Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s complaint that observers weren’t allowed close enough to observe the electoral count in a state that provided a crucial 20 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
The 5-2 decision ruled that Pennsylvania counties could determine the particulars of election observers, and that state law only required they be ‘in the room’ when votes are counted.
The ruling came minutes after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared in federal court to allege a nationwide conspiracy of widespread voter fraud.
The state supreme court found that restrictions that Philadelphia election officials put in place ‘were reasonable in that they allowed candidate representatives to observe the Board conducting its activities as prescribed under the Election Code.’
Among the evidence cited were claims made in the campaign’s own witness statements, including by a lawyer who served as an observer and shared observations from inside a vote canvassing facility. The court’s opinion, which reversed a lower court ruling which was the Trump camp’s only significant victory, noted that the campaign’s ‘own witness’ provided testimony which contradicted the claim.
It said the restrictions ‘did not deprive’ the observer of the ability to observe what went on with the canvassing process in a meaningful way.
The legal setback snatched away the Trump camp’s lone win after filing a series of state lawsuits challenging actions by county election officials in states that went to Democrat Joe Biden.
‘You’d have to be a fool to think this was an accident,’ Giuliani said in federal district court in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
‘It’s a widespread nationwide voter fraud of which this is a part.’ Trump and his lawyers have yet to provide evidence of such a nationwide conspiracy – although they have increasingly pointed to voting machines that the president claims ‘deleted’ votes from him and ‘switched’ them to Joe Biden.
Giuliani did not raise complaints about voting machines in court, instead claiming Democratic-controlled counties didn’t allow Republicans to see ‘a single absentee ballot’ during counting.
‘I used to vote by absentee ballot a lot, because I traveled a lot,’ Giuliani acknowledged during his argument.
Giuliani traveled in person to make his case in court, amid chaos and drama amid the president’s legal team – with lawyers removing themselves from cases, a shakeup, reports of a legal ‘coup,’ and a report denied by Giuliani that the former mayor of New York is getting paid $20,000 per day.
Rather than cite case law, Giuliani described a conspiracy to rig the election with simultaneous actions in big cities located within states Joe Biden won, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to Detroit and Milwaukee.
‘The places it happened, it just all happened to be big cities controlled by Democrats,’ he said.
He even invoked the close 1960 election and the infamous Daley machine in Chicago.
He called Philadelphia ‘well known for voter fraud.’ Without evidence, he accused big cities of ‘holding back’ votes.
Federal district court judge Matthew Brann allowed Giuliani to talk at length as he wove together his scenario, even amid a string of individual legal defeats and having individual claims of dead people voting fall apart, including by a 94-year-old widow who told DailyMail.com she cast one of the ballots Trump claimed was submitted by a dead voter.