JUST IN: Federal judge in Pennsylvania dismisses the Trump campaign's central effort to stop certification of the statewide vote.
Story soon.
Key quote: "This Court has been presented w/strained
legal arguments w/o merit & speculative accusations, unpled in the...complaint & unsupported by evidence. In the USA, this cannot justify disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all voters of 6th most populated state."
Here's the link, belatedly, to Judge Brann's (fairly scathing) ruling.
Judge Matthew Brann said he hoped the Trump campaign would give "compelling legal arguments & factual proof of...corruption” in its suit to nullify Pennsylvania’s election.

Instead, he got "strained legal arguments w/o merit & speculative accusations."
After legal defeats in nearly all of the key swing states — Michigan, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin — Mr. Trump’s path to overturning the results of the election through the courts has all but vanished.
The PA suit was beset by legal challenges.
A week after it was filed, the Trump campaign was already on its third set of lawyers.
Then Giuliani joined & said in court last week, “This is not a fraud case."
Today, in a filing, Rudy misspelled the name of PA’s governor, Tom Wolf.

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20 Nov
I'll be following a hearing in Nevada challenging the vote in Clark County & seeking a new election there.
The Trump campaign isn't involved. Case was brought by a failed GOP candidate for congress Jim Marchant.
But if successful it could help Trump by delaying certification.
Lawyer for Marchant is objecting--in a highly unusual way--to a pro hac vice motion by lawyers for DNC saying this is a local case.
"This is not a matter of national interest," he says.
Marchant is also objecting overall to the DNC intervening in the case at all.
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19 Nov
In 15 minutes or so, a hearing will begin in federal court in Atlanta in a lawsuit seeking to halt certification of the vote in Georgia. Here’s a quick primer on the case.
The suit, filed by the lawyer L Lin Wood, alleges that the vote in GA was “suspect and tainted with impropriety” largely by how elections officials handled absentee/mail-in ballots.
Wood says the problems stem from an agreement reached in March b/t the GA secretary of state & the state’s Dem party which essentially strengthened the procedure for verifying mail-ins. He claims that agreement violated state law.
Read 69 tweets
19 Nov
NEW: Trump campaign voluntarily dismisses its federal suit in Michigan seeking to invalidate the Wayne County vote results.

This follows a voluntarily dismissal of a similar suit in Michigan yesterday.
The Trump campaign and its proxies have now lost or withdrawn from all of their major legal efforts in Michigan.

The Michigan Supreme Court is still considering an appeal by the campaign of a loss in a state suit that closely mirrored the federal suit that was dumped today.
Weird thing about the federal dismissal:
In the notice the lawyer notes--in what seems like a political not legal point--that the Wayne County Board of Canvassers declined to certify the vote. But the board DID certify the vote.
After, 2 GOP members tried to rescind their votes.
Read 5 tweets
18 Nov
I'm inside the courtroom now awaiting the hearing for Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and will be updating this thread live throughout the proceeding.

Here's our story from yesterday when news broke that US prosecutors were abruptly dropping the charges.

Today's hearing is unusual in that a federal judge, Carol Amon, has ordered the acting US attorney in Brooklyn to appear in court personally.

That prosecutor, Seth DuCharme, worked closely in Washington DC with AG William Barr before he took over the Brooklyn office.
It's impossible to know what Judge Amon will ask DuCharme but one imagines it'll be a version of the question, "What happened?"

Yesterday DuCharme sent the judge a letter, at 1st under seal, saying case was dropped b/c of "sensitive & important foreign policy considerations."
Read 16 tweets
17 Nov
NEW: Wow.
US Justice Department under AG William Barr is dropping charges against Salvador Cienfuegos, ex-defense minister of Mexico so that he can be charged in Mexico.

Federal judge in Brooklyn orders the unsealing of sealed papers presumably related to DOJ's decision to drop charges against Cienfuegos.
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17 Nov
It's official.
Rudy has been approved to appear in the Pennsylvania election case.
If all goes according to schedule, we're moments from beginning the hearing in Donald J. Trump for President v. Boockvar (the PA secretary of state).
A quick cast of characters:
The judge is Matthew Brann, who was appointed by President Obama in 2012. Before taking the bench Judge Brann was a lawyer in private practice and, interestingly, a Republican party official in Pennsylvania.
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