Federal judge rejects Trump campaign lawsuit in Wisconsin
A federal judge has rejected President Trump’s election lawsuit in Wisconsin, the latest in a series of legal blows dealt to the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the 2020 results.
U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig dismissed the suit, according to The Associated Press, finding that the president’s arguments “fail as a matter of law and fact.”
The rejection came as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was hearing arguments from a Trump attorney in a state case during a rare Saturday session.
Judge Brett Ludwig, following an almost daylong hearing on Thursday, has tossed the last current federal case w/the Trump campaign as the named plaintiff.
He starts his order by saying, “This is an extraordinary case.” pic.twitter.com/QCJ3A9c7px
— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) December 12, 2020
The president sought to toss out more than 220,000 absentee and early in-person ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties because, the campaign alleged, proper requests were not made for the ballots and clerks filled in missing information.
A circuit judge ruled on Friday that the argument did not have merit.
The defeat comes one day after the Supreme Court rejected a suit from Texas seeking to overturn Biden’s win in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan. The suit had the backing of 18 Republican state attorneys and 126 U.S. House Republicans.
Despite many legal defeats, the president’s campaign and his allies have signaled that they will press forward with additional lawsuits.
“We’re not finished,” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday. “Believe me.”
Meanwhile, the Electoral College will meet on Monday to cast its votes and finalize Biden’s victory. The president-elect won 306 electoral votes compared with Trump’s 232.