idiots” for “laughing at“ Giuliani, ”but he already seems to have a good relationship with the judge who is currently referring to Martini gives bars for Team Trump in court. & # 39;
"I will never stop fighting for #VotingRights and the security and integrity of our democracy," Boockvar tweeted in response to her court victory on Saturday.
She then quoted the judge, who said in his ruling: "In the United States of America this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of any single voter, let alone all of the electorate in its sixth most populous state."
Trump continued making allegations of electoral fraud on Saturday morning when he claimed that "a great deal of electoral fraud information" had been discovered in Georgia
"A lot of information on Georgia election fraud," Trump claimed on Twitter
The announcement that his Pennsylvania trial was dismissed came when Trump tweeted, "The media is as corrupt as the elections themselves."
The 20 votes in Pennsylvania alone would not have been enough to give Trump a second term. The districts have to certify their results to Boockvar by Monday. After that, she will provide her own certificate.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will tell voters of the winning candidate to vote in the Capitol on December 14th.
Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after Brann's decision, saying, "Another bites the dust."
The Pennsylvania ruling prompted one of the state's US senators, Republican Pat Toomey, to ask the president to allow the election and ease Biden's transition.
& # 39; In today's decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime Conservative Republican who I know is a fair and unbiased lawyer, to dismiss the Trump campaign lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal avenues to to question the outcome of the presidential race in Pennsylvania. & # 39; said the senator in a statement.
"I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory," said Toomey.
“You are both dedicated officials and I will pray for you and for our country.
Unsurprisingly, I have significant political disagreements with the president-elect.
“As I have done throughout my career, I will strive to work with him and his administration across the aisle, especially in areas where we can agree, such as: B. Continuing our efforts to fight COVID-19 and dismantling barriers to expansion trade, support the men and women of our armed forces and keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. & # 39;
Despite the legal setback, the president appears to be moving forward at full speed.
The Pennsylvania ruling prompted one of the state's US senators, Republican Pat Toomey, to ask the president to allow the election and ease Biden's transition
Trump hit Toomey on Twitter, saying he was "not a friend of mine" after Republican Senator praised Judge Brann
Trump's legal team said Saturday that his campaign requested a recount of votes in the Georgia President's race after the results showed Biden won the state.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday confirmed the state's election results, in which Biden beat Trump with 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes cast, or 0.25 percent.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp then confirmed the list of the state's 16 presidential elections.
The statement from Trump's legal team said: "Today the Trump campaign filed a motion for a recount in Georgia.
& # 39; We're focused on making sure all aspects of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legislative vote is counted.
"President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which must include signature matching and other important safeguards."
"Without a signature match, this recount would be a deception and would allow illegal votes to be counted again," the statement added.
'If there is no signature match, it would be just as wrong as the initial vote count and recount.
"Let's stop giving people wrong results. There has to be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots.
Jenna Ellis (right) was mocked earlier this week for a tweet boasting that Giuliani (left) had established a relationship with the judge
She accused "media idiots" of "laughing at Giuliani," but he already seems to have built a good relationship with the judge who is currently making martini bar recommendations for Team Trump in court.
When pollster Frank Luntz described her Twitter feed as a "parody account", she replied, "MicroPenis Syndrome. Sorry."
Despite the legal setback, the president appears to be moving forward at full speed. Ellis released a statement Saturday noting that the Trump campaign requested a recount of the votes in the Georgia presidential race after the results showed Biden won the state
"Hopefully it will come soon."
Under Georgian law, a candidate can request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 percent.
The recount would be done with scanners that read and tabulate the votes.
The district election workers have already counted all the votes in the presidential race by hand.
However, this resulted from a compulsory examination and is not regarded as an official recount under the law.
Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said he would certify Joe Biden won the state's presidential election
State law requires a race to be checked by hand to make sure the machines have accurately counted the ballots, and Raffensperger selected the president's race.
Because of the tight margin in this race, a full hand count of ballots would be required to complete the audit, he said.
Trump has criticized the exam, calling it a "joke" in a tweet claiming, without evidence, "Thousands of fraudulent voices were found".
Twitter marked the post as controversial.
Votes that had not previously been counted were found in multiple counties during the audit, requiring re-certification of election results in those counties prior to state confirmation of the results.
The previous Saturday, Trump continued to make allegations of electoral inadequacy when he claimed that "a lot of information about electoral fraud" had been discovered in Georgia.
& # 39; Great information on electoral fraud related to Georgia. Hold on! & # 39; Trump tweeted.
But Raffensperger was of a different opinion.
“I believe the numbers we presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people, ”said Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger about the result on Friday.
"I've worked as an engineer my whole life and live by the motto that numbers don't lie," Raffensperger said during a press conference at the State Capitol.
Raffensperger, a self-described "passionate conservative", has endured criticism and insults from fellow Republicans – from the president to the leader of the Republican Party – about his conduct of the elections.
