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Ahead of Tuesday hearing, Trump campaign drops key part of Pa. lawsuit, report

By: - November 16, 2020 11:55 am

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Facing a Tuesday hearing in federal court, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has dropped a key part of its lawsuit seeking to block the certification of election results showing Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump to carry the state and put him on track to takeover the White House.

Trump’s legal team has dropped its controversial claim that 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots were illegally processed without observers watching, the Associated Press reported. The slimmed down lawsuit, filed in federal court on Sunday, still seeks to block the certification, and continues to argue that Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republicans, the AP reported.

Trump’s top legal adviser, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani repeated the claim about the ballots during a television appearance over the weekend, but declined to produce evidence to substantiate it. Twitter flagged posts about the claim as misleading, the Washington Post reported.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.