Pennsylvania Republican senator says Biden won, after court deals blow to Trump

Yolanda Curtis
November 22, 2020

"In the United States of America, this can not justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth-most-populated state", the ruling read.

Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani returned to court for the first time in decades to represent the Trump campaign Tuesday, showing his rustiness by tripping himself up over the meaning of "opacity", mistaking the judge for a federal judge in a separate district and provoking an opposing lawyer.

President Trump has not conceded the 2020 race, and continues to file legal challenges in swing states that the media has called for Biden, amid widespread concern about potential voter fraud. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp then certified the state's slate of 16 presidential electors.

Two leading Republican lawmakers from MI 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, however.

Protesters rally in front of Gov. Kate Brown’s residence Mahonia Hall
Protesters rally in front of Gov. Kate Brown’s residence Mahonia Hall

Some Trump allies have expressed hope that state lawmakers could intervene in selecting Republican electors.

The letter, signed by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party head Laura Cox, cited allegations of "irregularities" in the county, which have not been substantiated.

Mr Trump took the unusual step of meeting members of the MI state legislature's Republican leadership at the White House on Friday, reportedly putting pressure on them to disregard Mr Biden's win in the state.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania says he won't stop officials from certifying election results that show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes.


That effort faces long odds. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes.

The lawsuit had also initially alleged Republican observers were denied access to the counting of mail-in ballots, an assertion election officials dispute.

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.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania became the latest Republican lawmaker on Saturday night to recognize presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden as the victor of the election.


Mr Trump has also expressed interest in inviting legislators from Pennsylvania, another battleground won by Mr Biden, to the White House, a senior campaign official confirmed to the BBC's USA partner, CBS News.

A manual recount and audit in Georgia confirmed Biden on Friday as the victor in the southern state, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in almost three decades.


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