A US District Court judge Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign trying to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania mail-in votes in a significant loss for the campaign, Politico and other news outlets reported Saturday.
Trump’s lawyers had pinned their hopes on the federal judge in Pennsylvania giving some credibility to their claim of voter fraud. Today, those hopes vanished after the judges devastating ruling.
Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania, refused to entertaining Trump’s attempt to overturn the popular vote for President-elect Joe Biden and dismissed the case.
“Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. 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 wrote Saturday, according to CNN.
Brann went on to admonish the Trump campaign lawyers for not presenting factual proof for seeking to invalidate so many votes in the key battleground state.
“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. That has not happened,” Brann added. “Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more,” the judge wrote.” At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”
All counties in the state are scheduled to certify their election results on Monday.