A JUDGE appointed by Barack Obama dismissed a lawsuit on Saturday filed by Donald Trump in a bid to throw out millions of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania.
US District Court Judge Matthew Brann, who Obama appointed to the federal bench in 2012, ruled that Trump’s campaign failed to prove widespread voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election.A judge dismissed a lawsuit on Saturday filed by Donald Trump in a bid to throw out millions of Pennsylvania votesCredit: AFP or licensorsThe dismissal was another blow to Trump and his campaign, which has been seeking to overturn election resultsCredit: ReutersJudge Matthew Brann cleared the way for Pennsylvania officials to certify Biden's election win in the stateCredit: Reuters
“This Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations,” Brann wrote.
Brann added that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”
Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who served as vice president in the Obama administration.
"The Media is just as corrupt as the Election itself!" Trump tweeted as the judgement was given.Hundreds of Trump supporters gathered at the statehouse in Atlanta on SaturdayCredit: ReutersProtesters denounced the media for calling Biden the election winnerCredit: ReutersCounter-protesters showed up to demonstrate against Trump supportersCredit: Reuters
The Pennsylvania lawsuit, spearheaded by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, aimed to stop officials from certifying Biden’s victory in the state.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said in a legal brief that the Trump campaign's attempt to throw out millions of votes over alleged isolated incidents was far too extreme.
"There is no justification on any level for the radical disenfranchisement they seek," lawyers for Boockvar wrote in the brief.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Twitter following the ruling: “I’ve been telling everyone who will listen: these suits are baseless."Protesters also railed against Republican officials in Georgia for certifying the election results in favor of Joe BidenCredit: ReutersElections officials across the country have repeatedly said there is zero evidence of fraud that would alter the outcome of the presidential electionCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The lawsuit is one of dozens filed by Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the election. They are also seeking to invalidate or change the results through recounts and direct pressure on lawmakers in several states.
The campaign has not provided evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud.
Elections officials across the country have repeatedly said there is zero evidence of fraud that would alter the outcome of the presidential election.
A manual hand recount and audit in Georgia confirmed Biden on Friday as the winner in the southern state by more than 12,000 votes, making the former veep the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in nearly three decades.
"Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!" Trump tweeted earlier on Saturday.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said on Friday that the numbers "reflect the will of the people.
"I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct," Raffensperger said.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the statehouse in Atlanta on Saturday, with video posted online showing speakers denouncing the media for calling Biden the election winner, as well as state Republican leaders for certifying the results.
Police in riot gear were deployed to separate them from counterprotesters who gathered nearby.
In Michigan, Republicans on Saturday asked state authorities to wait to certify Biden’s victory for 14 days to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, which includes the majority-Black city of Detroit.
The letter cited allegations of “irregularities” that have not been substantiated. Biden won 154,000 more votes than Trump in Michigan.
That effort faces long odds. A spokesperson for Michigan’s top election authority said state law does not allow for audits before the vote is certified, which is due to take place on Monday.
Allegations of widespread fraud have been found to be baseless, the spokesperson said.
Two leading Republican Michigan lawmakers who came to Washington at Trump’s behest said after meeting him on Friday that they had no information that would change the outcome of the election in the state.
In Wisconsin, an official said that poorly trained observers for the Trump campaign were slowing a partial recount by challenging every ballot and raising other objections.
“Observers are disruptive. They are asking question after question, telling the tablulators to stop, stop what they’re doing and that is out of line, that’s not acceptable,” Milwaukee County Clerk George Christianson told reporters.
Trump’s accusations have continued to inflame his hard-core Republican base.
The General Services Administration, run by a Trump appointee, has not recognized Biden’s victory, preventing his team from gaining access to government office space and funding normally provided to an incoming administration ahead of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
Critics say the delay and Trump’s refusal to concede have serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 255,000 Americans.