Trump’s big lie about 2020 results takes legal and political blows in major swing states

Trump and his conspiratorial supporters have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the problematic audit of the results of Maricopa County in Arizona, but whatever his final report, it will have no impact on the results of the 2020 election, as the election has already been certified. . Trump repeated his lies about the election at a rally in Ohio on Saturday night, but the beatings last week underscored the reality that their options for continuing to run in the 2020 election are narrowing.

“Our clear conclusion is that citizens must be convinced that the results represent the true results of the votes cast by the people of Michigan,” the committee, chaired by Republican State Senator Ed McBroom, said in its report. “The Committee strongly recommends that citizens use a critical eye and ear for those who have advanced patently false theories for their own personal gain.”

Then, in Georgia on Thursday, a judge dismissed most of a lawsuit that claimed fraudulent mail-in ballots were cast in Fulton County, the state’s largest county, in the year’s election. latest – a blow to pro-Trump plaintiffs’ attempt to conduct a face-to-face examination of nearly 150,000 mail-in ballots using powerful microscopes.

The judge dismissed seven of the nine claims in the lawsuit against Fulton County officials, allowing only the plaintiffs’ request for digital images of the ballots under the state’s Open Records Act. Biden has won the state by 12,000 votes, and Georgian officials have already audited the 2020 results three times, including a manual recount.

“Last year I told President Trump and others who push the big lie to ‘put up or shut up.’ It’s been six months and no evidence of wrongdoing has been produced. Enough is enough, this whole circus has to end, ”Robb Pitts, chair of the Fulton County Commissioners Council, said in a statement.

On the same day, Giuliani, who had been Trump’s personal lawyer and one of Trump’s closest allies in promoting lies about the 2020 election, was suspended from practicing law in the State of New York by an appeals court which found he had made “manifestly false and misleading statements”. on the 2020 elections.

In a disciplinary proceeding, the court found that “there is undisputed evidence” that Giuliani, the former Manhattan American attorney, “has disclosed patently false and misleading statements to the courts, to lawmakers and the general public in his capacity as an advocate for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failure for re-election in 2020. “

Giuliani’s “conduct immediately threatens the public interest and justifies a temporary suspension of the practice of law,” the court wrote.

Trump has spoken out against actions that question his lies about the 2020 election. He attacked his political opponents on Saturday in front of an Ohio crowd who chanted “Trump won” and released statements last week full of lies.

Targeting Michigan’s McBroom and State Senate Republican Leader Mike Shirkey, he included the phone numbers of both senators in a statement that read, “Call these two senators now and ask them to do what they want. must, or vote them for the dismissal of their functions! ”

In another statement, he complained about the Justice Ministry’s trial in Georgia: “In fact, it should be the other way around! VOTE of the AMERICAN PEOPLE in Georgia. ”

Of Giuliani, he said, “Can you believe New York wants to take Rudy Giuliani, a great American patriot, out of his law license because he fought what has already turned out to be a fraudulent election?

End of audit in Arizona

Another big moment could come when the results of the so-called Republican-commissioned audit of the State Senate and conducted by Cyber ​​Ninjas – a Florida-based company with no election auditing experience, run by a chief executive who advanced Trump’s lies about voter fraud on social media – are released.

The audit’s Twitter account tweeted Friday evening that “the examination and counting of papers is completed today.” And the individual hand count that spanned two races, the 2020 U.S. Presidential and Senate Contest, ended a few days ago, according to Arizona audit spokesman Randy Pullen.

But Arizona Senate Republicans have not said when their report will be released.

“Everyone is impatiently awaiting the result! Trump said in a statement Wednesday.

This, however, was another lie.

Trump’s most ardent supporters are awaiting the report of the audit findings – which will likely go first to Republicans in the state Senate, who will then determine how to release it.

However, experts in the conduct and auditing of elections and observers of procedures in Arizona have repeatedly stated that the Cyber ​​Ninjas’ methods are deeply flawed and could easily introduce errors into its final tally. These issues have made the audit findings more likely to be used as a propaganda tool by Trump supporters than a document that is taken seriously outside of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement – an adopted rallying cry. by Trump and his supporters.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor, kept a list of issues that observers on the grounds of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix noted.

Recent updates include: “unsafe cybersecurity practices” used by Cyber ​​Ninjas; lost ballots; and listeners writing directly to the original Maricopa County ballot box labels, which the Hobbs document notes “violates agreements and calls into question the reliability and integrity of all county records.”

Ministry of Justice targets Georgian law

Legal battles and audits are just one front in the ongoing struggle for the 2020 election. In Republican-led states including Florida, Georgia, and Iowa, GOP lawmakers and governors have already enacted new laws that will make voting more difficult. Republican lawmakers in Michigan, Arizona, Texas and other states are also proposing restrictive voting measures.

President Joe Biden’s Justice Department said on Friday it was suing the state of Georgia over its new restrictive voting law.

State law imposes new voter identification requirements for mail ballots, allows state officials to take over local election boards, restricts the use of ballot boxes, and criminalizes the act of voting. ” approach voters online to give them food and water.

Republicans had called the move necessary to boost confidence in the election after the 2020 election and Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated fraud allegations, but Democrats across the state called for the new law to remove voters and compared it to the voting laws of the Jim Crow era.

“These legislative moves came at a time when the black population in Georgia continues to grow steadily and after a landmark election that saw record turnout statewide, especially for postal voting, that the Black voters are now more likely to use than white voters, “Kristen Clarke, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said at a press conference. “Our complaint challenges several provisions of SB 202 on the grounds that they were adopted with the intention of denying or restricting black citizens equal access to the political process.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, issued a provocative statement in response to the department’s announcement, calling the trial “born out of the lies and disinformation the Biden administration pushed against Georgia’s law on the integrity of the elections from the start “.

Kemp accused the administration of “arming the US Department of Justice to carry out its far-left agenda which undermines the integrity of elections and gives the federal government the power to go too far in our democracy.”

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