Trump To Travel To Pennsylvania To Join Giuliani At GOP Hearing On Voter Fraud Allegations

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President Donald Trump will travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, multiple outlets have confirmed, where he will join his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee “hearing” to discuss allegations of fraud related to the 2020 presidential election.

Key Facts

CNN broke the story overnight Tuesday, noting the hearing was not on Trump’s public schedule, and that the planning was being “handled internally as an unannounced movement.”

Early Wednesday, Fox News confirmed the president’s travel plans include a trip to the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) set up the hearing (which is not being formally administered by the Pennsylvania legislature) and invited several other Republican lawmakers. 

“Elections are a fundamental principle of our democracy – unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system,” said Mastriano. “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.”

The event is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m., although it is not yet known what time Trump will arrive, and it is unknown if Trump will speak at the event. 

Key Background:

The trip to Pennsylvania will be the president’s first time leaving the Washington, D.C.-area since Election Day. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that some of Trump’s aides had “tried to talk him out” of attending the meeting. Some of the president’s advisers “were kept in the dark about this, underscoring how disjointed the president’s team has become in the two weeks since Nov. 3,” Haberman reported, adding, “others tried telling him this is a mistake. Among other things, Trump is likely to announce a 2024 campaign soon, and this is brand building.” On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign that sought to invalidate millions of votes. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania certified the state’s 2020 general election results, which delivered 20 electoral votes for Biden. 

What To Watch For:

According to CNN, the president is also considering attending a similar event in Michigan next week.

Further Reading:

Trump to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP meeting on election irregularities, source says (Fox News) 

Trump is expected to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers’ voter fraud event (CNN)

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