Giuliani Files to Appear for Trump Campaign in Pennsylvania Suit

Nov. 17, 2020, 3:29 PM

Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer picked by President Donald Trump to lead his post-election legal battles, sought court permission to appear for the Trump campaign in its lawsuit to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.

Giuliani filed an application to join the case hours before a hearing is set to start before U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The request comes a day after campaign lawyer Linda Kerns withdrew from the litigation, and days after the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP walked away from the case.

Rudy Giuliani
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Brann, an appointee of President Barack Obama, will hear arguments on Pennsylvania’s motion to dismiss the suit, which seeks to block the state from certifying the election result unless thousands of mail-in ballots from Democratic-leaning counties are tossed out. The campaign claims the counties improperly allowed voters to fix errors on the ballots before Nov. 3.

It’s not clear if Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and a onetime federal prosecutor, wants to actually argue before Brann. Kerns said on Monday that Pennsylvania lawyer Marc Scaringi would take over the case. Giuliani discussed the case on Fox News Tuesday morning, saying the Williamsport case would be the campaign’s “first established vehicle” to get its election claims before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.net

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David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net

Anthony Lin

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