During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Trump, a judge asked a campaign lawyer whether he had found any signs of fraud from among the 592 ballots challenged, the AP reports. The answer was no. "Accusing people of fraud is a pretty big step," said the lawyer, Jonathan Goldstein. "We're all just trying to get an election done." Trump has not been so cautious, insisting without evidence that the election was stolen from him even when election officials nationwide from both parties say there has been no conspiracy. On Wednesday, Trump took aim at Philadelphia, the Democratic stronghold that helped push President-elect Joe Biden over the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the race.
The president accused a local Republican election official Al Schmidt, of ignoring "a mountain of corruption & dishonesty." Twitter added a label that said the election fraud claim is disputed. Trump loyalists have filed at least 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania alone in an effort to reclaim the state’s 20 electoral votes. There is action, too, in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan. Legal ethicists and pro-democracy activists have questioned the participation of lawyers in this quest, as Trump clings to power and President-elect Joe Biden rolls out his agenda. "This may be an attempt to appease the ego in chief,” said a Loyola Law School professor. Untold voters, however, are accepting Trump’s claim about a rigged election and are donating to his legal fund.
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