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On­slaught of law­suits con­tin­ues

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WASHINGTON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign said yes­ter­day it would file a law­suit to stop the bat­tle­ground state of Michi­gan from cer­ti­fy­ing its elec­tion re­sults, as con­gres­sional Democrats said a wit­ness who had raised ac­cu­sa­tions of bal­lot tam­per­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia re­canted his al­le­ga­tions.

The Michi­gan law­suit would re­quest that elec­tion re­sults in the state not be cer­ti­fied un­til it could be ver­i­fied that votes were cast law­fully, Trump cam­paign at­tor­ney Matt Mor­gan said.

It was the lat­est in a string of law­suits the Trump cam­paign has filed since Demo­crat Joe Bi­den cap­tured the pres­i­dency.

Trump has re­peat­edly claimed, with­out ev­i­dence, that there was wide­spread vot­ing fraud.

Judges have al­ready tossed out law­suits in Michi­gan and Ge­or­gia brought by the cam­paign, and le­gal ex­perts say Trump’s lit­i­ga­tion has lit­tle chance of chang­ing the out­come of the elec­tion.

Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Lind­sey Graham, a Trump ally, said on Sun­day that the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee would in­ves­ti­gate claims of vot­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia af­ter re­ceiv­ing an af­fi­davit from a United States Postal Ser­vice worker, who claimed il­le­gal back­dated post­marks may have been added to some late mail­in bal­lots.

Yes­ter­day, Democrats on the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Over­sight Com­mit­tee said postal worker Richard Hop­kins had re­canted his al­le­ga­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Postal Ser­vice in­ter­nal watch­dog. That of­fice de­clined to com­ment.

The com­mit­tee said Hop­kins did not ex­plain why he made up the al­le­ga­tions.

The Trump cam­paign provided

Hop­kins’ af­fi­davit to Graham, who sent a let­ter to the Jus­tice Depart­ment and the FBI re­quest­ing they launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The cam­paign filed suit on Tuesday in fed­eral court in Penn­syl­va­nia to halt cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of that state’s re­sults, al­leg­ing lax over­sight of mail­in vot­ing.

The Demo­cratic Party se­cured con­trol of the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day, win­ning at least 218 seats, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

The Democrats se­cured the ma­jor­ity with three winners: in­cum­bents Kim Schrier in Washington, Tom O’Halleran in Ari­zona and Jimmy Gomez in Cal­i­for­nia.

A day af­ter Trump fired his de­fence sec­re­tary, the White House in­stalled a Trump loy­al­ist in a key Pen­tagon post yes­ter­day and pro­moted an­other who has falsely called for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama a ter­ror­ist.

Mark Esper was re­placed by Christo­pher Miller, who had been the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Cen­tre. The Pen­tagon said Kash Pa­tel, who was the top coun­tert­er­ror­ism ad­viser on the White House Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, would be Miller’s chief of staff.

In the wake of Esper’s de­par­ture, the Pen­tagon’s top pol­icy ad­viser re­signed, al­low­ing that post to be filled by An­thony Tata, a re­tired Army bri­gadier gen­eral who has called Obama ‘‘a ter­ror­ist leader’’. — Reuters

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