President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has filed a petition to participate in a Pennsylvania federal lawsuit that will have its first court hearing on Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania lawsuit has evolved over time and has seen attorneys for the Trump campaign come and go. The current iteration alleges that certain counties in the Keystone State, particularly Democratic-leaning counties, wrongfully intervened by reviewing mail-in ballots for deficiencies and then notifying the voters so that they could fix or “cure” those deficiencies by voting provisionally on Election Day or by getting a replacement mail-in ballot.
The federal litigation also contends that other Republican-heavy counties did not allow the deficient ballots to be cured. The campaign is arguing that there was disenfranchisement across the state and is seeking to have an emergency order issued that would prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the Nov. 3 election.
The amended lawsuit also claims that the Trump campaign was not granted “meaningful access” to the counting process for hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots.
“Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties alone received and processed 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by the political parties and candidates,” the Trump campaign’s team wrote in the amended complaint. “These are unprecedented numbers in Pennsylvania’s elections history.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a target of the lawsuit, has asked the court to dismiss the case. She hit the allegations of electoral misconduct lodged by the Trump campaign as “at best, garden-variety irregularities.”
The lawsuit has also been a revolving door of lawyers. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur withdrew from representing the campaign on Friday after facing public scrutiny for its representation of the Trump team. The law firm declined to comment further on the matter when contacted by the Washington Examiner.
Lawyers Linda Kerns, John Scott, and Douglas Bryan Hughes withdrew from the lawsuit on Monday.
Mark Scaringi, who is also a radio show host, notified U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann that he was joining the lawsuit. He requested a delay for the Tuesday hearing, but Brann said in his order denying the motion that both parties “are expected to be prepared for argument and questioning” at the Tuesday hearing.
Giuliani said on Fox News Tuesday morning that he thinks that the Pennsylvania lawsuit could go all the way to the Supreme Court and acknowledged that his team might lose in the lower court.
“We are prepared in some of these cases to lose, and to appeal, and to get it to the Supreme Court,” he said.
“The most important thing is this will be our first established vehicle on the way to the Supreme Court,” the former mayor added, noting that the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Michigan is also a potential means to reach the nation’s highest court.
The hearing is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. EST at the Williamsport federal courthouse.
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