President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani filed a case in the Supreme Court in what seems to be a last effort to try to plead his case of election fraud.
The Trump campaign wants the Supreme Court to consider rulings concerning mail-in voting rules like whether election observers can challenge ballots as they are being counted and their access to the vote counting process, and whether mail-in ballots should be thrown out because of small issues like a missing address or date on the outer envelope.
Giuliani´s file argues that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the authority to impose those rules, which liberally interpreted laws set by the Republican Party majority Pennsylvania legislature, because Article II of the U.S. Constitution says presidential electors should be appointed “in such manner” as the state legislature directs, a legal argument that a Trump-appointed federal judge has already shot down.
Though the campaign notes that changing the voting rules “contributes more to the appearance of fraud,” the case does not make any specific allegations or provide any evidence of voter fraud.
Even though Pennsylvania’s electors have already cast their votes for Biden, Giuliani’s file argues the case will not be moot and the results could change until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, and threatened there will be “disruption…if the uncertainty and unfairness shrouding this election are allowed to persist.”
The Trump campaign and its Republican allies have already lost more than 50 court cases seeking to overturn the outcome of the election, many of which made similar arguments to the new petition.
Election law experts immediately dismissed Giuliani´s petition to the Supreme Court as “ridiculous” and projected the Supreme Court will not take the case.
“This is another doomed attempt to change the results of this election. It will not change the results of this election,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote on Twitter Sunday. “I’m on it.”