A federal judge on Saturday dealt a heavy blow to Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the presidential election results, dismissing a Pennsylvania lawsuit with a excoriating opinion who has cast his legal arguments as shoddy, without evidence and contrary to the US constitution.
The rejection of the Trump campaign trial, which sought to block certification of Joe Biden’s victory in Battlefield State, was the president’s latest legal defeat in his unprecedented effort to cling to power despite the loss of elections.
Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a 37-page opinion that the Trump campaign sought to deprive nearly seven million voters in Pennsylvania, but presented only “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative, unjustified accusations in the operational complaint and not supported by evidence ”.
“In the United States of America, that cannot justify the denial of the right to vote of just one voter, let alone all voters in its sixth most populous state. Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more, ”he added.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Judge Brann dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be remanded. The Trump campaign could appeal his dismissal.
The decision came ahead of Monday’s deadline for Pennsylvania counties to submit their final certified vote totals to Kathy Boockvar, the Pennsylvania secretary of state. This milestone is part of a series that will formalize Mr. Biden’s victory.
Michigan could also certify its results on Monday, while Georgia, which has a Republican governor and secretary of state, confirmed Biden’s victory in the state on Friday.
The Trump campaign had sued Ms Boockvar and several Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania counties to prevent the state from certifying its results. They were joined by two individual voters who tried unsuccessfully to vote in counties not affected by the affair.
Judge Brann held a hearing on Tuesday in which the Trump campaign was represented by Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, after two separate teams of lawyers withdrew from the case.
In his opinion on Saturday, the judge cited the case’s “tortured procedural history”, noting that “the plaintiffs have made multiple attempts to modify the pleadings and have brought in and withdraw lawyers in space. seventy-two hours. “
The Trump campaign trial alleged that the guidelines Ms Boockvar issued to encourage all counties to help voters correct errors in their ballots resulted in constitutional violations because they were mainly followed by counties led by Democrats rather than those led by Republicans.
Judge Brann dismissed the request in his opinion, writing that “like Frankenstein’s monster” it had been “assembled at random”.
He concluded that if voters suffered injuries that would allow them to file a complaint, they had sued the wrong counties and, in any case, blocking the certification of the Pennsylvania presidential election was not the right solution. .
“Rather than asking that their votes be counted, they seek to discredit dozens of other votes, but only for one race. This is just not the way the Constitution works, ”he wrote.
He said the Trump campaign, on the other hand, had no power to prosecute. Justice Brann wrote that Mr. Trump’s lawyers had not “made clear” the damage suffered by the campaign, and said his “attempt to develop a legal theory” from the Supreme Court ruling in Bush v. Gore in 2000 was also deficient. “They misunderstand the issues at stake in this case,” he wrote.