Coming Up Short in Hunt for Voter Fraud, Desperate Republicans Try to Pay For Evidence - 2020-11-13
Since before Election Day, lawyers representing President Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee, and right-wing advocacy organizations have been taking to the courts to throw up as many obstacles to voting as they can. After a record number of Americans cast their ballots anyway in early voting and on Nov. 3, the effort went into overdrive, with GOP lawyers attempting to invalidate millions of ballots, especially in liberal and heavily Black cities such as Detroit and Atlanta.
Trump's lawyers' unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud have resulted in "embarrassing rebukes from judges." GOP legal teams have tried to halt the counting of ballots in Detroit based on dubious "hearsay," falsely claimed that Republican observers weren't allowed to observe vote counting, and asked votes to be thrown out that, when pressed, they admitted were not fraudulent. On Nov. 13, the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur withdrew from a case it had filed just three days earlier alleging irregularities in Pennsylvania, and a Trump campaign lawyer in an Arizona case admitted to submitting into evidence lies and "spam" via affidavits it solicited from the public online.
The Trump campaign is even attempting to throw out the votes of hundreds of overseas military officers and their spouses in Nevada. The law firm that sent the complaint, Weir Law Group, may have violated the Privacy Act and United State Postal Service Rules when creating the complaint, according to Salon.