President Donald Trump’s legal team has hit another roadblock at the U.S. Supreme Court in their ongoing effort to challenge the results of last month’s election.
Despite Trump campaign attorneys requesting “expedited consideration” in the latest case, asking for a final ruling before Congress ratifies the official electoral vote tally on Jan. 6, the nation’s highest court has decided that its initial response will come more than two weeks later.
As Fox News reported, that first court action is set for Jan. 22 — two days after Inauguration Day. A final ruling, therefore, would not be expected until an even later date.
“Minor technical errors”
The legal challenge at hand reportedly involves a tripartite appeal, which challenges three separate Pennsylvania Supreme Court rulings and intends to reverse the commonwealth’s election results.
According to the Associated Press, the first aspect of the latest Trump petition involved the state Supreme Court ruling that campaign observers were required only to be allowed in the room, but not necessarily in a position to actually observe anything, while ballots were being counted.
Another ruling challenged by the president’s team allowed ballots to be counted even if they included “minor technical errors” like missing voter information. The third disputed decision prohibited counties from rejecting absentee ballots with signatures that did not match their corresponding examples on file.
The AP noted that this was the Trump campaign’s fourth challenge against Pennsylvania to advance all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Overall, dozens of lawsuits have been filed in various swing states reportedly won by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“All appropriate remedies”
Now that the Supreme Court has given Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar until Jan. 22 to respond to the Trump campaign, the entire case could very well be summarily dismissed if Biden has already been sworn in as president.
Even if these challenges fail to overturn the 2020 election results, however, the Trump campaign has signaled that they nevertheless raised important questions about perceived deficiencies in state election laws and procedures.
In a statement on Sunday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani explained the campaign’s position, citing previous Supreme Court rulings and recent remarks by Justice Samuel Alito.
“This petition follows a related Pennsylvania case where Justice Alito and two other justices observed ‘the constitutionality of the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court’s decision [extending the statutory deadline for receipt of mail ballots from 8 pm on election day to 5 pm three days later] … has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,'” he said.
Giuliani’s statement went on to lay out the issues it sought to resolve in the courts, requesting “all appropriate remedies, including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements.”