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Federal judge rejects Trump lawsuit to decertify Georgia results

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's effort to nullify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE's victory in Georgia, quashing yet another far-fetched lawsuit seeking to overturn the president's electoral defeat.

Following a hearing that was closed to the public Tuesday, Judge Mark Cohen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, an Obama appointee, rejected Trump's motion to force Georgia to decertify its 2020 election results. The court had not released a written order as of early Tuesday afternoon but said one would be forthcoming.

Trump filed the lawsuit against Georgia's governor and secretary of state on New Year's Eve, alleging widespread illegal voting in the sum greater than Biden's margin of victory of less than 12,000 votes. 

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Since the election, Trump has used unfounded and debunked claims of widespread voter fraud in key battleground states to mount a long-shot legal effort to try and undo Biden's victory. The attempts have met with little success.

So far, no court has been willing to accommodate his efforts to disqualify a state from the Electoral College tallies or swing the votes in his favor. 

The decision comes just days after Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to pressure him into recalculating the state's vote tallies in the president's favor, according to a recording of the call obtained by The Washington Post.

Trump's lawyer did not immediately respond when asked for comment.