Trump’s lawsuit, filed on New Year’s Eve, was his latest attempt to reverse the results in a key state won by President-elect Joe BIden. However, the state’s first filing in this case comes amid an explosive scandal surrounding Trump’s attempt to privately pressure Raffensperger to accept his fraud claims and “find” thousands of additional votes to reverse the result.
The legal mandate was also tabled when Trump took the stage in Georgia on the eve of the Senate runoff elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Trump wasted little time before attacking Kemp and Raffensperger at the rally designed to fuel David Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler’s Senate campaigns to further tackle the presidential election results.
“I’ll be here in a year and a half,” said Trump, “and I’ll fight your governor and your crazy foreign secretary.”
Trump has alleged unfounded widespread fraud and misconduct by election officials, which he repeated on his hour-long call to Raffensperger on Saturday, despite the secretary vigorously pushing back and denying his claims. Since the tape of her extraordinary appeal was published on Sunday in the Washington Post and in the Atlanta Journal constitution, Raffensperger has also conducted television interviews defending his handling of the November 3rd electoral process. The letter from Monday evening reinforced his arguments.
“The people, the secretary and the governor have all fulfilled and fulfilled their obligations under Georgian and federal law – as well as the … duly certified presidential elections,” the state’s letter said.
With Trump and his supporters filing about 60 lawsuits in various states and getting almost no relief, the new submission from Georgian officials contains few legal arguments in free form. Instead, after Trump’s claims were emphatically denied, the short strings cite from the numerous court decisions – many from Trump officials – and dismiss the earlier challenges.
The US District Court judge Mark Cohen has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday morning on the Trump campaign suit and the plea for emergency aid. However, the judge accused the president’s lawyers of failing to take up the case sooner.
“Although the plaintiffs’ attorney could have requested an immediate hearing over the past holiday weekend and received a hearing from the district judge on duty, the attorney did not do so.” Cohen wroteWhile Trump notes the case should be challenged to the Supreme Court by Wednesday, it is the day that Congress will gather to count the votes.