President Challenges Pennsylvania Election Result at U.S. Supreme Court
Dec. 21, 2020 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump’s campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 20, asking the U.S.’s highest court to throw out Pennsylvania State Supreme Court rulings that approved unconstitutional election conduct by Pennsylvania officials, according to an article by Jack Davis in Western Journal.
The U.S. President is suing Pennsylvania in order to reverse violations of its own state laws on elections, writes Davis, citing Fox News; violations which distorted the voting process prescribed by law in such a way, and to such a degree, that the final results were changed, and President Trump was defrauded of victory. Therefore, Rudolph Giuliani, the President’s attorney, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The new suit begins by quoting the Supreme Court decision in the famous Bush v. Gore case in 2000:
“Article II of the Constitution provides that ‘Each State shall appoint [electors for President and Vice President] in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.’ U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 2 (emphasis added). That power is ‘plenary,’ and the statutory provisions enacted by the legislature in the furtherance of that constitutionally-assigned duty may not be ignored by state election officials or changed by state courts.”
In October 2019, the Pennsylvania legislature allowed for “no excuse” mail voting for every eligible voter in the state, but retained long-standing validation and observer requirements to protect against fraud in voting by mail. In violation of that provision, the suit charges that Pennsylvania officials “altered or dispensed with, those significant ‘meaningful safeguards’ in the recent election,” the petition states. “Statutory requirements were eliminated regarding signature verification, the right of campaigns to challenge invalid mail ballots, mandates that mail voters fill in, date, and sign mail ballot declarations, and even the right of campaigns to observe the mail ballot canvassing process in a meaningful way,” Davis quotes the petition, and “Collectively, these three decisions resulted in counting approximately 2.6 million mail ballots in violation of the law as enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature.”
The motion of the President’s campaign seeks a speedy review, with response on Dec. 23 and oral arguments Dec. 24, in order for the Court to rule before Jan. 6, when Congress meets, asserting, “time is plainly of the essence because once candidates have taken office, it will be impossible to repair election results tainted by illegally and belatedly cast or absentee and mail ballots.”