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Hearings on both lawsuits were scheduled for Thursday, and the judges noted the importance of resolving the legal battles before the Electoral College meets on December 14.

Poll workers verify ballots as recount watchers, left, watch during a manual counting of presidential votes in Milwaukee.
Poll workers verify ballots as recount watchers, left, watch during a manual counting of presidential votes in Milwaukee. (AP)

Trump, who argues that hundreds of thousands of absentee votes cast under state guidelines were illegal, wants a federal judge to give the Republican-controlled Legislature the power to determine who won the election.

“It’s a pretty remarkable plea for declaratory relief,” US District Judge Brett Ludwig said during a conference call to set time frames and a date for the hearing. Ludwig, who said it was “an unusual case, obviously,” also cast doubt on whether a court should consider it at all.

“It’s very, very difficult for me to see how this is justiciable in federal court,” said Ludwig, a Trump appointee. “The request to return this case to the Legislature almost seems strange to me.”

Supporters react after it was announced that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Trump at a rally in Milwaukee.
Supporters react after it was announced that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Trump at a rally in Milwaukee. (AP)

The judge questioned why Trump was not going directly to the Legislature if he wants lawmakers to be involved in naming voters. Bock said Trump needed the court to rule the election “invalid” so the Legislature could get involved. He also said that the term “pre-trial detention”, which is typically used to describe when a court sends a case to a lower court, was “dishonest.”

Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke cast serious doubts this week on whether the Legislature could change Biden state voters to Trump supporters. Steineke tweeted a clip of actor Dana Carvey playing President George HW Bush saying, “I won’t.”

In his statewide lawsuit, Trump seeks to disqualify 221,000 ballots that he claims were illegally cast. Judge Stephen Simanek, who is hearing that case after the Wisconsin Supreme Court initially refused to take it, said Friday that he would rule from court after next week’s hearing that is scheduled to begin hours after the one. the federal court.

Jim Troupis, Trump’s attorney in the state lawsuit, argued that his case should have precedent over the federal lawsuit, where Troupis is not the attorney.

Donald Trump has attacked his own attorney general for failing to investigate his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
Donald Trump has attacked his own attorney general for failing to investigate his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. (AP)

“I’m not trying to put people in a difficult situation,” Troupis said. “I am in a difficult situation in terms of deadlines.”

There are also three other lawsuits in Wisconsin, one in federal court and two in state court, filed by Trump allies seeking to overturn Biden’s victory. Trump has lost multiple lawsuits in other battlefield states as part of a risky effort to reverse Biden’s victory. Even if he prevailed in Wisconsin, the state’s 10 Electoral College votes would not be enough to give him re-election.


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