He confirmed her feelings on Friday.
“Like other Republicans, I am disappointed that our candidate did not win Georgia's vote. Narrow elections sow distrust. People feel that their side has been betrayed, ”he said.
But Raffensperger, as he had repeatedly done, defended the integrity of the process and the results.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist, speaks to Trump supporters on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta for the third consecutive year on Friday during a "Stop the Steal" rally on Friday
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the Georgia State Capitol against the election results
The Georgia election workers are handling the ballots as part of this week's recount
Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to promote Georgia.
The Georgia result was announced when Trump returned to the White House briefing room on Friday to claim he "won" the election.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also refused to say when Trump will allow Joe Biden to vote, citing "ongoing litigation".
When Trump continued to refuse to admit, his supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta for the third year in a row on Friday to host a "Stop the Steal" rally in which InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones participated.
Twitter announces that it will hand over control of the US President's official account to Joe Biden on January 20th
Twitter will give Joe Biden control of the US President's official account on January 20, regardless of whether Donald Trump has left the White House.
President Donald Trump has not yet granted the White House to President-elect Joe Biden, but the POTUS Twitter account will still be handed over to Biden, according to Twitter.
"Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of the institutional Twitter accounts of the White House on January 20, 2021," Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio told Politico.
Trump has tweeted 10,900 times since taking over the POTUS account in January 2017, but all of his posts are archived and an account with zero tweets will be forwarded to Biden on January 20.
Twitter said there was no need to share information between outgoing and incoming presidential teams.
But there will probably be little difference to Trump, who has more than twice as many followers on his personal account @realDonaldTrump.
It came after the Georgia County Electoral Board voted to fire its chief clerk Thursday after 2,600 untold ballots were discovered just before the district originally confirmed the results.
Floyd County's board of directors met for about an hour Thursday in a special session that ended with a vote to fire Floyd County's polling officer Robert Brady.
During a nationwide audit earlier this week, election officials found the 2,600 ballot papers that were not counted in the earlier totals.
Election officials found they did not upload a memory card with electronic counts of those votes on election day, according to the Athens Banner Herald.
As a result of the discovery, election officials had to re-scan more than 8,000 ballot papers to ensure there were no further disagreements.
Of the 2,600 ballots discovered in Republican Floyd County, most voted for Trump.
The new ballot papers reduced Biden's lead over Trump by around 800 votes – still not enough to overcome the Democrat's advantage.
Democrats and Republicans agreed that Brady should have been fired and that the countless ballots were due more to human error than a deliberate attempt to sabotage a free and fair election.
Also earlier this week, three attorneys filed an ethics complaint against Senator Lindsey Graham accusing the South Carolina Republican of pressuring a Georgia electoral officer to legally cast absentee votes in the president's race.
In a complaint filed Wednesday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Claire Finkelstein, Richard Painter and Walter Shaub called on the committee to investigate whether Senator Graham has proposed that Secretary Raffensperger disenfranchise Georgia voters by calling for the office of Präsidenten rechtmäßig abgegebenen Stimmen nicht zählt.
Sie fordern auch "Klarheit darüber, ob Senator Graham jemandem mit einer Untersuchung der georgischen Abstimmungsergebnisse durch den Senat gedroht und Schritte unternommen hat, um eine solche Untersuchung einzuleiten".
In der Beschwerde wird auch darum gebeten, dass Graham, Vorsitzender des Justizausschusses des Senats, "von Ermittlungen oder anderen Senatsangelegenheiten im Zusammenhang mit mutmaßlichen Unregelmäßigkeiten bei den Wahlen 2020 ausgeschlossen wird", während eine Untersuchung seiner Kommentare läuft.
Die Beschwerde stammt aus Kommentaren von Raffensperger, der diese Woche sagte, Graham habe ihn gefragt, ob er befugt sei, bestimmte Briefwahlzettel abzulehnen. Diese Frage interpretierte Raffensperger als Vorschlag, legal abgegebene Stimmen abzugeben.
Raffensperger sagte der Washington Post, er sei einem zunehmenden Druck von Republikanern ausgesetzt, die sehen wollen, dass der knappe Vorsprung des Demokraten Joe Biden im Staat umgekehrt wird.
Graham-Sprecher Kevin Bishop nannte die Anwälte "langjährige Vokalkritiker" von Graham und Trump und fügte hinzu: "Ihre Beschwerde sollte in diesem Licht gesehen werden."
Drei Anwälte haben eine Ethikbeschwerde gegen Senator Lindsey Graham eingereicht und ihn beschuldigt, einen Wahlbeamten in Georgia unter Druck gesetzt zu haben, legal abgegebene Briefwahlstimmen abzugeben
Von den 2.600 entdeckten Stimmzetteln im republikanischen Floyd County entschieden sich die meisten für Trump (rechts). Die neuen Stimmzettel reduzierten Bidens (links) Vorsprung vor Trump um rund 800 Stimmen – immer noch nicht genug, um den Vorteil des Demokraten zu überwinden
Als Graham nach dem Gespräch mit Raffensperger gefragt wurde, sagte er am Montag, er habe "versucht herauszufinden, wie das Signaturmaterial funktioniert" und Raffensperger "hat mir gut erklärt, wie sie Signaturen verifizieren".
