Donald Trump has been ditched by the law firm he hired to challenge election results in Pennsylvania. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur announced Friday that it had withdrawn from a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Trump campaign.
A filing seen by The New York Times said: ‘Plaintiffs and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that plaintiffs will be best served if Porter Wright withdraws.’
The firm filed their suit for Team Trump in Pennsylvania just three days ago, but have not given an explanation for their sudden withdrawal from the case. Its lawyers alleged Pennsylvania implemented an illegal ‘two tiered system’ that they claim saw certain voters prioritized over others.
It is unclear if another law firm will now step in to fight the president’s case. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro dismissed the Trump lawsuit as ‘meritless’ and insisted the state’s election – overseen by representatives of the Democrat and Republican parties – was ‘lawful, fair and secure.’
The Times reported earlier this week that there had been internal tensions at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur over its work for Donald Trump and his political campaign.
Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes pushed Joe Biden to victory in the race against President Trump last Saturday.
The president has since made multiple unfounded allegations of fraud, and vowed to challenge the result in various states’ courts. He claimed Pennsylvania’s largest city Philadelphia had a ‘rotten’ electoral system.
Officials from the US Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday that this year’s election had been ‘the most secure in US history.’
Biden was named by other forecasters as the winner of Arizona on Friday, flipping the traditionally Republican state to his Democrat party.
Trump has so-far refused to concede the election result, although an increasing number of White House aides say the president privately accepts that he has been beaten.
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20 2021.
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