Court rejects Trump appeal of Pennsylvania election results

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 27th, 2020 1:58 pm
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Last Updated Nov 28th, 2020 at 7:43 pm

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an appeal from the Trump reelection campaign to undo the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.

The panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Pennsylvania's election results were certified in favor of Joe Biden last week. A Pittsburgh judge halted the process until Friday's hearing on Wednesday.

The court said that the filing "doesn't plead fraud," despite Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giulani publicly claimed widespread fraud impacted the election results.

The campaign had argued in its lawsuit that mail-in ballots had been handled differently in counties that were predominately Democrat compared to those that leaned Republican. It also said that some poll observers had been unfairly restricted.

The court rejected those claims.

"Calling an election unfair does not make it so," the 3rd Circuit's opinion read. "Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here."

Jenna Ellis, another lawyer with the campaign, said in a tweet on Friday that the campaign plans to take the case higher.


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