President Donald Trump’s last-minute legal offer to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election result was rejected by a federal judge on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen, who ruled on the bench, rejected the president’s request for an emergency measure requiring the state legislature to order the election of new voters before the authorized congressional countdown takes place on January 6th.
The lawsuit was filed by Trump on New Year’s Eve, accusing Georgian officials of violating the state’s election code in handling and counting postal votes. The alleged state leaders in the lawsuit also conducted “inadequate proof of the election.”
Georgia State Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, two Republican officials challenged by Trump after the election, said in a court statement that Trump’s requests were “absurd.” The duo also said it was the result of the latest lawsuit “manufactured crisis”.
Georgia conducted a number of audits in the 2020 elections, all of which found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The state has now twice verified the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Judge Cohen’s decision was made a few days after he picked up a phone call The Washington Post it turned out the president on Saturday pressed Raffensperger to change the state’s 2020 election results.
“I just want to do that. I only want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said. The president lost the Georgian race to Biden by 11,779 votes.
Trump repeated unfounded fraud allegations several times during a demonstration in Dalton, Georgia, Monday night. The president visited the peach state to campaign before Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of Tuesday’s outbound election.
“Hello, Georgia. We haven’t lost Georgia anyway. There’s no way,” Trump said as he took the stage. “It was a wrong choice. But we’re still fighting it.”
The president also annoyed members of Congress who accepted Biden’s victory, saying to the crowd, “People will remember people who don’t support us.”
Trump and his Republican allies have launched dozens of lawsuits in key battlefield states in an attempt to overthrow the outcome of the 2020 election. Almost all of them failed.
Congress will meet Wednesday to count the election votes that confirm Biden is the next president of the United States. The largely solemn event was in the news as many Republicans say they reject the Electoral College – which met last month and voted 306 to 232 votes in favor of Biden.
Trump has repeatedly suggested that Vice President Mike Pence, who serves as chairman of the Senate on Wednesday’s count, should have the power to reject voters. But legal experts say this is not the case and the vice president has no power to decide which votes count.
“I hope Mike Pence comes over for us, I have to tell you,” Trump said at Monday night’s demonstration. “I hope our great vice president, our great vice president, comes over for us … because if he doesn’t come over, I won’t like him so much.”
Biden, who is due to take an oath on Jan. 20, joked on Monday that he won Georgia three times while campaigning on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
“He voted in record numbers in November, he heard his voice, he counted his votes. The will of the people prevailed, we won three times here,” Biden said at a drive-in meeting.
Newsweek approached the White House and the Trump campaign to comment on Judge Cohen’s decision, but received no response prior to publication.