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Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit

A US District Court judge Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign trying to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania mail-in votes in a significant loss for the campaign.

Though the case was always extremely unlikely to succeed, President Donald Trump’s backers and legal team — and particularly his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani — had pinned their hopes on the federal judge in Pennsylvania giving some credibility to their suspicions of fraud and entertaining Trump’s attempt to overturn the popular vote for President-elect Joe Biden.

But Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania, refused.

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This was essentially the last major case seeking to throw out or block enough votes that could swing a key state in Trump’s favor, and Brann’s decision on Saturday is the 30th loss or withdrawal of a case from the Trump campaign and its allies since Election Day. There have only been two wins in court, about very small numbers of votes.

“Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated,” US District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote Saturday.

Brann went on to admonish the Trump campaign lawyers for not presenting factual proof for seeking to invalidate so many votes in the key battleground state.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens. That has not happened,” Brann added. “Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.”

“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. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more,” the judge wrote.” At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”

The counties in the state are scheduled to certify their election results on Monday.

The judge said any further consideration of this issue “would unduly delay resolution of the issues” regarding certification.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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  1. The key words here are a ‘factual proof.’ It’s hard to understand why his base continues to think that factual proof isn’t necessary when making far fetched allegations about our voting system.

    1. It’s hard because news agencies like cnn and KTVZ won’t show anything except anti trump stuff, like they did before he was elected and all that collusion and fake impeachment crap they made you buy into….remember that?

      1. Remember how many trump staffers ended up with felony records from “that?” His russsian colllusion was very real which is why the kgb bots still try to gaslight it years later, thanks for the example

        1. No- actually no one remembers any Trump staffers ending up with felony records for anything dealing with your Russia-Russia-Russia hoax. We do know this will never change no-matter how often you try to lie about it- it’s for the record………. “Kevin Clinesmith is the first current or former official to be charged in a special Justice Department review of the investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”…….. “Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a single false statement charge, admitting that he doctored an email that the FBI relied on as it sought court approval to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2017.” !!!!!!! The whole of the Steele Dossier- bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton has since been proven to be a red herring to distract the US media away from her e-mail scandal and the systematic fraud being initiated throughout US voting booths nationwide. Your so-called Russian Collusion was a scam initiated- enacted- and propagated by a complicit US media-the DNC-Hillary Clinton-Obama-and Joe Biden ! I might suggest that if these scandals continue to go unaddressed- that Americans will revolt- we are seeing huge and bigly rallies throughout the US in support of President Trump- while no-one is en-massing for your J-Biden !

            1. Nope ! I didn’t miss anything- but you sure as hell did- “June 24 2020- WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday directed a federal judge to drop a criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, handing the Justice Department a victory in the politically charged case.” !!! So- why on Earth do you feel compelled to disperse misinformation here on this website ? If you can’t keep up with the pace of the news cycles- maybe you should try another source ! Z21 has you seeing Russians in yer closet- China virus in yer soup- and a an Orange Haired boogeyman in your dreams !

        1. Impeached for what… A congratulatory phone call ? Seems Joe Biden has been on the phone taking such congratulatory phone calls- even though the Presidential status is not decided by the Electoral College until December 13th ! What kind of fraudulent behavior is this Biden character engaging in now- impersonating a US official on a global platform is a crime !

            1. Oh My- “TM” protected ! Looks like after 50 years in political office- Joe Biden has finally said something to rile his base ! Doesn’t change the fact that President Trump won the 2020 election- and is now going through the process of checks and balances to prove it ! Yer just gonna have to take a bit of your own medicine- swallow yer own words and…. “just shut up ! ™”

          1. You must have facts before you spew your words. Because without facts your words are nonsense. Do you know what a transition entails? Do you know when the incoming talk to world leaders? Obviously you don’t. Biden is doing what every new President does. Nothing more nothing less. As far as Impeachment being “fake”, he was impeached and it will go down in history as such. WH Mafia Don is a con man, liar and repulsive figure head. His destructive ways through his consistent lying akin him to a cult leader. You my friend are a mark.

          2. I totally agree with you. The left always wants to shut the truth down. Exactly why I will NEVER vote demon-crat again. We all know who wins in the end and in the end they will all go to hell for their actions. This is good VS evil.

      2. No. The judge didn’t get the evidence from CNN and KTVZ. He got it from the Trump legal team.

        The reason it’s hard is because their evidence is piss-poor. It might be enough to fool Joe Average on the Internet, but it’s not enough to fool a Republican judge.

