The U.S. Court of Appeals dismisses Trump’s appeal over the competition in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered another defeat in court on Friday when the Philadelphia Federal Court of Appeals firmly rejected the state’s latest efforts to challenge the state’s election results.

Trump’s attorneys vowed to go to the Supreme Court despite the judge’s assessment that “the campaign’s allegations have no merit.”

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. The accusation of injustice is serious. But calling the election unfair doesn’t do that. Fees require specific statements and then justification. None of us are here, ”Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote to the panel of three judges.

The case was discussed in a lower court last week by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, who insisted in a five-hour oral argument that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. However, Giuliani did not provide tangible evidence of this in court.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann said the campaign’s faulty complaint – “like Frankenstein’s monster – was accidentally concatenated” and denied Giuliani the right to modify it a second time.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that this decision was justified. The three judges of the board were appointed by the Republican presidents. including Bibas, a former law professor at the University of Pennsylvania who was appointed by Trump. Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, sat in court for 20 years, retiring in 2019.

Friday’s decision comes four days after Pennsylvania officials confirmed their votes to elected president, Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in the state by more than 80,000 votes. Nationwide, Biden and fellow Kamala Harris garnered nearly 80 million votes, a record in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump said he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the competition as it did in 2000 when its decision to stop the Florida recount gave Republican George W. Bush his choice. On Nov. 5, as the counting of votes continued, Trump posted a tweet that “The U.S. Supreme Court should decide!

Since then, Trump and his deputies have rudely attacked the election and launched lawsuits to try to block the results in six battlefield states. But there was little sympathy on the part of the judges, almost all of whom rejected complaints about the security of postal items used by millions of people from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump perhaps hopes that the Supreme Court, which he helped steer toward the Conservative 6-3 majority, would be more open to his bases, especially since the Supreme Court only approved Pennsylvania’s decision to Nov. 6 on 4-4 votes. accepts mail. month. Since then, Trump candidate Amy Coney Barrett has joined the court.

“The Pennsylvania activist judicial machinery continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud,” Trump’s lawyer, Jenna Ellis, tweeted after Friday’s decision. – Go to SCOTUS!

In the case before Brann, the Trump campaign called for the right to vote for the state’s 6.8 million voters, or at least the 700,000 who voted by letter in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and other democratically-minded areas.

“It is to be expected that, in achieving such a staggering result, the plaintiff will be armed with incredibly legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption,” Brann wrote in his terrible November 21 verdict.

A separate Republican challenge to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week is aimed at preventing the state from putting additional certifications on the ballot. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s government is struggling with this effort, saying it would prevent the state’s legislative and congressional delegation from settling in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Trump said the November 3 election was not over early. Yet the clearest signal to date has been that he will leave the White House peacefully on January 20 if the Electoral College officializes Biden’s victory.

– Of course I will. But you know that, ”Trump said in the White House, asking reporters for the first time since election day.

On Friday, however, he continued to unfoundedly attack Detroit, Atlanta and other democratic cities with large black populations as a source of “massive voter fraud”. And without evidence, he claimed that an observer from a Pennsylvania poll revealed computer memory drives that gave Biden “50,000 votes each”.

All 50 states must verify their results before the Electoral College meets on December 14, and any challenges to the results must be resolved by December 8. Biden also won the Electoral College and the referendum with a wide selection.