A federal appeals court on Friday denied a motion by President Donald Trump's campaign to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battlefield state of Pennsylvania. This was another major blow to Trump's attempt to dismiss the November 3 election results.
Trump's attorneys vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judge believing the campaign's claims have no value.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Injustice charges are grave. But calling a choice unfair doesn't make it that way. Fees require specific allegations and then proof. We don't have any here, ”wrote judge Stephanos Bibas for the three-person jury.
The three judges on the jury were all appointed by Republican presidents, and Bibas, a former University of Pennsylvania law professor, was appointed by Trump.
Pennsylvania confirmed Biden, who won the state's referendum, as its winner this week. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the state's referendum receives all 20 state votes.
Trump has refused to admit his Democratic rival and continues to claim widespread electoral fraud without evidence.
The case was debated in a lower court last week by Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, who, during five hours of oral argument, insisted that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. Giuliani was unable to provide any concrete evidence of this in court.
The three judges on the jury were all appointed by Republican presidents, and Bibas (pictured), a former University of Pennsylvania law professor, was appointed by Trump.
A federal appeals court on Friday denied a motion by President Donald Trump's campaign to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the victor of the battlefield state of Pennsylvania
US District Judge Matthew Brann said the campaign's flawed complaint was "arbitrarily stitched together like Frankenstein's monster" and that Giuliani has denied the right to change it a second time.
The 3rd US Court of Appeals called this decision justified.
Biden defeated Trump in Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes. At the national level, Biden and her fellow campaigner Kamala Harris received nearly 80 million votes, a record in the US presidential election.
Trump has said he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the race, as it did in 2000 when his decision to stop the Florida recount enabled the Republican George W. Bush election.
On November 5th, when the vote continued, Trump posted a tweet that read "USA". The Supreme Court should decide! & # 39;
Since then, Trump and his deputies have attacked the election as flawed, filing a series of lawsuits to try to block the results in six battlefield states. But they have found little sympathy with judges, almost all of whom dismissed their complaints about the safety of postal ballot papers that millions of people voted from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, argued for the president
Joe Biden won the Pennsylvania referendum that gave him the state's 20 electoral votes
Trump may be hoping a Supreme Court he led to a Conservative 6-3 majority will be more open to his appeals, especially as the High Court ruled Pennsylvania's decision to mail-in ballots by Nov. 6 with only 4 -4 votes to accept, last confirmed month. Trump candidate Amy Coney Barrett has since joined the court.
"The activist judicial machine in Pennsylvania continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud," tweeted Trump attorney Jenna Ellis after Friday's verdict. "Off to SCOTUS!"
In the case before Brann, the Trump campaign called for the disenfranchisement of the state’s 6.8 million voters, or at least the 700,000 who voted by mail in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other democratic areas.
“One might expect a plaintiff to be mightily armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption in search of such a startling result,” Brann wrote in his devastating November 21 ruling. "That didn't happen."
A separate Republican challenge, which reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week, is designed to prevent the state from certifying additional races on the ballot.
The government of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is fighting these efforts, saying it would prevent the state's legislature and congressional delegation from having their seat in the coming weeks.
On Thursday, Trump said the November 3rd election was far from over. Still, he gave the clearest signal yet that he would leave the White House peacefully on January 20 if the electoral college formalized Biden's victory.
& # 39; Sure I will. But you know that, ”Trump said in the White House, answering reporters' questions for the first time since election day.
But on Friday, he continued to unsubstantially attack Detroit, Atlanta and other democratic cities with large black populations as sources of "massive election fraud". And he claimed without evidence that a Pennsylvania election observer uncovered computer storage drives that gave Biden 50,000 votes apiece.
All 50 states must certify their results before the electoral college meets on December 14th, and any dispute about the results must be resolved by December 8th. Biden won both the electoral college and the referendum by a wide margin.
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