Trump campaign will again ask U.S. high court to upend election results
By Jan Wolfe
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's election campaign said Sunday he would again urge the US Supreme Court to reject the results of the November 3 election. This is the latest long-term effort to undermine the electoral process and sow doubts about the legitimacy of the president-elect, Joe Biden's victory.
In a statement made by the campaign, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said the campaign had filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn three judgments from a Pennsylvania state court that interprets the state's rules on postal ballot papers.
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"The campaign petition seeks to reverse three decisions that removed Pennsylvania's legislature protection from electoral fraud," Giuliani said in a statement.
Giuliani said the filing seeks all "reasonable remedial action," including an order to allow the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature to give Trump the state's 20 electoral votes. Biden won the state with more than 80,000 votes.
The petition is "frivolous" and won't stop Biden from running for president January 20, said Joshua Douglas, professor of suffrage at the University of Kentucky.
"The court will close it quickly," said Douglas.
The Supreme Court on Dec. 11 dismissed a lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by Trump to release voting results for Biden in four states, including Pennsylvania.
Several high-ranking U.S. Republican Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have recognized Democrat Biden as the country's president-elect after the electoral college confirmed his victory and rejected the idea of overturning the 2020 presidential election in Congress.
It takes 270 electoral college votes for a candidate to win the White House. Biden won 306 of those votes against Trump's 232 and defeated the Republican president in the referendum with more than 7 million ballots.
Congress will count the votes on January 6th and Biden will take office on January 20th.
Trump has made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud and attempted to overturn Biden's victory but has questioned the outcome in court in several states while urging state officials, lawmakers and governors to discard the results and simply declare Trump the winner.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)
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