President Donald Trump’s campaign is preparing for a brutal legal battle on the ground after ballots are cast in the Nov. 3 election.
The president has refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power, and lawyers for his campaign and Joe Biden’s are fanning out across the country to prepare for legal challenges to the vote count, reported Axios.
“There are a lot of options if it turns out that the election results aren’t fair and free,” a Trump campaign source told the website.
A Trump-backing Republican lawyer fears election results may be disputed in various states, where the same legal issue may be interpreted in different ways, and the House of Representatives is forced to declare a winner because the Supreme Court is deadlocked because Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat remains unfilled.
“It’s tremendously dangerous from every perspective,” said attorney David Rivkin, who served in the White House counsel’s office and Justice Department under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The Trump campaign insists the president’s remarks have been misinterpreted, but their on-the-record statements contain conspicuous caveats about which ballots should be counted.
“The Trump campaign is fighting to ensure every valid ballot across America counts as we work to deliver the free and fair election Americans deserve,” campaign general counsel Michael Morgan told Axios.
But ultimately, even Trump campaign advisers concede the president can’t simply remain in office if he doesn’t like the election results.
“Trump can say ‘I don’t concede, I think it’s rigged,’ but he would not be the president,” said one Trump legal adviser.
Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows committed campaign finance crimes: watchdog group
The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president's hotel.
Win or lose — Trump is about to unleash hell
With poll numbers staying put and the odds of a Joe Biden win in Tuesday's election looking good — possibly by a decisive margin — there's mounting dread about how Donald Trump will behave after a defeat. After all, Trump is a sociopathic narcissist with the emotional control of a — well, I won't insult toddlers with the comparison — and he lives in mortal terror of being viewed as a loser. He's already made clear that he will refuses to concede, no matter what, and he's grasping desperately for any way to get legal ballots thrown out so he can steal the election.
GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report
Politics and religion are colliding out west after comments a Republican senator made while stumping for the president.
"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.
"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."