Rudy Guiliani To Lead Trump’s Election Lawsuits After Successive Losses In Court, Sharpiegate Lawsuit Dropped
When President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia on Friday, putting him over 300 electoral votes, that was not the only event to help solidify his victory. That same day, President Donald Trump was handed legal defeats in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan, setting him even further back on his attempt to win a second term. Following these losses, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was put in charge of the president’s election lawsuits going forward.
The news is not well received by many members of the president’s campaign. Trump aides and advisers have been frustrated with Giuliani’s role in the the president’s legal battles, and especially after the former New York City mayor’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping fiasco where he gave a press conference next to a porn store, many are questioning his competence.
This string of legal defeats prompted Trump to appoint Giuliani to take over this fight after lawyers from the Ohio-based law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur abruptly withdrew from a federal lawsuit they filed only days before on Trump’s behalf in Pennsylvania. Not too long after, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld Pennsylvania’s three-day extension for the deadline to accept mail-in ballots, despite the president’s effort to throw out those received after the initial deadline. Two additional courts in Montgomery County and Philadelphia County denied the Trump campaign’s request to invalidate ballots that together totaled 8,927 votes.
In Arizona, a lawyer for the Trump campaign dropped the “Sharpiegate” lawsuit which claimed that some ballots cast for Trump were invalidated after voters in Maricopa County were asked to use Sharpie pens that caused the ink to bleed through the ballot. And in Michigan, the state court judge denied an emergency motion filed by two Republican poll workers who had asked him to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County.
Despite the series of defeats for the president, he seems determined to keep fighting in court.