        More people in this country hate Trump than love him. Given that, how did you expect him to win? Magic? Lies about fake votes?

      3. KTVZ has nothing to do with the election, we voted and if there is any evidence of fraud it needs to be presented in court! Not sure why you dummies can’t see it!

      4. He WAS impeached genius. Merriam Webster will now put a picture of Trump in their dictionary under LOSER. What’s even better is that as soon as this LOSER gets dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming, the state of New York is going to throw the book at him. He’ll be lucky to get spared jail time, and only lose every dime he has. And deservedly so.

      5. It’s hard because news agencies like cnn and KTVZ won’t broadcast the lies told by trump anymore, like they should have before he was elected, and all those collusion and impeachment facts that are now part of history and Trump’s “legacy”? Trump conned you into his delusion. Remember when you could tell fact from fiction?

        1. How much do you need ? “That” seems to be at issue here… just how many dead people voting- back-dated ballots- counts behind closed doors are you willing to accept ? I say none ! And that is where the left- CNN- and anyone repeating their messages differs from the US Constitution and our rule of law ! The evidence is clear- dead people voted- ballots were back-dated- signatures don’t match- ballot counting occurred in secret- ballot machines were defective or purposefully tampered with ! No argument there- just how far are you willing to break the rules to declare victory ???

          1. One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens. That has not happened,” Brann added. “Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.”

      1. LOL – Please use facts not conspiracies. As of yesterday (Sat Nov 21) WH Mafia Don’s legal team has LOST 33 law suits and won ONE. Affidavits are not evidence unless the person appears in Court and they are refusing to do that so……no evidence…..no facts…..no case. Biden won. Get.Over.It.

      2. Exactly. For the party that pulled the country through one fraudulent claim against President Trump after another you all know what fraud looks like better than the rest of the world. Lets drag their asses through the same crap for the next 4 years. I et we present REAL evidence instead of a bunch on fairy tales. I can’t wait.

      3. 200 affidavits with complaints like “poll workers were mean to me” or “I had to stand too far away” or…Some other BS born out of ignorance of the process or a willingness to cross the line of honesty to ingratiate oneself with a dictator wannabe.

        BTW, are these the servers you’re pitting all your pipe dreams on?

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/17/fact-check-story-army-raid-election-servers-germany-false/6313140002/

        Might want to order something more nutritious with that nothingburger.

    2. Some more GOP politicians are finally starting to come to their senses and ignoring Trump’s and Rudy’s lies; when they’re under oath in court they come up with noting. They two of them will keep lying to his gullible supporters so they keep sending him money, but it’s time for this to stop and for the GSA to permit the transition to proceed. Little Donnie can continue to throw hi temper tantrum and trick people out money if he wants to.

      Senator Toomey’s statement; Liz Cheney also called out Trump: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/release-toomey-statement-on-pa-federal-court-decision-congratulates-president-elect-biden

  2. please don’t attack the judge with cult Q speak – any calm, reasonable person would have dismissed that steaming pile of manure – mortifying that anyone would promote such heinous un-American behavior

    1. I can’t imagine what any educated person sees in this dictator. Oh, of course, that’s it, knowledge is only useful when combined with common sense. trump is nothing more than a cult activist. He definitely doesn’t rate leader. Its really sad that there are that many weak minded people that need a pathetic pos like trump to blindly guide them.

        1. Yeh- it’s probably the millions of people off unemployment- off food stamps- the hundreds of thousands of new businesses- blacks and minorities finally getting their voices heard (Prison Reform)- them American consumers who had no confidence in the US economy as gas prices tripled- them military families who always wondered when the never ending conflicts over-seas would end- most recently those people fearful of the China Virus… who now have four vaccines ready to hit the markets because of some Warp Speed program ! Yeh- them people probably find everything about “HIM” to be a con !!! Can’t wait to see if Joe Biden will win – and return to Washington and put a stop to all that “con” stuff… hope Hunter comes in tow too !

          1. Actually, it’s been studied. It’s not all that stuff.

            He has the ability to capture peoples’ emotional attention for seemingly indefinite periods. Hillary was not able to do that while speaking.

            He lies without shame with alarming regularity. None of his supporters care. What can I say–I don’t trust a guy who lies to me all the time. I just don’t like being snowed.

            And you know what else I don’t like? A guy with no respect for the Constitution. I can never support anyone like that, and I’m not sure how any American can.

