A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that attempted to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, dealing another blow to the President’s narrowing legal options.
The dismissal of the lawsuit that had accused Pennsylvania officials of enabling voter fraud, has now opened the way for the state to certify President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s victory.
In rejecting the arguments made by President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann said the Trump campaign used the lawsuit to attempt to disenfranchise legally cast votes.
Giuliani had argued that Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballots procedures presented the opportunity for widespread fraud.
Judge Brann said in his ruling that the lawsuit was marred by “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations unsupported by evidence.”
“Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters,” Brann said Saturday. “This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated,” Judge Brann said.
“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens,” he added.
This was the 29th lawsuit by the Trump campaign that has been thrown out by the court.