Auf die Frage nach Raffenspergers Interpretation, dass er vorschlage, legal abgegebene Stimmzettel wegzuwerfen, sagte Graham: "Das ist lächerlich."
The Georgia result gave Biden 306 votes, a sum that Trump called a "landslide" when the states gave him that number in 2016.
Biden also won victory in key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona, crossing the 270-vote threshold to give way to the presidency.
Doch am Samstagmorgen behauptete Trump weiterhin den Sieg und dieser Betrug würde in Michigan aufgedeckt.
"Massive election fraud is shown!" He wrote alongside a statement about his meeting with the Michigan legislature.
& # 39; This is true, but much different from what the media reported. We will show massive and unprecedented scams! & # 39;
Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mike Shirkey, und der Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses, Lee Chatfield, gaben die gemeinsame Erklärung ab, die Trump nach einem Flug nach Washington geteilt hatte, um sich mit dem Präsidenten zu treffen. One day, Trump claimed he "won" the election despite trailing Biden by 6 million votes.
President Trump also tweeted allegations of election fraud in Michigan on Saturday morning
However, they said they will "obey the law".
Legislators said they saw nothing that would "change" the outcome of the race – although Trump's attorneys repeatedly claimed it was a "massive" fraud.
Her testimony also included language that fraud should be "taken seriously" and prosecuted if it is discovered.
"We have not yet received any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan elections. As lawmakers, we will obey the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's voters as we said during these elections." Shirkey and Chatfield said in the statement.
It came after protesters chased them upon their arrival in Washington. They say they were invited to the White House Wednesday night.
Trump's allegations of massive electoral fraud have been rejected by a number of judges and refuted by election officials and an arm of his own government's Department of Homeland Security.
Many of the lawsuits in his campaign were thrown out of court.
A coalition of state election officials and the Trump administration's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have declared the election was the safest in history.
Trump then dismissed the head of his agency, Chris Krebs.
Er behauptete auch weiterhin, er habe die Wahl "gewonnen", als er am Freitag zum ersten Mal seit der Wahl in den Besprechungsraum des Weißen Hauses zurückkehrte.
Präsident Donald Trump sah erschöpft aus, als er am 20. November 2020 im Brady Briefing Room am Freitag über die Senkung der Preise für verschreibungspflichtige Medikamente sprach
Der Präsident hat Pfizer und "Big Pharma" in die Luft gesprengt – obwohl er den Namen des Unternehmens falsch angegeben und ihn "FISA" genannt hat, was den dramatischen Durchbruch bei Impfstoffen nach der Wahl ankündigte.
Er beschuldigte die Pharmaunternehmen auch, bis nach der Wahl durchgehalten zu haben, ohne zu beweisen, warum dies der Fall war.
Also warteten sie und warteten und warteten und sie dachten, sie würden ein paar Tage nach der Wahl herauskommen. Und es hätte wahrscheinlich Auswirkungen gehabt. Wer weiß, wahrscheinlich hätte es das nicht getan «, sagte er.
'Sure the Democrats would have found the ballots someplace,' he theorized – alluding to his claims of a 'rigged' election.
Earlier Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say when Trump will concede the election while claiming that the current occupant of the Oval Office was denied an orderly transition by his predecessor.
McEnany ended her 15-minute briefing, her first in two months and in which she only took a few questions, with the false claim President Trump was not given an easy, early transition to power.
'I would note just as we talk about transfer of power in the election and its worth remembering, this president was never given an early transition of power. His presidency was never accepted,' she said.
Then-President Barack Obama hosted Trump in the Oval Office on November 10 – two days after the 2016 presidential election – to congratulate him on his win and let the transition process begin.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say when President Donald Trump will concede the election to Joe Biden during a press briefing on Friday
McEnany claimed on Friday that Trump was not given an orderly transition by the outgoing Obama administration. Then-President-elect Trump is seen left shaking hands with then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016
Hillary Clinton also conceded the election to Trump.
The White House press secretary held out hope that Trump could score legal victories in court that may give him a second term in office.
'There is ongoing litigation, what we know 74 million Americans have voted for this president and more votes than any president has gotten in history,' she said at her first press briefing since October 1.
'There are very real claims that the campaign are pursuing,' she said of the campaign's ongoing litigation in battleground states Biden won.
'We are taking it day by day and we will wait for that litigation as it plays out,' she noted.
The president is running out of time to overturn the results of the election to his favor.
In just a matter of days, Michigan and Pennsylvania will certify their results while his lawsuits are going no where.