Trump Legal Team Pressing Legal Challenges Into Januaryn
President Donald Trump’s legal team is reportedly is moving full steam ahead with courtroom election challenges that are now expected to continue into January.
Tuesday marked the “safe harbor” deadline, historically accepted as the date by which all state-level election challenges — such as recounts and audits — are supposed to be completed.
But Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, representing Trump in his bid to overturn the election results, said the courts will look at challenges into next month, well past that deadline, the Washington Timesreported.
“Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg recognized in Bush v. Gore that the date of ‘ultimate significance’ is Jan. 6, when Congress counts and certifies the votes of the Electoral College,” they said in a statement, the news outlet reported.
“The only fixed day in the U.S. Constitution is the inauguration of the president on Jan. 20 at noon.”
Ellis reiterated that message on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.”
"Although we have the safe harbor deadline today, and we have the meeting of the Electoral College next week on Dec. 14, the ultimate date of significance is Jan. 6,” she maintained.
According to The New York Times, there are lawsuits left unresolved in Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Of the three federal lawsuits still unresolved, two are in Wisconsin and one in Arizona, the news outlet reported.
There's also a petition before the United States Supreme Court involving an appeal of a state lawsuit in Pennsylvania; that suit addresses whether election officials were permitted to accept ballots up to three days after Election Day if they were postmarked by Nov. 3, the Times noted.
The New York Times reported that after California’s certification of its votes on Friday, Joe Biden will have secured more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become president.
But the president and his legal team have assailed the election results, alleging widespread and systemic voter fraud and massive errors in the tallying of a record number of mail-in and absentee ballots.
Those ballots were used more than ever this election cycle as a response to fears that requiring in-person voting would expose Americans to the coronavirus.