Breaking: US Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit
A US federal judge has dealt a new blow to President Donald Trump’s long-shot bid to reverse the results of the disputed presidential election held on November 3.
According to Press TV, US District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit which sought to overturn the results in the state, calling Trump’s legal claim a “Frankenstein’s Monster.”
Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede defeat in the election and mounted multiple legal challenges to reverse the results in several key states. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, was declared the projected winner by the US media.
However, his campaign’s efforts have so far met with little success in the courtroom or on the ground.
The court decision paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Biden’s victory there, which is scheduled to take place Monday.
Brann described the case as “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations,” adding, “This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” Brann wrote.
“Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”
In response, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement he was disappointed with the ruling, adding, “Today’s decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court.”
Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College votes, which decide who takes the White House, by 306 to 232, according to media reports.
The Electoral College is set to formally vote on December 14, with certifications to occur beforehand.
States’ certification of results of their popular votes is normally routine following a presidential election in the United States.
However, Trump’s refusal to concede has complicated the process and raised concerns that he could cause long-term damage to American voters’ trust in their voting system.