Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Lawyers for Detroit have also asked a judge to reprimand Trump's campaign for spreading "disinformation" in a court filing about the certification of Wayne County.

The case in Pennsylvania was argued Tuesday in court by Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

For many, there was widespread speculation the state's Republican leaders would discuss with the president intervening in the process of selecting electors.

A defiant Donald Trump again falsely insisted he "won" reelection in his first public appearance for a week on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the U.S. president appeared increasingly isolated over his long-shot bid to stay in power. They are also seeking to invalidate or change the results through recounts and direct pressure on lawmakers in several states. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp then certified the state's slate of 16 presidential electors.

On Saturday, however, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel requested a 14-day delay in MI so an audit could be conducted to address "anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities" in Wayne County, which includes Detroit.

But he has no such meetings now listed on his public schedule for this weekend, and counties in the Rust Belt state, along with MI, are due to certify their vote totals on Monday.

The Republican-controlled board said it worked with election officials to verify the results as well as answer any questions related to voter fraud or other integrity concerns.

Two leading Republican Michigan lawmakers who came to Washington at Trump's behest said after meeting him on Friday that they had no information that would change the outcome of the election in the state. Since election night, Trump has been claiming massive election fraud and has demanded a stop to the counting of votes that he has stated are "illegal" - particularly mail-in ballots that arrived after election day.

The decision - announced in a scathing judgment which excoriated the Trump team's legal strategy - paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory there, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

But Trump, in two tweets Saturday, Nov. 21, re-posted the joint statement from Shirkey and Chatfield and added his own comments. The Trump campaign has vowed to appeal.

Hundreds of supporters gathered at the statehouse in Atlanta on Saturday, with video posted online showing speakers denouncing the media for calling Biden the election victor, as well as state Republican leaders for certifying the results. And the incoming Biden-Harris administration is denied access to government office space, classified briefings and other information to help get it ready to operate on January 20, 2021, when Biden is sworn in.

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