Federal Judge Dismisses Trump’s PA Election Lawsuit As “Without Merit”

 

On Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann dismissed a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania, saying that it contained “strained legal arguments without merit.”

Brann turned down the request for an injunction, which is another major loss for the Trump campaign in its efforts to contest the election.

In a 37-page ruling, Brann said the Trump campaign asked him to “disenfranchise almost seven million voters” and said he could not find any case in which a plaintiff “has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election,” according to NBC News.

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The judge said that he could find no “factual proof of rampant corruption.”

Brann said that the arguments presented to the court were “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”

“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” Brann wrote in his ruling.

The lawsuit alleged that some counties in the state allowed mail-in voters to solve problems with the ballots by casting provisional ballots, while others did not, which violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

Brann says that even if this were the case, the solution proposed by the Trump administration would be excessive because it asks the court to disqualify legitimate votes.

“Rather than requesting that their votes be counted, they seek to discredit scores of other votes, but only for one race. This is simply not how the Constitution works,” Brann wrote.

Since Election Day, the Trump campaign has sued the boards of elections in Philadelphia, Allegheny, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, and Centre counties. On Tuesday, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the lawsuit in Philadelphia.

Trump still believes that the fight is not over in Pennsylvania, and claims that he still has until December 8th to decertify the results in the state, but it is not clear what other legal challenges he believes are possible.

The Trump campaign has been losing many of its legal challenges in contested states and has failed to pick up any ground in the recounts that were demanded. Still, Trump’s attorney Rudy Guiliani, who is reportedly making up to $20,000 per day for his work on the election lawsuits, promises that the case will be taken to the Supreme Court.

Giuliani has previously said he sees the case in Pennsylvania as a “vehicle” to get the US Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative majority to decide the election.

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