Trump Lawyers Withdraw On Eve Of Key Hearing In Pennsylvania Election Case

Nellie Chapman
November 17, 2020

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign switched up its lawyers in the case Monday evening.

Milwaukee County Election officials say a potential recount of Wisconsin's election results could cost upwards of $7.5 million.

The campaign still contends in the lawsuit that hundreds of thousands of ballots weren't properly processed.

A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay. The president's campaign's lawsuit claims counties' inconsistent practices violated constitutional rights of due process and equal protection under the law and resulted in the "unlawful dilution or debasement" of properly cast votes.

The Trump campaign isn't making that claim on the hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots, however. Several heavily Democratic counties allowed voters to "cure" otherwise disqualified mail-in ballots, such as when a ballot was missing a signature.

'Trump's Legal Path to Overturn the Election Results Appears 100 Percent Dead, ' proclaimed U.C. Irvine professor of law and political science Rick Hasen, an election law expert, on Twitter Monday. Trump has refused to concede.

The Milwaukee County Board of Election Commissioners met as a County Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the November 3 election at 9 a.m. on Monday.

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Cliff Levine, a lawyer representing the Democratic National Committee, which is seeking to intervene, said it's unclear how many voters were given the chance to fix their ballot and that there is nothing illegal about it.

Even if it succeeds, the revised Pennsylvania suit, which faces a hearing Tuesday on the state's motion to dismiss, may not challenge enough ballots to flip a state that Biden is now carrying by more than 68,000 votes.

If ordered, county officials would have 14 days to complete a recount, making the deadline December 1.

They told Brann that other counties could have permitted their voters to fix problem mail-in ballots, but chose not to. So, does it really make a difference if another lawyer comes in?

The suit names Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the election boards of seven counties as defendants.

That's significantly more than the 2016 recount, which was requested by Green Party Candidate Jill Stein because election officials must plan for other factors that weren't present that year including more space to allow for social distancing, security for recount sites, and a large number of absentee ballots. Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has said that ballot watchers from all parties had observers throughout the process and that "any insinuation otherwise is a lie".

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