President Donald Trump is not joining his legal team in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania today to hold talks with the state’s Republican senators on the election – the latest in the Trump team’s ongoing efforts to question the outcome.
According to preliminary reports, Trump will make the trip to Pennsylvania, which would have been the first time he had left Washington DC since Democratic rival Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election. The White House would not confirm, and the meeting never appeared on the president’s public schedule, but documents submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration suggested that Air Force One in the Gettysburg area was expected.
A set of journalists preparing to travel with the president were abruptly informed Wednesday morning that the trip had been canceled without further details. The news came after Boris Epshteyn, Trump’s campaign consultant, revealed that the COVID-19 test was positive.
Jenna Ellis, Trump’s legal counsel, has already indicated on Twitter that she and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, are going to a hearing in the Senate Majority Policy Committee. Giuliani, whose son also gave a positive result last week, has made public appearances in recent days with the participation of Epshteyn.
A Senate GOP spokesman did not respond immediately Newsweekrequest to update whether the meeting will continue.
According to Trump’s legal team, each of the participating Pennsylvania senators will be given five minutes to speak, followed by the testimony of witnesses who demand election fraud in the state. Giuliani is also expected to give a lecture.
Biden was confirmed the winner of Pennsylvania’s 20 election votes on Tuesday – three weeks after election day, and a series of challenges Trump’s supporters focused primarily on postal votes. According to the Secretary of State, Biden was 3.46 million votes equal to Trump’s 3.38 million.
Trump did not allow the election, although his administration is working with President-elect Biden’s transition team after weeks of resistance.
Trump’s legal team has tried unsuccessfully to overturn proven results in key battlefield states – especially Pennsylvania – to try to secure a second term for the president. More than 30 lawsuits were dismissed by judges or dismissed by the campaign for various reasons.
In recent efforts, Trump’s legal team is organizing a game for Republican state lawmakers to hold discussions on whether to recognize democratic voters.
According to the Trump campaign, similar meetings will be held in Arizona and Michigan next week, although details are still being finalized.
The Pennsylvania meeting is scheduled to take place at 12:30 a.m. ET and can be streamed online through the Pennsylvania Senate GOP website.