By Jan Wolfe
(Reuters) – A federal choose on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign that sought to throw out thousands and thousands of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania, dealing a serious blow to Trump’s flailing efforts to overturn his Nov. three election loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
U.S. District Choose Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the case as “strained authorized arguments with out advantage and speculative accusations.”
Brann added that he “has no authority to remove the proper to vote of even a single individual, not to mention thousands and thousands of residents.”
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 9, had alleged inconsistent therapy by county election officers of mail-in ballots. Some counties notified voters that they might repair minor defects corresponding to lacking “secrecy envelopes” whereas others didn’t.
The lawsuit had additionally initially alleged Republican observers have been denied entry to the counting of mail-in ballots, an assertion election officers dispute. The marketing campaign on Nov. 15 dropped claims referring to these allegations, however later requested so as to add them.
Brann had expressed skepticism of the lawsuit at a listening to on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Further reporting by Raphael Satter and Aram Roston; Modifying by Daniel Wallis and Dan Grebler)