President Donald Trump’s lawyers, who are engaged in lawsuits in various battleground states where they hope to overturn the results based on allegations of voter and ballot fraud, received a heavy blow last week after a federal judge in Pennsylvania shot down their attempt to stop the state’s certification of votes.
According to The New York Post, while the ruling was certainly a setback, the Trump campaign struck back immediately, filing an appeal to the lawsuit’s dismissal, and the court the federal circuit court granted the request for expedited review as of Monday morning.
The efforts to appeal the decision, which was handed down by Republican federal judge Matthew Brann on Saturday, couldn’t come at a better time, as many counties in Pennsylvania are certifying their votes on Monday, with some of the largest areas, like Philadelphia, expected to certify on Monday night.
In Trump’s Pennsylvania lawsuit, the president’s lawyers were arguing that election officials purposely violated the equal protections clause by letting voters who had submitted improperly filled-out ballots to fix the problematic ballots. The lawyers argued that the same courtesies were not available in the Republican-heavy counties in the state.
Because of that, Trump’s lawyers called for millions of ballots to be invalidated — a request that Judge Brann strongly opposed, which was made clear in a statement he released concerning his ruling, writing that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”
According to the Associated Press, Brann slammed Trump’s legal team for not presenting even a fraction of the evidence required to make such an historic ruling.
“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,” Brann wrote, before adding, “That’s not happened.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar had argued that Trump’s lawyers lost similar cases elsewhere as a basis for arguing that isolated ballot issues shouldn’t lead to disenfranchising potentially millions of voters.
Only time will tell if Trump’s lawyers receive a second chance at making their case, or at the very least, buying enough time to give them even a remote shot at success.