Appeal court dismisses Trump camp’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania

Appeal court dismisses Trump camp's lawsuit in Pennsylvania
The court ruling is a major setback to Trump campaign. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: A US federal appeals court has firmly rejected President Donald Trump’s campaign’s lawsuit to block Joe Biden from being declared winner in Pennsylvania.

The court deemed the lawsuit was without merit, saying the Trump campaign had not made specific allegations or provided proof.

The ruling of the three judges panel is another major setback for Mr Trump in his attempts to overturn the 3 November election.

He said on Thursday that he would give way if Mr Biden was declared the winner, but on Friday the president again made unfounded and unproven allegations of “massive voter fraud”, tweeting: “Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained.”

What did the appeals court rule?

Trump campaign asked the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a lower court’s decision to dismiss the attempts to invalidate millions of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania.

The lower court ruling had paved the way for Pennsylvania, one of the key battleground states, to certify Joe Biden’s win, giving him 20 vital electoral college votes and effectively the presidency.

Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in giving the appeal court’s opinion: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so.”

Judge Bibas, who was nominated by Trump, wrote: “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

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