October 24, 2023
Trump’s D.C. Election Challenge: Battling Federal Obstacles
In a move that could potentially set off a flurry of legal challenges, President Donald Trump has filed an appeal against a federal judge's decision to allow a lawsuit to go ahead against him. The case, which was originally brought forward by the Women's March and two pro-democracy organizations, accuses the president of obstructing the November 2020 federal elections.
The lawsuit, which was filed in D.C.’s Federal District Court, alleges that Trump violated the Constitution by pressuring state officials to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and refusing to accept the legitimate results. According to the lawsuit, the president also sought to hinder the vote count by suing Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the election results.
The case is likely to be the first of many as President Trump continues to fight against the outcome of the 2020 election. On Monday, the president filed an appeal in an attempt to have the case dismissed. Trump's legal team argues that the lawsuit has no basis in federal law, as it is the states’ responsibility to manage their own elections, and that Trump has no ability to overturn the outcome.
The case is one of a handful of legal challenges that the president has mounted in the wake of the 2020 election. Last month, Trump's attorneys filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to overturn the certification of Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania. The Court denied the petition. Trump's attorneys have requested that the case be heard in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, although their request has yet to be granted.
Trump's legal team is also arguing that the Women's March and the two pro-democracy organizations have no legal standing to bring such a lawsuit in the first place. The legal team is also pushing for the judge overseeing the case to recuse himself, citing his past work for the Obama administration.
The president and his legal team have continued to challenge the results of the 2020 election, despite having no evidence to prove their allegations. With the filing of the appeal, the courts will now have to determine if the president's challenge has merit.