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Trump campaign appeals Pennsylvania election defeat

PoliticsNov 22, 2020 10:20PM ET
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By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday appealed part of a ruling that clears the way for the battleground state of Pennsylvania to certify Democratic President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election.

In a court filing, the campaign asked the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann.

The campaign filed a suit earlier this month, asking Brann to halt the state from certifying the results.

Brann's ruling, issued on Saturday, described the case as based on "strained legal arguments" and "speculative accusations."

In a court filing, the Trump campaign said it was focusing its appeal on the "narrow" question of whether Brann improperly refused to let them amend their lawsuit a second time.

For Trump to have any hope of overturning the election, he needs to reverse the outcome in Pennsylvania, which is expected to certify its election results on Monday.

Brann had denied a request by the campaign to add back allegations it dropped from the case, including a claim that its due process rights were violated.

"NO AUTHORITY" TO BLOCK VOTES

Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all the state's electoral votes.

A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election, and Biden leads in the electoral vote count by 306-232.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday that Brann's quick ruling would help them get the case "expeditiously to the U.S. Supreme Court."

The lawsuit before Brann was filed on Nov. 9 and had alleged inconsistent treatment by county election officials of mail-in ballots. Some counties notified voters that they could fix minor defects such as missing "secrecy envelopes" while others did not.

Brann said in his decision that he had "no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens."

Brann, nominated by former President Barack Obama, is a Republican and, according to his biography, a member of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers, law students and scholars.

The Trump campaign and its supporters have filed dozens of lawsuits in six closely contested states. The campaign's only victories extended the Election Day voting hours at a handful of polling places in Nevada and set aside some provisional ballots in Pennsylvania, according to court records.

Attempts to thwart the certification of the election have failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.

Trump campaign appeals Pennsylvania election defeat
 

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Jessica Chattopadhyay
Jessica Chattopadhyay Nov 23, 2020 2:12AM ET
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trumps clan all say it is everyone else's fault they can never admit when they loose etc. this is so laughable that I laughed last year and still laughing
Mad Money
Mad Money Nov 23, 2020 12:17AM ET
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And we watched him lose third time
Costinho Mokoena
Costinho Mokoena Nov 22, 2020 11:32PM ET
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Bran is an obama asswipper puppet , he seems to be defending fraud that took place, the dominion machine stole votes n deleted vites in pennsylania, Supreme Court will overthrow joe biden
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Nov 22, 2020 11:32PM ET
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This is Obama’s fault too?? You guys are too much
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Nov 22, 2020 11:32PM ET
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Evidence please! This is getting boring.
Jessica Chattopadhyay
Jessica Chattopadhyay Nov 22, 2020 11:32PM ET
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trumps clan all say it is everyone else's fault
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 22, 2020 11:32PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  "This is Obama’s fault too??"  -- don't you know, everyting is Obama's fault!
Costinho Mokoena
Costinho Mokoena Nov 22, 2020 11:29PM ET
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Its a clear election fraud
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Nov 22, 2020 11:29PM ET
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Uh, yeah, whatever.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Nov 22, 2020 11:29PM ET
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Courts seem to be convinced it is not... In court you need proof, not just jelling it...
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 22, 2020 11:29PM ET
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"Its a clear election fraud"  -- clear to whom?  the voices in your head?
Sattar Langary
Sattar Langary Nov 22, 2020 10:46PM ET
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Just like a tenant who can't pay rent and tries to avoid eviction by buying time, lol
Mister Burns
Mister Burns Nov 22, 2020 6:00PM ET
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You can row a boat in all the trumper tears
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Nov 22, 2020 6:00PM ET
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And we will keep rowing it until it gets to the supreme Court.   which it will
Robert Cox
Robert Cox Nov 22, 2020 6:00PM ET
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Where it will get laughed out of the building.
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Nov 22, 2020 6:00PM ET
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Robert Cox with a conservative majority? ;)
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 22, 2020 6:00PM ET
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Tony Coll   even the republicans running the elections ad/or the gov & state legislatures in Michigan, PA, Georgia, and Arizona, when they are forced to do their jobs and make the call with the facts, they all decided to face reality and said the election results are valid......
David Hirsch
David Hirsch Nov 22, 2020 5:30PM ET
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He lost and in spite of his fraud accusations when they have gone to court Trump does not mention fraud. All that is left is the screaming
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Nov 22, 2020 5:30PM ET
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Yes those screaming faces. How well I remember them from 2016.  My bad,
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Nov 22, 2020 5:30PM ET
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Comrade Trumsky has been an illegal president since 2016....Finally the nightmare is over, the American people voted him out by a humiliating landslide defeat.
petr schicker
petr schicker Nov 22, 2020 5:04PM ET
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lets wait for the court hearing like civilized people
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Nov 22, 2020 5:04PM ET
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Thank you. The last time I checked we are still a nation of laws. Except for Portland. Okay that was mean.  Lol
Yelen Shim
Yelen Shim Nov 22, 2020 4:39PM ET
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losers cry.
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Nov 22, 2020 3:49PM ET
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Democrats=Demons
Yelen Shim
Yelen Shim Nov 22, 2020 3:49PM ET
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Winning demons...
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Nov 22, 2020 3:49PM ET
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Christians cannot be Democrats. It is literally impossible. Democrat is slang for Demons...as they destroy family, push euthanizations of offspring, and push deviance of reproductive activity, eliminate Prayer, push feminism, etc. simmply immpossible.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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You lost mate, looks like everyone is confirning it... Get over it. Go golfing.
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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Mate you clearly don't have much background in constitutional law and the role played by the supreme Court of the United States
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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As Winston Churchill said the biggest threat to democracy is a 5 minute conversation with the average man on the street
Me comment
Me comment Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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Neither do you as you need evidence when arguing before the supreme court and in all of Trumps case none has been present. The Supreme court doesn't waste their time with frivolous actions.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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milena villa escobar  You are getting boring, show evidence or go back to your basement.
graeme hughes
graeme hughes Nov 22, 2020 3:37PM ET
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milena villa escobar  At least Wiston Churchill gracefully accepted defeat in the 1945 election, shame the orange one doesn't take a leaf out of his book!
 
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