Regrets, he’s had a few. But then again, they were probably all the fault of the Lamestream Fake News Media, which is always talking about Covid Covid Covid and never covering the very big case which is going to be filed next week in Pennsylvania. Or possibly Georgia. Then again, it could be Michigan.
NBC reports that the president has come to the belated realization that putting his election litigation in the hands of the Elite Strike Force Super Friends Task Team was possibly a misstep. According to an NBC source, Trump worries that Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell are “fools that are making him look bad.”
Gosh, what gave him that idea? Was it the press conference in an industrial park between a landscaper’s yard and a porno shop? Maybe the humiliating loss at the federal court in which his esteemed attorney demanded “normal scrutiny?” Did Rudy’s head leaking as he re-enacted a scene from the movie “My Cousin Vinny” bring a flush to the presidential cheek? Was it Jenna Ellis taking a break from getting dunked on by every practicing attorney on Twitter to accuse Frank Luntz of having a “micropenis?” Or perhaps it was Sidney Powell ranting to OANN that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp stole the election from Trump and probably took a bribe to do it?
That last one resulted Powell being cut loose to humiliate the president in private practice. But Giuliani and Ellis are still chugging along, misstating basic facts and law.
So, why doesn’t the guy whose tagline was “You’re fired” just, you know, fire them?
“Who the fuck knows?” responded the NBC source.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign lawyers have dropped several hundred pages on the Third Circuit arguing that U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann abused his discretion by denying them the right to file a Second Amended Complaint. Never mind that the relief sought was an injunction on Pennsylvania’s certification of the vote count, which has, as of this morning, already occurred. Their theory is that Judge Brann abused his discretion by not inferring that the real deadline was December 8, the electoral college’s “safe harbor” date.
Or … something? Honestly, it’s hard to tell. But here’s a terrific gazillion-tweet thread on everything wrong with this emergency application for a temporary restraining order from someone who waded through all 277 pages of it — starting with the fact that they’re asking the appellate court for a TRO.
In an “Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal to Stay Effect of Certification and Expedited Response,” Giuliani and local counsel Marc Scaringi demand that the Third Circuit halt the state’s certification of the election result, or, since it already occurred, “halt the effect” of that certification. Whatever that might mean.
The court should grant this relief based on a Second Amended Complaint which so far exists only in Rudy Giuliani’s head, since it’s never appeared on any federal docket. Appellants nevertheless recite the substance of Rudy’s imaginary complaint at length, including a claim of standing based on “vote dilution” which was explicitly rejected by the Third Circuit two weeks ago.
And Rudy’s still going. Here’s what he told Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs last night.
Our theory of the case to get to the Supreme Court, now in four places and it’s soon going to be in two others—and there will be an overall lawsuit—is basically misconduct of the election by state officials in at least five or six different states in which the misconduct of the election involved deprivation of constitutional rights for the president.
Well, if the president isn’t embarrassed, we are.
Behind the scenes, Trump frustrated with his legal team’s maneuvers [NBC]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore where she writes about law and politics.
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