Foreign

Federal court trashes Trump’s election suit in Pennsylvania

Published

on

A United States federal court on Saturday evening dismissed President Donald Trump’s suit that sought to cancel millions of mail-in votes in the Nov. 3 election in Pennsylvania.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is yet another major blow to efforts by Trump to have the presidential election results invalidated in battleground states where he lost.

His legal team, led by former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, had approached the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania alleging that 1.5 million mail-in votes in the state were illegally counted.

Giuliani had alleged that the president’s poll watchers were not allowed to observe the counting of mail-in ballots.

That, he claimed, created room for local governments controlled by the opposition Democratic Party to accept fraudulent and “technically deficient ballots”.

Giuliani claimed he had gathered “300 affidavits, declarations or our own statements” that showed there were enough fraudulent ballots to invalidate the results.

But in his ruling, the presiding judge, Matthew Brann, threw out the case “for lack of compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption”.

Brann berated the Trump lawyers for filing a “disjointed lawsuit”, adding that he would not “disenfranchise almost seven million voters” on baseless allegations.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption.

“That has not happened,” the judge, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, said.

He dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the Trump team cannot resubmit it.

President-elect Joe Biden is the projected winner in Pennsylvania with 3,458,312 votes to Trump’s 3,376,499, a margin of 81,813 votes.

With this comes the state’s 20 Electoral College votes for the former Vice President who now has 306 electoral votes, according to media projections.

This has placed him well above the 270 electoral votes required to win the race.

Monday is the deadline for local governments in Pennsylvania to confirm their results of the presidential election and send to the Secretary of State for certification.

Trump, who has refused to concede the election, has filed no fewer than 18 lawsuits in battleground states where he lost, alleging massive voter fraud.

But he has not supplied any concrete evidence to back the allegation, prompting judges in several states to dismiss many of the suits.

Harrison Arubu

Harrison Arubu: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

Latest News

Innovation Accelerator to Stimulate Growth for Youth Promoting Democracy and Governance in Africa Concludes President’s Remarks at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Africa Economic Zones Organization (AEZO) December 3, 2020 Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Update (3rd December 2020) Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (2nd December 2020) Coronavirus – Zambia: Daily status update (2nd December 2020) Landmark Alliance Launches in Africa to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s President H.E Félix Tshisekedi confirmed to deliver the keynote address at Mining Indaba Virtual Local Currency Financing for Off-Grid Energy Solutions in Africa Limited, Needs Scaling Up – African Development Bank Report MEDIA ADVISORY : African Institute for Mathematical Sciences to Host Online Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering: 8-10 December 2020 AIMS to host its first online Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering SAP becomes the perfect medicine for Kiara Health’s complexities and cost challenges Blue Prism Intelligent Automation Now Available in AWS Marketplace WHO Africa Online Press Briefing: Responding to COVID-19 Misinformation in Africa Coronavirus – Kenya: Distribution of Cases by Counties (2 December 2020) Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 updates (2 December 2020) SouthBridge Group announces Two Major Transactions in the Republic of Togo Fabio Aru signs for Team Qhubeka ASSOS Zimbabwean journalist Debra Matabvu wins the 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award Signing of the Advisory Services Agreement between the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Xalq Bank, Uzbekistan African Energy Chamber Starts a Working Visit to Mozambique to Push for Natural Gas Adoption and Jobs Creation UN Global Compact partners with African Media Agency (AMA) on Virtual SDG Summit Over 3.3 million children vaccinated in Chad in large-scale polio campaign How the world’s highest HIV-prevalence country turned around, and in record time World’s governments must wind down fossil fuel production by 6% per year to limit catastrophic warming Gruesome Boko Haram Killings in Northeast Nigeria Foreign fighters a ‘serious crisis’ in Libya, UN mission chief tells high stakes political forum Ethiopian Government and UN strike deal for ‘unimpeded’ humanitarian access in Tigray Mali: COVID-19 and conflict lead to rise in child trafficking AERC to host Bi-annual Plenary on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Finance in Africa African Union to Launch the African Single Electricity Market (AfSEM) Communiqué on H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission's two day working visit to the Republic of South Africa Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (1st December 2020) Rugby: The General Assembly of the Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) Elected New Conflict and Resolution Committee Lionesses Graduate from Isuzu East Africa (EA) Life Skills Program Ecobank Group wins Awards from EMEA Finance, The Banker and Global Finance COVID-19 drives wages down, new International Labour Organization (ILO) report finds Coronavirus – South Africa: MEC Anroux Marais on suspension of summer initiation season due to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 statistics in South Africa (01 December 2020) Brown, Tanfield and Vinjebo sign-on for Team Qhubeka ASSOS Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 case update (1 December 2020) Coronavirus – Zambia: Daily status update (1st December 2020) Uniting Business for A Stronger Africa Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update for South Africa (1 December 2020) Coronavirus – Kenya: Distribution of Cases by Counties (1 December 2020) Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 updates (1 December 2020) Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 reported cases in Ethiopia (1 December 2020) Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (1 December 2020) Nestlé partners with Nomanini and Standard Bank to empower informal retail traders across the Eastern and Southern Africa Region LaLiga signs Mondia group as strategic technology and commercial partner for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific African Energy Chamber projects Africa’s Power Demand to Keep Rising Between 4-5% per year