Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021

Fresh blow for Donald Trump as appeals court dismisses 'election fraud' lawsuit

Donald Trump’s hopes of remaining in power have been hit by a fresh blow after a federal appeals court dismissed his voter fraud claims in Pennsylvania.

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that Team Trump’s claims of fraud ‘have no merit.’ President Trump is now set to bring the case to the US Supreme Court, in a last-ditch attempt to stop Joe Biden taking over from him as president in January.

The three judges on the panel behind Friday’s ruling are all Republicans, with one of them appointed by Trump himself.

That judge, Stephanos Bibas, wrote: ‘Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here’

Speaking after Friday’s ruling Trump attorney Jenna Ellis made further claims her boss was the victim of a cover-up.

She wrote: ‘The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud. We are very thankful to have had the opportunity to present proof and the facts to the PA state legislature. On to SCOTUS!’

The appeal’s court upheld US District Judge Matthew Brann’s prior decision to ignore Trump’s complaint, which he said ‘like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together.’

Trump’s complaint centers on claims that his supporters were not allowed to watch votes being counted in Pennsylvania.

His legal team have alleged that votes for Joe Biden were fraudulently added on to the final total, and have also asserted that voting machines used in the elections were rigged against him.

But the president’s lawyers have yet to present solid proof to back up their evidence. Pennsylvania was officially called for Biden last week.

The Democrat president-elect won the state back from Trump, who flipped it from Democrat blue to Republican red in the 2016 presidential election.

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