- President Donald Trump’s legal team defending his big Pennsylvania election lawsuit had a mass exodus in the last week.
- It left him with just one lawyer left: Right-wing radio host Marc Scaringi, who previously said litigation won’t affect President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
- Rudy Giuliani and Brian Caffrey, a colleague of Scaringi, joined the case on Tuesday, just hours before a judge planned to hear the case.
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President Donald Trump’s legal team in Pennsylvania has experienced a mass exodus in advance of a hearing Tuesday afternoon for one of his major election lawsuits, leaving him with just one lawyer: Right-wing radio host Marc Scaringi.
On November 7, Scaringi said on his radio show that Trump’s lawsuits would not change the election results, The Washington Post first reported.
“There really are no bombshells that are about to drop that would derail the Biden presidency via these lawsuits,” Scaringi said, adding: “Some of the lawsuits don’t seem to have much evidence in substantiating their claims.”
“At the end of the day, in my view, the litigation will not work,” he continued. “It will not reverse this election.”
—John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) November 17, 2020
The case, a lawsuit against Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Kathy Boockvar and various Pennsylvania counties, seeks to stop the state from certifying its election results, alleging irregularities in the way votes have been counted.
It’s experienced numerous setbacks since Trump’s campaign first filed it on November 9. Five of the six lawyers who first filed the case — Carolyn McGee, Douglas Hughes, John Scott, Linda Ann Kerns, and Ronald Hicks — have all abandoned the case over the past week, according to court filings reviewed by Insider.
Three of them left on Sunday night, just before they submitted a heavily revised edition that dropped many of the original claims about the Trump campaign’s election observers.
Brian Caffrey, one of Scaringi’s colleagues at his law firm, filed a motion to join the case on Tuesday morning. Joining him is Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, who is reportedly leading the campaign’s multi-state effort to fight the election results. Judge Matthew William Brann approved their requests to join the case later Tuesday.
The lawsuit is one of more than 20 that the Trump campaign and other Republican groups have filed to challenge the election results. They are unlikely to succeed. President-elect Joe Biden leads Pennsylvania by about 75,000 votes — far beyond the 14,000 votes the Trump campaign sought to throw out in its lawsuit even before it was scaled back.
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