Trump to join voter-fraud hearing at Pennsylvania hotel with Giuliani

  • President Donald Trump is expected to join Rudy Giuliani at a hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday for a Republican-organized hearing into baseless voter-fraud allegations in the state, multiple news outlets reported.
  • Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s victory Tuesday.
  • The event is said to be the first of several in battleground states designed to undermine Biden’s victory.
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President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Pennsylvania on Wednesday to address a Republican-organized event promoting baseless allegations of voter fraud in the state, Axios and CNN reported.

A source told Axios the plans might still change, but the visit would be just Trump’s first trip outside the Washington, DC, area since losing this month’s election to Joe Biden.

Sources told Axios and CNN that Trump was expected to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at a hotel in Gettysburg to meet with the state’s Republican-led Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss alleged “election issues and irregularities.”

State Sen. Doug Mastriano requested the meeting take place amid the Trump campaign’s refusal to give up its court challenges against Pennsylvania’s election result. The battleground state officially certified its result Tuesday, with Biden defeating Trump by 80,555 votes and securing its 20 Electoral College votes.

The event is said to be the first of several planned in battleground states designed to undermine Biden’s victory in the election, CNN reported.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney working on the Trump campaign, said the outgoing president’s legal team would not “back down” despite state officials certifying Biden’s victory.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” Giuliani said in a statement reported by Bloomberg.

“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.”

Trump and his campaign continue to insist, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud led to his defeat earlier this month, and Pennsylvania has been at the center of their baseless claims.

Speaking after Pennsylvania certified its election result, the Biden campaign advisor Bob Bauer said: “It’s readily apparent to everyone besides Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Jenna Ellis that this election is over and that Joe Biden won resoundingly.”

He added: “Trump did everything he could to disenfranchise voters and stop the results from being certified in Pennsylvania, including filing over 15 unsuccessful lawsuits — most recently producing one of the more embarrassing courtroom performances of all time, with the judge in the case ruling that their arguments were ‘without merit’ and ‘unsupported by evidence.’

“Trump did not succeed in Pennsylvania and he will not succeed anywhere else.”

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