President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state’s election results.
Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judges' assessment that the “campaign’s claims have no merit.” The three judges on the panel rejecting the appeal were all appointed by Republican presidents. including Stephanos Bibas, appointed by Trump.
“Voters, not lawyers, choose the president. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,” Bibas said in the opinion, which also denied the campaign's request to stop the state from certifying its results, a demand he called “breathtaking.”
Read on for full reports, and view a timeline of steps remaining to finalize the presidential election for 2020.
- All states must certify their results before the Electoral College meets and any challenge must be resolved by Dec. 8. Trump's lawyers face a closing window for legal challenges.
- The Electoral College meets Dec. 14.
- The next president takes office Jan. 20.
Trump has said he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the race as it did in 2000, when its decision to stop the recount in Florida gave the election to Republican George W. Bush. On Nov. 5, as the vote count continued, Trump posted a tweet saying the “U.S. Supreme Court should decide!”