A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign over 宾夕法尼亚州‘s voting procedures on Friday, paving the way for the issue to escalate all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Despite Trump’s lawyer, 鲁迪朱利安尼, arguing to a lower court that widespread voter fraud occurred in a state where President-elect Joe Biden won by over 80,000 票数, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said “the campaign’s claims have no merit.”
The Trump campaign has the option of asking the U.S. Supreme Court for emergency injunctive relief, which would go to Justice Samuel Alito, who would then likely ask his eight colleagues to weigh in.
“The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud. We are very thankful to have had the opportunity to present proof and the facts to the PA state legislature. On to SCOTUS!,” 珍娜·埃利斯（Jenna Ellis）, Trump’s attorney and campaign adviser, said in a statement on Twitter after the court ruling.
Friday’s ruling upheld U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann take on the Trump campaign’s error-filled complaint, which Brann said was “like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together.”
The three judges on the panel were all appointed by Republican presidents.
“Free, 公正的选举是我们民主的命脉. 不公平的指控很严重. 但是，将选举称为不公平并不能做到这一点. 指控要求具体指控，然后证明. 我们都没有,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee and former law school professor, wrote in his ruling.
The decision is the latest blow to Trump’s efforts to prove the election outcome in several battleground states where he lost were “操纵。”
Giuliani held a public hearing alongside Trump on Wednesday and alleged that Republicans were denied the opportunity to observe the canvassing process, with Trump claiming they have “hundreds and hundreds of affidavits” of witnesses’ personal stories to back their argument up.
然而, the so-called proof has not been presented during numerous court hearings, with judges repeatedly ruling against the Trump campaign.
In addition to Pennsylvania, Giuliani claimed that similar schemes also took place in Michigan, 威斯康星州, 内华达州, Arizona and Georgia.
福克斯新闻’ William Mear contributed to this report.