President Donald Trump’s legal team and the Georgia Republican Party suffered a pair of legal defeats on Christmas Eve.
Courts in Wisconsin and Georgia rejected two different election challenges brought by Trump’s attorneys, Politico reported.
The Wisconsin case
In the Wisconsin case, Trump’s team was seeking to overturn the reported result of the presidential election, which had Biden winning with roughly 21,000 votes.
The president’s legal team argued that the pre-election changes made to Wisconsin voting laws violated the U.S. Constitution. The violation, Trump’s lawyers argued, was that the constitutionally-prescribed method to make these changes — legislative action — was not used.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, rejected their argument. “Whatever actions the Commission took here, it took under color of authority expressly granted to it by the Legislature,” the decision reads. “And that authority is not diminished by allegations that the Commission erred in its exercise.”
The three-judge panel also took issue with the fact that Trump and his team waited until after the election to challenge the rule changes. “The President had a full opportunity before the election to press the very challenges to Wisconsin law underlying his present claims,” the judges wrote. “Having foregone that opportunity, he cannot now — after the election results have been certified as final — seek to bring those challenges.”
The Georgia case
In Georgia, the Republican National Committee and the Georgia GOP were attempting to prevent the same kind of problems that they believe hurt President Trump in the general election from occurring in the upcoming Senate runoffs.
Specifically, they wanted to reestablish procedures that ensure election integrity, such as the granting of meaningful access to poll watchers, something that many said was denied in the presidential election.
The Fulton County Superior Court, however, rejected the Republicans’ arguments on procedural grounds, saying, “This court does not have jurisdiction to hear it because of sovereign immunity.”
It is unclear whether the Georgia GOP is going to appeal this decision. In the coming weeks, all eyes will be focused on the runoffs as they will determine which party will control the Senate.
The president’s legal defeat in Wisconsin, at this point, was expected. The judiciary seems to have made it clear that it has no intention to get involved in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
On Jan. 6, Congress will meet to certify the Electoral College votes.