President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has waged a number of election-related legal battles in multiple swing states with little concrete success to claim thus far.
Although the battle continues on other fronts, two prominent legal firms suddenly announced this week that they would be pulling out of the litigation still underway in Pennsylvania, as reported by Newsmax.
“Undermine the integrity of American elections”
News began to circulate on Wednesday that the firms of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and Jones Day were backing out of the fight, leaving the president’s options in the state significantly limited.
A report in The New York Times indicated that a number of attorneys affiliated with the firms had expressed opposition to representing the Trump administration in the aftermath of the contested election.
As one lawyer reportedly lamented, the firm’s involvement would “undermine the integrity of American elections.”
In another case, a top attorney at Jones Day reportedly resigned in protest after being assigned to work on the complex complaint lodged by the campaign in Pennsylvania.
The news also came amid controversy surrounding the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump organization reprimanded on social media for releasing private information about some of the lawyers involved in the case.
“Internal meetings to voice similar concerns”
According to the Times, lawyers with the two firms “have held internal meetings to voice similar concerns” in other settings.
As for Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, the firm released a statement offering a somewhat vague explanation for the withdrawal.
“We’ve committed to the court to fulfill our obligations as required to ensure transition to substitute counsel, and so as not to cause material adverse effect on the client’s interest,” the firm stated, asserting that no further information on the matter would be provided.
The two firms had been heading up Trump campaign challenges on four fronts, including the claim that roughly a third of the votes cast in the state should be invalidated.
Barring any huge legal breakthrough, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is slated by most media outlets to become the next president-elect. Even if that is the case, some of these legal challenges will hopefully prevent similar confusion and chaos from overtaking future U.S. elections.