Trump’s trip to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers’ baseless voter fraud event is cancelled
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 11:17 AM ET, Wed November 25, 2020
(CNN)President Donald Trump’s planned trip to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday has been cancelled, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.Trump was expected at the event where Republican state lawmakers are holding a “hearing” on allegations of fraud in this month’s election, two sources familiar with the plans had told CNN on Tuesday.The cancellation came after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for coronavirus in just the last week.Trump had expressed strong interest in joining Giuliani for Wednesday’s event and directed aides to make plans for him to travel to Pennsylvania, multiple sources said. The trip, which will be his first outside of the Washington area since Election Day, was not listed on the public schedule released by the White House on Tuesday night, but was being handled internally as an unannounced movement.State and local election officials have said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and both a federal court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have dismissed lawsuits seeking to prevent the state from certifying the results of the election. Pennsylvania officially certified the results on Tuesday, sealing Biden’s win in the key battleground state.
Inside Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to sow chaos on behalf of Trump and steal the election“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more,” Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania wrote on Saturday in a withering decision. “At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”Brann, a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania, added: “It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution.”The event was the latest attempt by Trump and his allies to undermine confidence in the 2020 election and attack the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden.The Trump campaign and Pennsylvania Senate Republicans announced plans for the Gettysburg event, a meeting of the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee, on Tuesday — casting it as an effort to expose “irregularities” in the 2020 election. The meeting is being organized by the Pennsylvania state Senate GOP, which is holding it at a hotel — not at the state Capitol.Trump and Giuliani have made baseless allegations of fraud in the election and delved into conspiracy theories alleging a plot to rig the vote, all of which have been refuted by state and local election officials across the country as well as the top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security. Trump fired that official, Chris Krebs, after he co-signed a statement declaring the 2020 election “the most secure” in US historyIt was the first of three similar events the Trump campaign has scheduled in coordination with Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan. There’s no evidence that widespread voter fraud has taken place in any of those states despite frequent claims by Trump and his allies.