New setback for Trump: Court rejects legal challenge over Pennsylvania elections

Shortly after Friday’s ruling, Trump posted a Newsmax video on Twitter about suspected voter fraud in Nevada.

By:
Reuters

06:25 PM / 27/11/2020

A Federal Court of Appeals on Friday 27-N rejected a request from the campaign of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to prevent the president-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the state of Pennsylvania, which represents another significant setback for the attempt to overturn the results of the November 3 election.

“Free and fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. The accusations that they are unfair are serious. But calling an election unfair does not mean it is, ”wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.

“The charges require specific charges and then evidence. We don’t have either one here, ”he added.

“Let’s go SCOTUS!” Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, wrote on Twitter after the decision, referring to a planned appeal to the Supreme Court. “The activist judicial machine in Pennsylvania continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud.”

Pennsylvania certified Biden, who won the state’s popular vote, as its winner this week. According to state law, the candidate who wins the popular vote gets all 20 electoral votes in the territory.

Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede victory to his Democratic rival and continues to allege, without evidence, widespread electoral fraud.

But as his legal challenges bear fruit, Trump said Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, the closest he has come to accepting defeat.

On Monday, the Trump administration cleared the way for Biden to transition to the White House, giving him access to briefings and funding even as the president himself vowed to continue fighting election results.

Shortly after Friday’s ruling, Trump posted a Newsmax video on Twitter about suspected voter fraud in Nevada.

The Trump campaign filed its legal challenge in Pennsylvania earlier this month, saying county election officials had handled mail ballots inconsistently and asking U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to stop certifying the results. .

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