Georgia attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, who had sued for fraud in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, were denied an appeal by a federal judge on Friday to analyze Dominion voting machines in Georgia.
One of the things President Donald Trump claimed without evidence was that the Dominion Voting Systems voting machines were programmed to reverse votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden. Dominion has denied Trump’s claims. Powell and Wood have publicly stated that they agree with Trump’s allegations and have filed suit to prove the claims.
Powell filed a motion on Wednesday requesting the court to have some Dominion voting machines tested by Republican voters. Members of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals were unsure if they had the authority to review the appeal. On Friday, Powell entered a briefing in which he claimed mitigating circumstances would allow the court to rule on the appeal. Judge Andrew Brasher of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th District of Georgia dismissed the appeal later that day. Brasher was nominated for the court by Trump in 2019 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February.
“This appeal stems from a last-minute lawsuit alleging widespread electoral misconduct and seeking full exoneration,” Brasher wrote. Brasher decided, however, that his court was not competent to hear the appeal.
“Since we do not have jurisdiction, the appeal is withdrawn and the motion to
The liberal appeal is WAIVED,” concluded the verdict. “Since we must reject this appeal, the conditional counter appeal of the defendant is also DISCLAIMED. All other pending motions are denied with DENIED AS MOOT.
Brasser’s decision was the latest blow to the Trump campaign’s attempts to overturn the election results in Georgia. On Friday, after three recounts of the ballots, Georgia predicted that President-Elect Joe Biden had won the state election. According to the Associated Press, Biden received 49.5 percent of the votes of the Georgian population, while Trump received 49.3 percent.
Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for a comment.
On Friday the Trump campaign in Georgia filed a separate lawsuit to invalidate the state election results. This filing included affidavits from people involved in the electoral process in Georgia who claimed fraudulent activities.
“What was submitted today clearly documents that there are literally tens of thousands of illegal votes that were cast, counted and included in the tables that the Secretary of State is preparing to certify,” said Ray S. Smith III, lead Trump campaign attorney, in a Friday press release. “The massive irregularities, errors and potential fraud violate Georgia’s electoral law and make it impossible to know with certainty the actual outcome of the presidential campaign in Georgia.
In a statement Friday, Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said that despite repeated recounts, his office had found “no evidence of widespread fraud.