Trump Plans to Attend Pennsylvania GOP Lawmakers’ Election Hearing With Giuliani

Trump Plans to Attend Pennsylvania GOP Lawmakers’ Election Hearing With Giuliani

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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November 25, 2020

President Trump on Wednesday is planning to join his personal attorney and head of his campaign’s legal team, Rudy Giuliani, and travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to attend a GOP-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing to discuss the recent issues regarding election irregularities.

The hearing trip to Pennsylvania was not listed on Trump’s public White House Daily Guidance schedule as of early Wednesday, and officials stated this trip is subject to change. According to a source, the trip is being handled as an unplanned “off the record” movement.

State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Chambersburg) requested the hearing committee amongst GOP Senate lawmakers to discuss reports he has heard since Election Day amongst thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system, and concerns whether their vote was counted.”

“Elections are a fundamental principle of our democracy – unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system. It is unacceptable,” Mastriano said. “Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system, and concerns whether their vote was counted. We need to correct these issues to restore faith in our republic.”

The meeting organized by the Pennsylvania state Senate GOP is scheduled to be conducted at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg.

The Trump campaign in a statement Tuesday along with Pennsylvania, two other GOP-led legislatures states that Biden won — Michigan and Arizona will also hold public hearings in the upcoming days regarding the issues plaguing the 2020 election and to provide “confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”

“The first hearing, held by the Pennsylvania State Senate, will be conducted Wednesday, November 25th, in Gettysburg, PA, where each participating Senator will give a five-minute opening statement followed by testimony from witnesses who have filed affidavits attesting to 2020 election fraud. The hearing will also feature a presentation from former New York City Mayor and Personal Attorney to President Trump, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in the statement.

Wednesday’s event is expected to include opening statements from the state senators as well as testimony from witnesses alleging fraud, in addition to Giuliani’s presentation.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” Giuliani said in a statement. “And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures, and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election.”

It is not clear if Trump will make a statement at Wednesday’s hearing.

On Tuesday, the Keystone State certified the presidential election results, confirming President-elect Joe Biden the official winner and awarding him 20 electoral votes. Nearly 7 million ballots were cast in total with Biden receiving 50.01% or 3,458,229 of the votes to Trump’s 48.84% or 3,458,229 votes.

Over the weekend, a Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed Trump’s legal attempt to block the state election results by Monday’s deadline, calling their legal reasoning behind its Equal Protection claim a “Frankenstein’s Monster” and dismissed their case with prejudice. Giuliani filed an expedited appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit following the federal court judge ruling.

The appeal filed Monday did not ask an appeals court to reverse the federal judge ruling or temporarily block Pennsylvania counties’ certification of votes, instead the legal team asked for a second amended lawsuit. The federal court in his Saturday’s ruling barred Trump’s legal team from bringing their case to be heard again.

However, the Appeals court gave the Trump campaign another legal blow Monday evening, rejecting their appeal of ruling from the lower court. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephanos Bibas said in a court filing the Trump legal appeal was “summarily dismissed for lack of standing, as there is no injury-in-fact.” The motion asking for a judge to place a restraining order on Pennsylvania certification of election results was swiftly filed Monday after their appeal was rejected with another appeal is currently pending a review.

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Mona Salama

Mona Salama