Did President Trump undermine the courts
USA: Trump fights against election results - again slips in court
Donald Trump wanted to invalidate millions of votes. But the US president has suffered setbacks in several states. One Republican is now speaking of a "banana republic".
The incumbent US President Donald Trump suffered further defeats in his fight against the election results. Two courts dismissed lawsuits brought by him and his Republican allies. Even his fellow party members from the state of Michigan dismissed him. Trump is now hoping for the Supreme Court and another recount of the votes in the state of Georgia.
In the US state of Pennsylvania, Trump may have wanted to invalidate millions of postal votes. He also wanted to stop the certification of the final results. Both of these were rejected by a federal court on Saturday with hard-line reasons: Trump's lawyers had only submitted "tried legal arguments of no value" and speculative allegations without evidence, wrote Judge Matthew Brann in his decision. The arguments of Trump's lawyers would not even have been enough to invalidate the vote of "a single voter," wrote the judge. "Our people, our laws and institutions demand more."
"Biden won the election"
A Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, said the president had now exhausted all "plausible" legal action to challenge the outcome. Even in the face of other legal defeats, it is now clear that his Democratic challenger Joe Biden has won the election. Toomey joined a handful of Republican senators who have already admitted Trump's defeat.
Rudy Giuliani: Trump attorney has announced plans to contest election results in a number of states. (Source: AP / dpa)
Trump's attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said, however, that the rejection of the lawsuit in Pennsylvania will enable them to go to the Washington Supreme Court more quickly. Of the nine judges there, six are considered conservative, three of whom were appointed by Trump. However, experts consider it very unlikely that Trump's lawyers will be successful there with their far-reaching and barely substantiated lawsuits.
Trump has no evidence
In Pennsylvania, Biden had prevailed over Trump by a good margin and thus secured the state's 20 electorate. US media count Biden 306 voters, significantly more than the majority of 270 votes necessary for victory. Trump still refuses to admit defeat, claiming that the November 3 election was fraudulent. However, because he has not provided any conclusive evidence, judges have already dismissed several of his lawsuits. According to the news channel CNN, Trump and the Republicans have now lost around 30 trials.
Donald Trump: The incumbent continues to refuse the handover. (Source: Evan Vucci / AP / dpa)
Maryland Republican governor Larry Hogan described Trump's fight against the election results as increasingly "bizarre" and embarrassing. The US was once a respected leader in free elections around the world, "and now we're starting to look like a banana republic," said Hogan on Sunday in an interview with the CNN news channel. "It's time to stop the nonsense," said Hogan, who had criticized Trump several times in the past.
"Massive numbers of fake votes?"
In the state of Georgia, Trump requested another recount of the votes on Saturday, his campaign team announced. He was able to do this because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points. Trump's lawyers said they wanted an "honest vote count" that included signature comparisons and other important safeguards. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "We will find massive numbers of fake votes."
Counting of votes in the US election: So far, investigations have not revealed any significant cases of election fraud. (Source: AP / dpa)
Georgia had already checked the ballot papers herself. Then Biden's lead over Trump shrank from around 14,000 to 12,670 votes, as the certified results showed. Biden won the votes of the 16 electorate in Georgia.
Judge Steven Grimberg in Georgia on Friday dismissed a conservative attorney's lawsuit seeking to stop legalizing the election results. The court also dismissed the plaintiff's attack on absentee ballots. Granting the injunction sought by the plaintiff would "create confusion, undermine public confidence in the election and potentially expel more than a million Georgia voters," it said.
Republicans are critical of Trump's course
Trump was also unlucky with another strategy: Republican MPs and senators from the state of Michigan invited by him to the White House spoke out against attempts to use legal tricks to alter the election results. The Republicans said on Friday that they had no information yet that could change the election result.Joe Biden is to rule the White House from January 20, 2021: Trump continues to block the orderly transition. (Source: AP / dpa)
They would therefore "follow the law and normal process" in appointing electors, said Majority Leaders of the Senate and the Pennsylvania 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." Biden had won in Michigan by a clear margin.
Trump's unusual meeting with the Republicans had fueled fears that he would press them to change the outcome of the normally more formal steps of notarization. However, US media cited lawyers who stressed that such a move would never have stood up in court, even with the consent of the local Republicans. Joe Biden is due to be sworn in as the new president on January 20th.
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