President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s campaign on Friday lost its appeal in the legal battle to contest Pennsylvania’s already-certified election results.
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia upheld a previous ruling that dismissed the campaign’s case to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its election results showing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE winning the state.
The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that “the Campaign’s claims [of widespread voter fraud in the state] have no merit,” according to the court’s opinion.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, wrote in the 21-page opinion, according to the AP. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”
The three judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, determined that District Judge Matthew Brann’s order from last week was justified in rejecting the Trump’s campaign’s lawsuit.
But the Trump campaign has promised to appeal the case to the Supreme Court, The Associated Press reported. The campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThree Democrats call for investigation into Sidney Powell to move 'swiftly' Fox News bans Rudy Giuliani from appearing: report Alabama official dismisses Lindell claim that 100K votes were flipped from Trump to Biden: 'It's not possible' MORE has led the campaign’s efforts to spread unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in the election. But Friday’s opinion noted that when he argued in front of Brann last week, Giuliani said the campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” in the case.
Brann had issued a scathing ruling against the campaign last week, saying it presented "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations [that were] unsupported by evidence."
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’s opinion was released four days after Pennsylvania officials certified the state’s election results, with Biden defeating Trump by more than 80,000 votes.
The battle over Pennsylvania’s election results is one of several the campaign launched after Election Day, contesting the vote in swing states by alleging voter fraud. Biden is expected to win the Electoral College by the same margin of votes that Trump won by in 2016.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNavarro rips 'dimwit' Trump Jr. on 'The View' for COVID-19 and obesity tweet Do progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Biden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol MORE earned almost 80 million votes, more than any other presidential ticket in U.S. history. Trump would have to overturn the results in several states in order to retain the presidency, which is extremely unlikely.