U.S. President Donald Trump will go ahead with lengthy legal challenges after losing to last week’s Democratic president-elect, Joe Biden. Republican officials at the state and federal levels will line up behind him.
The day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr asked federal prosecutors to investigate “significant” allegations of irregularities, Pennsylvania Republican state politicians demanded an audit of the state’s results.
In the months leading up to the election, Trump made repeated claims and continued to make baseless allegations over the past week without providing evidence that he would be harmed by fraud.
Judges have thrown cases in Michigan and Georgia, and experts say Trump’s legal efforts are unlikely to change the outcome of the election.
But Mitch McConnell, a former Republican and Senate majority leader in Congress, rallied behind Trump, saying, “Trump has 100% the right to investigate allegations of irregularities, without a single citation of evidence.”
The controversy slows down Mr Biden’s preparations to run for office, as Trump has not yet appointed the head of the office where the election results were allegedly approved.
Biden won Saturday by more than 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to run for president.
He led Trump in the popular vote this morning with 4.6 million votes.
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The bar’s directive to prosecutors prompted the resignation of a senior lawyer who oversaw a voter fraud investigation.
Barr told prosecutors yesterday that “hypothetical or distant claims” should not be the basis for the investigation and that his letter did not indicate that the Justice Department had found voting irregularities affecting the election results.
But he said he was empowering prosecutors to make significant allegations about voting irregularities and ballot counting.
Richard Pilger, who has served as director of the Electoral Crimes Branch for years, said in a domestic email that he resigned after reading “the new policy and its changes.”
The former Justice Department, designed to prevent the federal government from interfering in the election campaign, had discouraged clear investigations “until the dubious election is over, and its results are attested, until all the figures and the election are over.”
The Biden campaign said Mr Barr was inspiring Trump’s fraudulent allegations.
“These are claims that the president and his lawyers are failing every day, because their cases are being laughed at one after another,” said Biden’s senior adviser, Bob Berr.
Mr Barr’s predecessor, Republican Alberto Gonzalez, told CNN that the timing of the bar memo was “very unfortunate” because it gave the impression that the Justice Department was using it for political purposes.
“If you ask me, do I think I have seen evidence of widespread fraud to a degree that could upset the outcome of this election? No, no, ”said Gonzalez, who served under former President George W. Bush. .
The Republican is loyal to Trump
Although few Republicans have called for Trump to be accepted, the president has so far borne the support of prominent party leaders to congratulate Biden.
Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit yesterday to prevent Pennsylvania officials from witnessing Biden’s victory on a battlefield led by Biden, which garnered more than 45,000 votes.
It alleges that the state’s mail-in voting system violated the U.S. Constitution by creating an “illegal dual voting system” in which individual voting is subject to more oversight than mail voting.
The lawsuit was filed by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bouquar and election boards in Democrat-leaning counties, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
MS Booker’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The latest filing of the Trump campaign is another attempt to oust the legal vote, ”Democrat Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote on Twitter.
Pennsylvania State Representative Don Kiefer calls for a statewide legislative audit of election results.
Mr. Biden, who has begun his transformation work in the White House, will later be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit backed by the simple administration, arguing that the Border Health Act, popularly known as the Affordable Care Act, will give the current speech to overturn it.
Trump and Republicans have repeatedly called for the repeal of a law passed in 2010 under President Barack Obama.
In 2012 and 2015, the Supreme Court overturned previous challenges. The court now has a 6-3 conservative majority after Trump’s third nominee, Amy Connie Barrett, confirmed it last month.
As Mr Biden begins work on his transition, his team is considering legal action over a federal agency’s delay in acknowledging his victory against Trump.
When it is clear who has won, the General Services Administration usually identifies a presidential candidate, so the transition of power can begin.
But that has not yet happened, and the law does not specify when the GSA should operate.
Emily Murphy, the GSA administrator appointed by Trump in 2017, said a spokeswoman said “a winner is clear”.
Meanwhile, a government spokesman said a phone call had been arranged between Taoist Michelle Martin and Mr Biden.
A tweet sent by Martin this afternoon was “sent incorrectly”.
Deleting from the tweet, Martin said: “US President Elect completed a very good call with Joe Biden.”
Additional Reporting Paul Cunningham
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