Trump campaign files appeal after Pennsylvania judge shoots down lawsuit

Federal court rejects challenge on Pennsylvania

BREAKING: Obama-appointed judge dismisses Trump's Pennsylvania lawsuit, stating it lacks compelling legal argument

He still leads with 306 electoral college votes against 232 for Donald Trump, and the popular vote still shows Biden in the lead.

On Saturday, US District Judge Matthew Brann, a Republican appointed by Democratic former President Barack Obama, dismissed a similar effort in Pennsylvania, writing that the case presented by Trump's lawyers claiming voter fraud amounted to "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations".

Rick Hasen, a law professor at University of California, Irvine who writes about election law, said Brann's decision marks a "dead end" for the Trump campaign.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign that aimed to block certification of the state's election results unless it tossed out tens of thousands of mail-in ballots, rejecting the "startling" request due to a lack of evidence.

"If President Trump ultimately does concede, I think there's a parallel to 1960", Cox said, referring to his grandfather's unsuccessful presidential bid in 1960 when he lost to Democrat contender John F Kennedy.

With recounts and lawsuits coming up short, Trump has pressured Republican-led state legislatures to throw out the vote totals and declare him the victor.

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On Saturday, the Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party wrote to the state board of canvassers asking it to adjourn for 14 days to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, which includes the majority-Black city of Detroit.

With that in mind Trump invited MI legislators to the White House on Friday, hoping that an Oval Office meeting would persuade them to set aside the popular vote favoring Biden by more than 154,000.

Dozens of such tweets by Trump and his minions have been flagged for bogus claims, forcing many of them to retreat into new extremist echo chambers where they recycle conspiracy theories to each other.

Trump has rarely appeared in public since his electoral loss, but has not given up on his provocative Twitter campaign.

Trump took part in a virtual summit of the 20 biggest world economies and then went to play golf at his club in Sterling, Virginia.

Attempts to thwart certification of vote tallies have failed thus far in courts in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.

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The president-elect's chief of staff also spoke on the difficulties of the transition, without acknowledgment of the election results by the General Service Administration's Emily Murphy and Trump's willingness to concede.

North Dakota senator Kevin Cramer on Sunday defended Trump's insistence on ensuring the election was fair, but added on NBC that it is "past time to start a transition", adding, "I'd rather have a president who has more than one day to prepare".

State's Republican Governor Brian Kemp formalized the state's slate of 16 presidential electors.

A defiant Donald Trump again falsely insisted he "won" reelection in his first public appearance for a week on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the United States president appeared increasingly isolated over his long-shot bid to stay in power.

Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said that audits can not be conducted until after certification because officials do not have legal access to the documents needed until then.

Twitter flagged the tweet as containing claims of election fraud that are disputed.

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Last week, a Biden transition official confirmed to TPM that the President-elect has a new "confirmations team" dedicated to the Cabinet appointment process.

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