Election 2020 US Updates: Giuliani revises Trump campaign challenge in Pennsylvania

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Election 2020 US Updates: Giuliani revises Trump campaign challenge in Pennsylvania
Election 2020 US Updates: Giuliani revises Trump campaign challenge in Pennsylvania

The Trump campaign’s new lead attorney, Rudy Giuliani filed court papers to catch up with the unsupported claims he laid out in a U.S. District Court one day earlier, alleging an “illegal scheme to favor Joseph Biden over President Donald J. Trump.”

Giuliani returned to a claim that had been removed from the campaign’s election challenge — alleging that Trump campaign volunteers could not “meaningfully observe” the vote count, which the campaign said violated the Equal Protection clause because in-person voters were subject to greater scrutiny than mail-in voters. Just one day earlier, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an opinion rejecting outright the claim that observers were deprived of their chance to watch the vote count.

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In the newly amended complaint, the Trump campaign asks Judge Matthew Brann to stop Pennsylvania from certifying results from a range of mail-in ballots and instead “compel (the state) to certify the results of the election based solely on the legal votes.” Barring that, the Trump campaign wants Judge Brann, to declare the election results “defective,” and allow the Republican-led state legislature to choose the state’s electors, which is contrary to Pennsylvania’s Constitution.

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The Trump campaign also asked the court to give them “access to the outside and inside envelopes for the approximately 1.5 million mail ballots at issue” so they can “examine these envelopes to determine the percentage of mail ballots which were illegally counted.”

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Giuliani submitted multiple versions of the new complaint — the first one pock-marked by typos and entire sections he struck out an hour later. Both included vitriolic language directed at “Democratic counties” and the Pennsylvania government, mirroring his language in press conferences over the past two weeks.

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