US judge to hear arguments in a lawsuit that President Trump's campaign brought on November 9 that seeks to halt the state's top election official from certifying Joe Biden as the winner.
A hearing on US President Donald Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track after a judge quickly denied the campaign’s new lawyer’s request for a delay.
Trump will bring his floundering efforts to overturn President-Elect Joe Biden's victory to a court on Tuesday, where another legal setback would likely doom his already long-shot prospects.
US District Judge Matthew Brann, who sits in Williamsport, will hear arguments in a lawsuit the Trump campaign brought on November 9 that seeks to halt the state's top election official from certifying Biden, a Democrat, as the winner.
The campaign and Trump supporters have filed a flurry of lawsuits in multiple states challenging the November 3 election but have yet to overturn any votes.
Pennsylvania has been a fixture of those efforts and any hope of reversing the election hangs on the outcome in the state.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is due to certify the election results on November 23, meaning Brann is expected to rule quickly.
On Monday, three lawyers representing the Trump campaign asked to withdraw from the case, saying the campaign had consented but offering little explanation.
Biden clinched the election with his victory in Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Edison Research said on Friday Biden had won 306 Electoral College votes to Republican Trump’s 232.
Georgia election chief fights fellow Republicans
President Trump and his allies vent their outrage at the fellow Republican over unsupported claims that mismanagement and fraud tainted the state's presidential election.
Trump spent the weekend attacking Brad Raffensperger on social media, at one point calling him "a so-called Republican (RINO)," an acronym for "Republican in name only."
Raffensperger punched back, disputing Trump's claims that he made it easier for Democrats to cheat using mail-in ballots. The secretary also called US Rep Doug Collins, who is running Trump's Georgia recount effort, a "liar."
On Monday, Raffensperger told The Washington Post that he believed South Carolina Republican Sen Lindsey Graham was pressuring him to improperly discard ballots. Graham dismissed the allegation as "ridiculous."
Transparency should be a guiding principle in how counties are conducting the audit. While there are rules in place that allow counties to keep order, the more transparency they can provide the better while still ensuring an orderly process— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 13, 2020
Georgia won’t let us look at the all important signature match. Without that the recount is MEANINGLESS. Open up unconstitutional Consent Decree, NOW! @BrianKempGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
Raffensperger: No evidence of widespread fraud
Trump and his allies claimed Raffensperger didn't do enough to root out "illegal" votes.
After the Trump campaign asked for a hand recount of all 5 million votes cast in Georgia, Raffensperger chose the presidential election for an audit, which Georgia law now requires for one statewide race each election cycle.
He also insisted that all votes, not just a sampling of ballots, as is the norm for audits, be recounted and that the tally be conducted by hand.
Not shying away from the fact that he's a Republican, Raffensperger has said publicly that he wished Trump had won.
But he's also held firm in saying that he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud or voting irregularities and that he expects Biden’s 14,000-vote lead to hold up once the audit is complete.
The elections chief has largely been left to fight on his own.