Washington (AP) – A federal court in the US state of Pennsylvania has handed incumbent US President Donald Trump yet another defeat in his fight against the election results.
Trump’s lawyers had presented only “legal arguments deemed to be without merit and speculative allegations” without evidence, Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a statement released Saturday evening (local time) for his ruling. Trump and his Republican allies have also suffered defeat in other lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The injunction sought by Trump to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the election results was therefore rejected. Trump’s trial also aimed to potentially invalidate millions of missing votes. The arguments and evidence presented would not even have been enough to invalidate the “one voter” vote, the judge wrote. “Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more,” he wrote.
In the important state, which has 20 voters to give, Democrat Joe Biden prevailed. According to US media forecasts, Biden now has 306 voters, far more than the majority of the 270 votes needed to win. However, Trump refuses to admit defeat, saying massive voter fraud occurred in the November 3 election. However, he did not provide any solid evidence on this. For this reason, judges have already dismissed several of his lawsuits.
In the state of Georgia, judge Steven Grimberg rejected Friday evening (local time) the trial of a conservative lawyer, with whom he wanted to stop the certification of the election result. The Georgia court also dismissed an attack by the plaintiff on postal votes. Granting the injunction requested by the plaintiff “would create confusion, undermine public confidence in the election and potentially expel over a million Georgian voters,” he said.
Biden’s narrow election victory in Georgia has now been officially confirmed. On Friday afternoon, responsible Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp certified the results. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 voters by a tiny majority of 12,670 votes. Due to the tight result, the state had initiated a recount. As a result, Biden’s lead had narrowed, before being in the lead with around 14,000 votes. Trump has until Tuesday, however, to request another recount.
Trump was also unlucky with another strategy: Republican MPs and Michigan state senators invited by him to the White House spoke out against attempts to alter election results with legal tricks after the meeting. Republicans said on Friday they did not yet have information that could change the election result. They would therefore “follow the law and normal procedure” for the nomination of the electorate, said majority leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield. “And the candidates who win the most votes win the election and the votes of the electorate,” they said.
Biden won the Michigan election by a large margin. The unusual meeting with Republicans that Trump had planned had fueled fears that he would urge them to change the outcome of the normally more formal stages of notarization. However, US media quoted lawyers who pointed out that such a decision could never have gone to court, even with the consent of local Republicans. Biden is due to be sworn in as the new president on Jan.20.