Federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia rejects Trump election case

President Donald Trump leaves after speaking in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump leaves after speaking in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Photo credit Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

UPDATED: 2:45 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A federal appellate court has rejected an appeal by President Trump’s campaign to toss ballots in Pennsylvania over claims of election fraud.

The panel of judges affirmed the lower federal court’s ruling, rejecting the Trump campaign’s claims of fraud, noting they hadn’t given any evidence to the court and that “the Campaign has already litigated and lost many of these issues in state courts.”

Instead, the court said, "the campaign's claims have no merit."

In the opinion, the appellate judges wrote, “Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections.”

The Trump campaign appealed to the 3rd Circuit following Judge Matthew Brann’s rejection of the claims, calling the complaint “Frankenstein’s Monster” that was “haphazardly stitched together.”

All of the judges on the panel were appointed by Republican presidents — Smith and Chagares were appointed by former President George W. Bush, and Bibas by Trump.

The Trump campaign could file an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Pennsylvania certified the election earlier this week, for President-elect Joe Biden.