Key actors in Donald Trump’s campaign vowed to take legal action against those who attempt to “steal” the President’s election, including a possible lawsuit at the national level.
The election has yet to produce an official winner, and in such a close race every vote counts. Key states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, are still counting the ballots, which has angered the Trump campaign because they see this as a way to turn the tide in favor of Joe Biden.
As expected, the Trump campaign filed a series of lawsuits on Wednesday. The goal of the lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania is to temporarily halt the counting of ballots until the campaign gains “meaningful” access to the process and the ability to review ballots that have already been opened and processed. Further lawsuits could also be brought.
“We will be looking very carefully at whether we can take this national…. Possibly we will file a national lawsuit and really expose the corruption of the Democratic Party,” said Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, during a briefing in Philadelphia on Wednesday. “This goes beyond anything I have seen so far.”
Giuliani added that the campaign will file a second lawsuit in Pennsylvania and a third in federal court to prevent the inclusion of “fraudulent” ballots in the state’s total number of votes. He pointed out that the campaign is not in a position to look at every single ballot and said it has a legal right to “observe” the counting of the ballots. Instead, the observers must be 20 or 30 feet away, Giuliani said, which means they cannot see if a ballot is properly stamped, addressed and signed-three points that could lead to disqualification.
“This is a concerted action by the crooks of the Democratic Party,” Giuliani said, calling the judge who ruled against their original complaint a “political hack.
Washington Newsday turned to the Democratic National Committee for its opinion, but did not return in time for publication.
The trump card is Biden in Michigan, 1 percentage point behind, while he is 5 points ahead in Pennsylvania. Giuliani also railed against the failure to announce the race in Pennsylvania. By Wednesday evening, 86 percent of the votes had been registered, and Trump had a 300,000 vote lead over Biden.
“How many votes do you need to be in front for a Republican to win here,” Giuliani asked.
However, this gap is expected to narrow when the postal ballots are counted. On Monday, Trump criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for allowing Pennsylvania to count the ballots three days after the election, a move that the president said would allow “rampant and uncontrolled fraud and undermine our entire judicial system.
Eric Trump, the president’s son, called the counting of ballots in Pennsylvania during Wednesday’s meeting “absolute fraud” and said filing a lawsuit was the “last thing we wanted to do” but the “rampant corruption” could not be tolerated. Like the Biden campaign, he remained confident that his candidate would take Pennsylvania.
The stakes are high in Michigan and Pennsylvania because if Biden takes these two states, he will get the 270 votes in the electoral college he needs to secure the presidency. The Trump campaign also aims to demand a recount in Wisconsin, a state Trump lost by less than 1 point, and Giuliani said a lawsuit will be filed there.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided to allow Pennsylvania to have its ballots counted three days after the election. On Monday, President Donald Trump criticized the court’s action, which was filed on October 19.