Lawyers for President Trump’s campaign reduced part of their federal lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania; however, they maintain irregularities with 682,479 votes that were “counted in secret”.
A Washington Post report revealed that the president’s defense filed a revised version of the lawsuit in which it eliminated the accusations that election officials violated Trump’s constitutional rights.
“The Washington Post forgot to read the complaint. False news. Vote monitors and the way they were treated are a very important issue in the complaint,” Trump said.
Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s campaign communications director, denied the WP and said the Pennsylvania lawsuit “still poses a problem with the 682,479 ballots”.
“This story is completely wrong. Our lawsuit in Pennsylvania still raises an issue of the 682,479 mail and absentee ballots that were counted in secret. To write that we had dismissed that argument, it is necessary not to read the amended complaint,” Murtaugh said following the WP report.
According to the U.S. newspaper, the new version of the complaint focuses on allegations that the Republicans were illegally disadvantaged because some Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to correct errors on their mail ballots.
Also in the amended complaint, the petition to U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results is maintained.
“Our poll watchers were denied the legal right to meaningful access to the vote count and we still have that claim in our complaint. We have retained our right to make these arguments,” Murtaugh said.
Trump’s lawsuit now focuses on allegations that the Republicans were illegally disadvantaged because some Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to correct errors on their mail ballots. The counties have said that this affected only a small number of votes.
In its revised complaint, Trump’s campaign again asked U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.
Trump’s campaign said Sunday night that the revised version still contains statements about the lack of access for observers in an introductory section. They claim that Philadelphia officials kept observers behind a barrier that was too far from the counting site.
They claim that officials applied too literal a reading of a state law that each party and candidate can have a representative in the room while votes are being counted.
“Philadelphia officials have asked the court to overturn a state appeals court order to allow Trump’s campaign observers to observe the count from six feet away,” the WP notes.
More Disagreements with Lawyers
The U.S. newspaper noted that when questioned by the judges handling the cases, two of Trump’s lawyers departed from suggestions that the election was stolen or fraudulent.
Last Friday, November 13, the WSJ also assured that “Trump abandoned a legal challenge in Arizona”.
The president’s campaign, along with the state and national Republican Party, filed a lawsuit last week in Arizona alleging that some in-person votes cast in Maricopa County were improperly rejected.
However, during the hearing, attorney Kory Langhofer made it clear that he was not alleging fraud but rather that the complaint was based on poll workers sending in ballots with errors that voters did not have the opportunity to correct.
In a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over hundreds of disputed votes in Montgomery County, a state judge repeatedly asked attorney Jonathan Goldstein if he alleged fraud. Goldstein responded by saying “everyone is coming to this in good faith”; and then he pointed out, “not to my knowledge,” in reference to the fraud on the 592 disputed ballots.
Although Biden has not yet been officially declared the president-elect, Trump announced the legal dispute based on irregularities in controversial states, and in some of them, alleged fraud.
It should be remembered that last November 10, the U.S. Attorney’s Office endorsed investigating any evidence of “electoral fraud”: “since voting in the current election is over, I authorize you to investigate significant allegations of voting and counting irregularities, prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions,” said Department of Justice Chief William Barr.