The legal move appears to limit the number of votes that the federal lawsuit is about to a few thousand or less. Officials in suburban Philadelphia, Montgomery, said at a trial earlier this month that they believe 93 ballots were “cured”.
With President-elect Joe Biden running nearly 69,000 votes ahead of Trump in Keystone State, the number of ballots healed seems likely too few to matter. However, the revised version of the Trump campaign federal court lawsuit continues to seek a court order preventing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar from confirming the statewide election results for the president.
The Trump campaign continues its legal claims regarding election observation issues in state courts. Trump had some success on this front, winning a contract in Pennsylvania that allowed some observers to get close to the ballot papers as they were being counted. The City of Philadelphia appealed the decision to the state’s Supreme Court.
U.S. District Court judge Michael Brann has made oral statements on the federal trial for Tuesday and an evidence hearing for Thursday, but state lawyers said in a judicial filing Saturday afternoon that the tightening of the suit makes the case so weak that these court sessions don’t seem necessary.
“The existing problems with state law should be resolved by the Pennsylvania state courts,” argued attorneys for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Josh Shapiro and the Kirkland & Ellis law firm on behalf of Boockvar. “Although the secretary does not believe that a hearing is necessary to waive the plaintiff’s allegations and claims, the secretary’s attorney will appear and be prepared for the argument scheduled for Tuesday … if the court continues to intend To hear arguments. “
The move came on the same day that Trump sent out a tweet appearing to admit his defeat before taking it back a little over an hour later.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Sunday that Trump was “sarcastic” when he initially said of Biden: “He won because the election was rigged.”
While Trump’s litigation over the election has made little headway, the president on Sunday insisted that more lawsuits be revealed, suggesting they would be more spectacular than those already before the judges.
“Our big cases, showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 elections and outrage over things done to change the outcome, are coming soon!” the president wrote on twitter.