Trump’s Voter Fraud Legal Team Led By Non-Lawyers

Trump’s Voter Fraud Legal Team Led By Non-Lawyers


President Donald Trump’s campaign is reportedly preparing a range of lawsuits alleging voter fraud to challenge his election loss, but many of the leaders of this rapidly arranged nationwide legal effort — which most experts believe will have little to no chance of success — are not lawyers.

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Key Facts

The campaign has tapped some lawyers to lead its recount efforts and voter fraud lawsuits in key states like Pennsylvania and Georgia, Axios reported, and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also appears to be involved.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Key Background

Since Election Day, Trump’s campaign has threatened lawsuits to contest the counting of mail-in ballots and the results of the election, in step with Trump’s history of false voter fraud allegations and repeated threats not to accept an election result he doesn’t like. So far, experts say many of these legal challenges are on track to fizzle. Voter fraud allegations are usually met with skepticism, and judges have already rejected several post-election lawsuits regarding voter fraud and poll-watcher access in Nevada, Georgia and Michigan in the last week due to a lack of evidence. The campaign scored a legal victory in Pennsylvania last week that allowed its poll-watchers to view the counting process from a closer range, and Giuliani plans to bring a lawsuit alleging (apparently without solid evidence) poll-watchers were denied access in the state, but those challenges are far narrower and are unlikely to alter the results of the election.

What To watch For

Trump wants the Supreme Court to order Pennsylvania to toss out mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in a challenge to a state court decision that allowed ballots that arrived by Friday to be counted as long as they were postmarked on Election Day. This challenge is also unlikely to change the election’s result, though. President-elect Joe Biden’s 45,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania does not include late-arriving ballots, which were segregated by county election officials, and most counties have received very few late votes, the state said.


Some unnamed campaign officials acknowledge these challenges are unlikely to work, and are instead treating them as a way to fulfill Trump’s desire for a fight and tee him up to claim he didn’t actually lose, the Washington Post reported. The campaign’s strategy of filing small-bore lawsuits with a limited chance of success, led by people with no significant legal background, could indicate a focus on public relations rather than legal victories.

Further Reading

Scoop: Inside Trump’s legal warfare (Axios)

Trump’s Strategy To Contest Election Hinges On Claims Of Voter Fraud That Have Already Been Largely Rejected By Courts (Forbes)

Election 2020: What Are the Trump Legal Claims? (Wall Street Journal)

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