            1. Authoritarians like Trump don’t let Constitutions stand in their way. They can “do anything” they want under their law of rule, with no oversight, no accountability, and no limit to the powers they can abuse. Ignoring subpoenas, replacing experienced, dedicated public servants with incompetent loyalists, calling for the prosecution and jailing of opponents/critics, lying repeatedly to the public to support false narratives, and overturning free elections are all just some of the new normals in Dictator Don’s playbook. There needs to be a reckoning for Donald and his enablers for the damage they’ve done to this country.

  3. Good decision. I can hardly wait for the Tweeter in Charge’s tantrum, although I would wish that instead he’s just admit that he lost. In the meantime folks, have a wonderful weekend in sunny Central Oregon. I am.

      1. I can’t wait for a President who does not wear makeup and his lawyer who hair dye (or mascara for sideburns) doesn’t run down his face. I can’t wait for Attorney General of NY to introduce herself to Trump as “KARMA”. Nice of you to joke about someone’s disability they have overcome. Go find your brain.

    1. Why would they ? Once again you haters that congregate here- group grope over conspiracy theories- cant stand the fact that President Trump knows exactly how to play the courts to his advantage. There is no reason to speak t the media- show their hand- play this out on CNN ! This will definitely go to the SCOTUS ! There is too much evidence of systematic voter fraud to allow for the likes of career politician with no record of accomplishment Joe Biden to just nap for 10 months and then suddenly find himself adored by 76 million Americans ! Does any of that sound realistic to you- nope- me neither ! Let the courts decide !

        1. So what’s to hate ? And be specific- cause I know of more than 73 million Americans (and counting) that argue otherwise ! I see massive rallies nationwide- especially in Georgia- in support of the President- no one outside of propaganda peddling media sources have said a word about J- Biden or Kommie Harris- as both seem to have gone into some kind of witness protection program- where are they ? Where’s Hunter ???

          1. “What’s to hate?” is probably the most insightful question I’ve ever heard you ask. From the echo chamber, all you hear is love for Trump and Trump Trains and rolling coal at BLM and watermelon jokes and all that fun stuff. But there’s more outside the echo chamber. A lot more.

            I do well no matter who’s president. And there are even a few things Trump has done that I’ve liked. Warp Speed? Hey, better late than never. Pushing NASA? Great! Increasing the standard deduction was the most progressive tax change that has been made in years, disproportionately benefiting the poor. Amazing stuff.

            But… he lies and lies and lies. He’s a top notch social engineer (that is, someone who snows large groups of people handily). And he disrespects the Constitution and the First Amendment in a massive way. I don’t want to live in an autocratic republic, and Trump has done more than any president in my lifetime to try to make that happen.

            The adulation and rallies for Trump are scary not only because it’s from a lot of people who don’t care what he does (e.g. Lafayette Square), but because it stinks of dictatorship. Liberals have a harder time stomaching that stuff. We don’t worship a person. A person isn’t America.

            You can choose Trump or America. But not both. Because Trump’s America isn’t America any longer.

            That’s why I hate him. I love the Constitution and America and the First Amendment. And he doesn’t give two s—ts about them. He only cares about himself, and he’d destroy the country in a heartbeat if it meant he could continue to get his ego stroked. Which he does at every rally.

            And I’m not alone, ’cause I know of _79_ million Americans (and counting) that feel the same as me.

        2. I’ve heard the same thing. I’ve even heard that many folks voted for the Biden/Harris ticket hoping that Harris will end up assuming the office of President during the next couple years or so due to Biden suffering age-related competency issues. Whether or not that happens is one of those “wait and see” kind of things.

      1. BGHW.. your BP must be going off chart. It cracks me up to hear you rant about HRC…old beat up mantra.

        Or maybe you are more like the Witch in the Wizard of Oz…. “I’m melting”

        There was no systematic voting fraud. Just get over it as you probably said when DT won in 2016.

        Go back to Rush and Tucker.

      2. Yep, you’re right, why would they when they don’t have any? And guess what, the majority of people have already decided and Trump lost. Isn’t it time for you to begin your Russian winter hibernation?

      3. “Why would they” show evidence? Trump and his leaking legal eagle Ghouliani brought the lawsuits in court. The onus is on them to present evidence in court of the harm they are alleging. Considering the fact that the lawsuit tally is 1 or 2 wins to 33 losses, doesn’t seem like Trump’s “legal fund/Leadership PAC” donors are getting much of a win for their money. Hope somebody does a study on what each changed vote (if there were any?) cost you marks of the continuing con. OF course, that would require an honest accounting. Guess that won’t happen.

        In the meantime, you need to do some research on American jurisprudence, comrade. Your ignorance is showing.

