Donald Trump’s ultimate barrage of election prosecutions, which he again touted Thursday in a nationally-deceitful speech, is “baseless” and “absurd,” which amounts to little more than a desperate effort to confuse the voters in a contest he has already lost.
Or at least that’s what seasoned GOP lawyers, none of whom were Trump supporters but who have served Republican presidents or helped candidates win in litigation against an outclassed Democratic Party over the years , told the Daily Beast.
Trump’s campaign spent Thursday fighting to overturn COVID-19 restrictions that prevented his official observers from approaching more than 25 feet from tellers in Philadelphia, a key city whose votes seemed likely to deal a fatal blow to his candidacy. He even got an order that briefly interrupted the count as city officials wondered if and how to scale their operations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. But the tally continued after the city appealed the ruling and a federal judge refused to get involved Thursday night.
Meanwhile, a Michigan judge has launched a similar lawsuit over official “challengers” at counting stations, while a Georgia court has dismissed bizarre allegations involving 53 ballots in the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.
Lawyers for the president’s re-election have also filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court in an attempt to block “illegal votes.” At a press conference, Trump’s proxies regaled reporters with stories of people allegedly receiving more than a dozen mail-in ballots at their homes, voting corpses, and living people allegedly relocating of SIlver State but who had always sent out ballots.
But the remarks were misleading, according to a longtime Nevada Republicans lawyer.
“Ninety-nine percent of electoral fraud allegations are a total of BS and noise,” said Las Vegas-based attorney Daniel Stewart, who served as counsel for the ex-governor of the GOP. Brian Sandoval and former Republican leaders in the Nevada State Legislature.
Stewart explained that most of the anecdotes cited came from the primary in June, when local Clark County officials mailed ballots to active and inactive voters, which led to thefts from addresses where several people had signed up over the years. But Stewart noted that, had the kind of mass fraud alleged by the GOP occurred, the state would have witnessed a massive increase in inactive voter turnout.
It never happened.
Stewart told the Daily Beast that he changed his personal record from GOP to unaffiliated in August in response to what he described as “Trump’s constant attacks on the integrity of elections,” although his business continues. to work for Republican candidates and interests.
He acknowledged that many people have left Nevada this year after the pandemic shut down the entertainment industry. But he claimed that in order to prove the fraud, Trump’s team would have to show that these people had officially changed their residence by doing something like registering to vote in another state. Likewise, with deceased voters, the campaign would need to prove that people died before they voted.
He further noted that the 10,000 case number announced by the campaign resembled former Vice President Joe Biden’s advantage in the state at the time the complaint was filed. The Democrat’s advantage has since grown even further.
“I think it’s incredibly unlikely that there is any evidence of any substantial numbers, or numbers, that would change the breed,” he told The Daily Beast.
This fundamental question of evidence – and in particular scale evidence that would invalidate tens of thousands of votes in multiple states or stop a tally in favor of Biden – has come up in every conversation of The Daily Beast with senior lawyers in the GOP.
“Give me the kind of cause a police officer can take action on: real reasons to think something is wrong,” said Stuart Gerson, a veteran of the late President George HW Bush’s presidential campaign and the Department of Justice. Justice who briefly served as Acting Attorney General under the President. Bill Clinton. “While Trump’s lawyers cry fraud, they provide no evidence of fraud.”
Another anti-Trump conservative, Gerson is attached to an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in favor of allowing Pennsylvania to count spoiled ballots on election day. In an interview with The Daily Beast, he argued that the campaign’s efforts to bring its inspectors closer to the vote counters on time were just a ploy to tie the process together and force it to pass the legal deadline on Friday, thus preventing a large number of ballots going towards the totals.
“The request is absurd,” Gerson said. “They are trying to prevent the counting of legitimately cast votes, which the voters cast under the terms of the law as it has been laid out to them.”
Gerson further noted that the reason the tally has extended so far beyond Election Day is the fault of the Keystone State Legislature, which his party members dominate, and which refused to pass legislation allowing the opening of postal ballots before Tuesday morning.
Charles Fried, solicitor general to former President Ronald Reagan, has been a little more generous to the campaign’s calls to bring his observers closer to the counting process. He admitted that such reasoning was “plausible” because historically campaign agents have been allowed to oversee the vote count.
What wasn’t plausible, he argued, was that it would make a difference.
Trump is already hopelessly behind results in Michigan – the other state where he fought in the courts to bring his supervisors closer to dropout workers – and his small lead in Pennsylvania was almost certain to wipe out in the form of a Philadelphia deep blue collar and others. Suburban counties counted the votes that arrived before election night. (Those received since have been the subject of litigation that has already been decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, although they could be the subject of additional lawsuits. Until then, they are not included in the official sum. .)
“It’s garbage,” Fried said. “None of this will change the outcome if they win.”
The prosecution is just a public relations exercise, Fried argued: an effort by Trump to deny and delegitimize his failure to secure a second term. According to the Harvard Law School professor, the current situation is simply the continuation of a pattern of deceptive and frivolous litigation by Trump, who, as a private citizen, has brought or threatened lawsuits against figures ranging from Merv Griffin to Rosie O’Donnell going through the hip. hops artist Mac Miller to his own ex-wife.
“The strategy is to raise so much dust, raise so much smoke, so that you can say that the election was stolen,” Fried said. “He’s the kind of guy who kicks his golf ball and claims that’s where it landed. That’s what he’s doing here. Sure enough, Trump insiders previously told the Daily Beast that the president’s approach to electoral disputes is essentially to make life miserable for Democrats.
In his Thursday night speech, Trump showed no sign of giving up his legal fantasy.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “I have a feeling the judges are going to have to decide.
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