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Federal appeals court rejects Trump’s challenge of Pa. election results

By: - November 27, 2020 3:33 pm

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has denied latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to challenge election results in Pennsylvania.

Friday’s ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms last week’s decision by a federal judge in Williamsport to reject the Trump campaign’s bid to stop or reverse the certification of election results in Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported.

Pennsylvania’s election results were certified by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday.

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In the 21-page ruling, Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, noted that the campaign’s claims of fraud “have no merit.”

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Bibas said.

Following the decision Friday, Jenna Ellis, a trump campaign attorney took to Twitter, claiming that the judicial system was covering up “the allegations of massive fraud” and announced that the Trump campaign would appeal the case to the United State Supreme Court.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.