The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Friday an attempt from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign to undo the result of Pennsylvania’s presidential election.
The court opinion marks the latest loss for Trump, who has refused to concede the election to President-elect Biden and is falsely asserting that he won the race.
The panel of judges said the Trump campaign offered no evidence of any election fraud. Instead, the court declared “the campaign’s claims have no merit.”
The appellate court’s decision affirmed a federal judge’s ruling from a week earlier, which denied the Trump campaign’s request to block the state from certifying that President-elect Joe Biden won its election.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee and former law school professor, wrote for the three-judge panel.
The case had been argued last week in a lower court by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who insisted that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania.
Giuliani had argued on behalf of the Trump campaign in the case before U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He has led the Trump campaign’s charge in the court of public opinion; spreading unproven claims of widespread voter fraud that he asserts tipped the outcome of the election.
The 3rd Circuit called that decision justified. The three judges on the panel were all appointed by Republican presidents. The ruling comes four days after Pennsylvania officials certified their vote count for President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state.