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Trump campaign files election lawsuit in Georgia, suffers more legal defeats
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Michael Martina | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Donald Trump’s campaign said it filed a lawsuit in Georgia state court on Friday seeking to invalidate the presidential election results there, the latest in a series of legal challenges aimed at reversing his loss that have so far gone nowhere. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoThe Trump campaign said in a statement its new lawsuit would include sworn statements from Georgia residents alleging fraud. President-elect Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes - against the 270 required - to Trump’s 232. Trump’s campaign has spent nearly $9 million on its unsuccessful bid to overturn the results of the election, including nearly $2.3 million to lawyers and consultants. The campaign and the Republican National Committee have raised at least $207.5 million since Election Day, much of it from solicitations asking for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund”.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Trump, Brad Raffensperger, Democrat Joe Biden, Trump’s, Biden, Brian Hagedorn Organizations: Reuters, White, REUTERS, Republican, Democrat, Electoral, The, The Wisconsin Supreme, , Republican National Committee, Election Locations: Georgia, Washington , U.S, Nevada and Wisconsin, Nevada, The Wisconsin, ” Wisconsin
Slideshow ( 4 images )WILMINGTON, Del./DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday was formally given the go-ahead by a federal agency to begin his transition to the White House, shortly after the battleground state of Michigan certified him as the winner there. With the rapid-fire developments, Republican President Donald Trump’s already languishing efforts to overturn his Nov. 3 election defeat appeared to be coming to a close. The U.S. General Services Administration, an independent agency, informed Biden, a Democrat, that his transition - leading up to a Jan. 20 inauguration - could officially begin. It also paves the way for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to receive regular national security briefings that Trump also gets. A statement by the Biden transition said meetings would begin with federal officials on Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, along with discussions of national security issues.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Trump, Emily Murphy, Kamala Harris Organizations: White, Republican, U.S . General Services Administration, Democrat, GSA Locations: WILMINGTON, Del ., DETROIT, Michigan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joe Biden on Saturday reached the two-week mark since becoming president-elect, with President Donald Trump stinging from back-to-back setbacks in his desperate, unprecedented bid to undo his election defeat. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a meeting at his transition headquarters in the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 20, 2020. That effort, which critics call an unparalleled push by a sitting president to subvert the will of voters, has met with little success. Trump will participate virtually this weekend in the last summit of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) of his term. There is a “right way and a wrong way” for Trump to contest what he sees as election irregularities, Susan Collins, the Maine Senator, said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Brenner Biden, Trump, Brad Raffensperger, Biden, ” Trump, , Kamala Harris, Susan Collins, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Saturday, REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Georgia, Michigan Republican, Trump, Electoral, General Services Administration, Treasury, Federal Reserve Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maine
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, battered by back-to-back setbacks in his desperate bid to overturn the U.S. presidential election, persisted with claims of massive voter fraud on Saturday, two weeks after Democrat Joe Biden was declared president-elect. His campaign has not been able to provide any evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud, however. “To effectuate this strategy, Defendants are openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters, including voters in Detroit, Michigan,” said the lawsuit. PRESSURE TO START FORMAL TRANSITIONBiden, who has denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, was due to spend Saturday meeting with transition advisers. Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but pressure was building after several voiced doubts on Friday.
Persons: Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Lim Huey Teng Trump, Biden, Brad Raffensperger, Trump, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield, , ” Trump, , Trump’s, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, APEC, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Georgia, , Twitter, Trump, Electoral, Detroit, Wayne, Senior Republicans, General Services Administration Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Georgia, Michigan, ” Michigan, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Detroit , Michigan, Wayne County
Trump’s lawyers are seeking to take the power of appointing electors away from the governors and secretaries of state and give it to friendly state lawmakers from his party, saying the U.S. Constitution gives legislatures the ultimate authority. A senior Trump campaign official told Reuters its plan is to cast enough doubt on vote-counting in big, Democratic cities that Republican lawmakers will have little choice but to intercede. A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published this week suggested the Trump campaign had succeeded in stirring doubt — however unfounded — about the presidential election. The survey found about half of Republicans think Trump “rightfully won” the election he lost. Trump’s campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials’ affidavits.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Lee Chatfield, Chatfield, Mike Shirkey, Trump, Biden, , of Canvassers, Monica Palmer, Wayne County “, Palmer, Tracy Wimmer, , Giuliani, Rick Hasen, delegitimize Organizations: DETROIT, U.S, New York City, REUTERS, Trump, Biden, Republican, District of, Electoral, Constitution, Reuters, of, Republicans, Wayne, University of California, School of Law Locations: Washington , U.S, Michigan, Pennsylvania, United States, District of Columbia, U.S, Detroit , Michigan, Wayne County, Irvine
WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential election battleground state of Georgia was expected on Thursday to affirm Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump after a painstaking recount, as Trump’s re-election campaign said it was withdrawing a lawsuit in Michigan. The winner in each state is awarded that state’s electoral votes, a number roughly proportional to the population. Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of states with scant success so far. Trump has a dwindling number of options to overturn the results of an election in which Biden won 5.8 million more votes nationwide. In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has paid for or a partial recount, even though election officials there say that will likely only add to Biden’s 20,000-vote advantage in a state that carries 10 electoral votes.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Gabriel Sterling, , , Biden, ” Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Monica Palmer, Trump, Giuliani, Arizona’s, Katie Hobbs, ” Hobbs Organizations: U.S, Defense Department, HHS, White, REUTERS, Fox News, Electoral, Democrat, Republican, Biden, Trump, Twitter, Reuters Locations: WASHINGTON, DETROIT, Georgia, Michigan, Washington , U.S, Wayne, canvassers, Jan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Biden, a Democrat, has captured 306 electoral votes to the Republican Trump’s 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner of the election, well above the 270 needed for victory. The Trump campaign has already asked a judge in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, to declare Trump the winner, allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to choose the state’s 20 Electoral College voters. Giuliani said accounts of suspicious activity would ultimately overturn the election, which Biden won nationwide by 5.9 million votes. Part of the new Trump campaign effort involves trying to delay certification, the normally routine process by which election results are finalized, a senior campaign official said. Trump’s campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials’ affidavits.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump’s, Biden, Brad Raffensperger’s, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Raffensperger, , Rudy Giuliani, GIULIANI, Giuliani, George Soros, , ” Giuliani, Christopher Krebs, “ It’s, Emily Murphy Organizations: DETROIT, Republican, Democrat, Electoral, Trump, Biden, Republican U.S, voters, Democratic, Congress, Canvassers, Reuters, Wayne, White Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Venezuela, Wilmington , Delaware, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Trump’s campaign has filed at least nine lawsuits challenging the results since the Nov. 3 election, with scant success so far. Giuliani said accounts of suspicious activity would ultimately overturn the election, which Biden won nationwide by 5.9 million votes. Part of the new Trump campaign effort involves trying to delay certification, the normally routine process by which election results are finalized, the senior campaign official said. Trump’s campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials’ affidavits. A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday found about half of Republicans believed Trump “rightfully won” the election.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Biden, , Trump, Rudy Giuliani, GIULIANI, Giuliani, George Soros, , ” Giuliani, Christopher Krebs, “ It’s, Jocelyn Benson, David Boies, Al Gore’s, ” Boies Organizations: U.S, Republican, Democratic, Defense Department, HHS, White, REUTERS, Michigan, Electoral, Trump, Reuters, voters, Canvassers, Wayne, Republicans, CNBC Locations: WASHINGTON, DETROIT, Washington , U.S, Georgia, An Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Venezuela, Wilmington , Delaware, Detroit, Wayne County
“My daughter was born under Trump and I wanted her to witness the end of Trump,” he said. Biden had amassed a lead of 253 to 214 in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that actually determines the victor, according to Edison Research. Winning in Pennsylvania would give Biden more than the 270 electoral votes needed for him to become the next president. In Detroit, a few anti-racism protesters rallying behind the Black Lives Matter slogan entered an area cordoned off by police for Trump supporters on Friday. Among the Trump supporters was Kota Bermudez, a 22-year-old driver for online retailer Amazon, who said he was braced for disappointment.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, , Hannah McKay, Biden, Sean Truppo, , Trump, ” George Vosca, Marcia Vosca, he’s, Vosca, Alex Jones, Kota Bermudez Organizations: PHILADELPHIA, Democratic, White, Democratic U.S, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Republican, Biden, Trump, Philadelphia Convention, Electoral, Edison Research, Phoenix, Amazon Locations: Phoenix, Washington ,, Detroit, Michigan’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Madison, Michigan, In Arizona, Maricopa County
Biden supporters expressed heightened fears the Republican incumbent might not accept the election result if he were to lose. Many in Trump’s voter base, meanwhile, echoed his unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral tampering. “It’s like an up-and-down see-saw,” said Younker, a Biden voter. “Most of them are down in Philadelphia and you can’t trust those people any further than you can throw ‘em,” said Kerlin, a Pennsylvania Republican Party committee member. Judy Mowery, 60, a Biden voter from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, said she worried about violence between opposing political blocs regardless of the outcome.
Persons: Nathan Layne, Donald Trump’s, roiled, Joe Biden, Biden, , Jimmie Boyd, Boyd, , Anna Drallios, “ Count, America, Tanya Wojciak, Wojciak, Meira Harris, Enrique Tarrio, Tom Younker, Younker, Stanley Kerlin, Kerlin, Trump, Judy Mowery, ” Mowery Organizations: DETROIT, Republican, Democratic, Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, REUTERS, Trump, Biden, . Police, ” CNN, Edison Research, ” City, Law, Reuters, Local, Twitter, Pennsylvania Republican Locations: Harrisburg , Pennsylvania, Trump’s, North Carolina, , United States, Albania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Michigan, Cortland , Ohio, Oakland , California, Atlanta, New York City, Washington, Manhattan, , Ohio, McConnellsburg , Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Bethlehem , Pennsylvania
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