    1. Behind bars for what ? Bringing US troops home ? Creating the greatest economy America has ever seen ?? Providing ingrates like yerself with four different vaccines in less than 10 months (as promised) to fight the China virus attack ??? Some of you show up here with some of the most hateful- unhinged- and idiotic comments- I hope yer not taking yerself seriously !

        1. Be specific- what financial fraud are you speaking of ? Is it in line with the Clinton’s global recognized scam- “The Clinton Foundation” ? Is it anything like the Biden families Burisma Holdings affair- where Hunter Biden raked in Millions a month off his Daddy’s name- and skimmed off millions to keep “the big guy” happy ?? Are we talking financial fraud in the same manner as Obama- who took millions in campaign donations to prop insolvent solar companies- only to see them “all” go bankrupt before the Obama ended his term in office ??? Is that the kind of financial fraud that has you wetting yer britches- or is it “tax” stuff that bothers you- private information that has no mandatory disclosure laws- but you just gotta know cause CNN tells you “it’s important” ! Go ahead- have at it- enlighten us all to that financial fraud thing thats keeping you awake at night !

              1. Oh won’t that be interesting. The cabbies in Dublin all had really ‘nasty’ things to say about Trump and family last year. They don’t seem to be very well regarded in the land of green.

        1. You would be seriously hard pressed to back up your “dictator” comment with a single example of how this President has directly affected your life with an Executive Order or national mandate ! Now if you want to rage on about Governor Kate Brown- who has closed your stores- your library- your gym- your forests and parks- your schools- has told you how to dress- where you can go- and is now trying to put police into your home over the Holidays… you may be on to something factual !

      1. The positive Economy was a result of Obama’s work.
        How about the fact that he played down the pandemic and as a result more than a quarter of a million people have died?

        How about the fact that he knew Putin was offering money to anyone that killed a US soldier and he did nothing about it?

        How about him lying to us about building a wall that Mexico was going to pay and only building 3mi of new wall, the rest was a rebuilt?

      2. LOL – man you do not know how things work do you? Federal crimes could be in the future Jan 21st. I mean his past attorney is in Federal prison for doing exactly what trump did (remember individual #1?). NY and FL attorneys general are waiting in the wings. He had little do to with the vaccines – research vaccine development in the US and see it went back to Baby Bush and medical innovations, then Obama for production speed and delivery and now this idiot fronts $$ and puts a cutsey name of it “Warp Speed”. That is all he did. Do some research. Hateful comments are not hateful in this area. They speak truth to power. He is truly an idiot.

  4. All Govt is crooked. That’s the game. If you think you can wholeheartedly believe any of these people, you have been duped. It is always a guess as to who is the lesser of two evils. Ultimately, God is in control for His purpose.

    1. I suppose you still believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus as well.
      That’s the trouble with society now a days. Stop believing in fictional characters. Stand up straight, and be strong. Believe in yourself. Take the initiative
      to make a better world. Don’t just expect some snake oil salesmen to do it for you. Because he’s only going to benefit himself and leave you hungry.

  5. I hope the MAGA people here are sending as much money as they can. Sell your home, car and whatever and help save Merica. Trump and his family will be homeless soon and if you really care you will send the green.

    1. That’s the trouble they don’t care. Not about trump, they identify with him. However they just don’t have the nards to get in the front of the line. They just coward behind him and let him catch all the flack.

        1. When el presidente Trump attempts to overturn a free election and has shredded the Constitution during his time in office, sure sounds like it’s your cult god who is the one trying to turn our country into Venezuela. For him there is no rule of law – it’s the law of rule.

    1. Understand how it works. Courts – Appeals and SC do not take all cases. They must have merit and have legal standing. ALL of WH Mafia Don’s cases have neither. So far his record across the US is 33 LOSSES 1 WIN. ALL because of lack of evidence. Doubtful any higher Court will take the case. 92% of cases presented to the Supreme Court are not heard. You can hope but it is doubtful.

      1. Or he could step down and follow the will of the people, but youre right his party only succeeds by voter suppression and gerrymandering, need a minority supreme court for that yikes

  6. I suppose you still believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus as well.
    That’s the trouble with society now a days. Stop believing in fictional characters. Stand up straight, and be strong. Believe in yourself. Take the initiative
    to make a better world. Don’t just expect some snake oil salesmen to do it for you. Because he’s only going to benefit himself and leave you hungry.

  7. While “Wish” and the rest of the village idiots stand around with MAGA flags, make up garbage facts and have a thumb deep into each others conspiracy theories President Biden will be doing his job starting Jan 20. It’s called reality and some really need to face it!

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