Trump lawyers mix up Michigan and Minnesota in bungled voter fraud claim.

Global News

Breaking news &current latest Canadian news headlines;national weather forecasts &predictions, local news videos, money and financial news;sports stats and scores.

Click to play video 'U.S. election: Rudy Giuliani cites ‘My Cousin Vinny’ to explain Trump’s legal challenge, busts out momentary Joe Pesci impersonation'

WATCH: During an press conference to address allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 United States Presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani described an instance of poll observers allegedly not being allowed to observe the ballot count by citing a scene from the film 'My Cousin Vinny' — complete with Joe Pesci impersonation.

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s lawyers mixed up two states while trying to claim he should’ve won a third this week, in an unforced bungling of an affidavit filed in court.

The error played out in the middle of the outgoing president’s increasingly desperate attempts to overturn the results of the election he lost to president-elect Joe Biden. Trump’s team has claimed widespread voter fraud in various battleground states, without evidence, and has been fighting an uphill battle against Biden’s upcoming inauguration in January.

Trump lawyer Lin Wood claimed in a Georgia court filing on Wednesday that more people had voted in various Michigan counties than actually lived there. He made the claim to bolster his allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia, and cited an analysis by Republican Russell Ramsland, a self-declared election fraud expert.

There was just one problem: Ramsland was comparing Michigan voter numbers to Minnesota populations, as the conservative legal blog Powerline first reported.

The filing claimed irregularities in the supposedly “Michigan” townships of Monticello, Albertville, Lake Lillian, Houston, Brownsville, Runeberg, Wolf Lake, Height of Land, Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Kandiyohi.

All of those townships are in Minnesota, as Powerline writer and veteran litigator John Hinderaker pointed out.

The MAGA-backed lawyers appeared to mix up MI and MN, the short forms for Michigan and Minnesota, according to Hinderaker’s analysis.

“This is a catastrophic error, the kind of thing that causes a legal position to crash and burn,” he wrote in the piece. “Credibility once lost is hard to regain.”

A judge tossed Wood’s case in Georgia on Thursday, the same day two other Trump lawsuits were rejected in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Wood and Ramsland did not respond to the New York Times‘ requests for comment.

The Georgia bungling was another black eye for the Trump legal team, which has alleged widespread voter fraud in public while failing to prove anything in court that might significantly change the election result.

Trump’s chief legal defender has been Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who pushed a wide range of baseless claims and falsehoods at a press conference on Thursday. Joined by other members of the Trump team, Giuliani spoke at length about all the evidence he claimed to have, but did not present any of it for public scrutiny.

“I know crimes, I can smell them. You don’t have to smell this one, I can prove it to you, 18 different ways,” he claimed on Thursday, without proving his allegations in any one particular way.

Trending Stories

Speaking at the same 90-minute press conference, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell dredged up several QAnon conspiracy theories without providing any evidence to back them up.

Powell has publicly supported the fantastical QAnon hoax, which imagines Democrats and celebrities are Satan-worshipping cannibals who prey upon children as part of a vast international cabal. She has also previously represented disgraced Trump aide Michael Flynn in court.

On Thursday she appeared to borrow from the QAnon playbook as she alleged a vast cabal of communists, socialists and Democrats had conspired to steal the election from the president.

She did not provide any evidence to support her claims.

Several high-profile firms have abandoned the Trump campaign’s bid to overturn Biden’s election victory, while the likes of Giuliani and Powell have taken over the fight.

Giuliani famously appeared at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Pennsylvania on Nov. 7 to argue Trump’s case, on the same day the election was called for Biden. Giuliani appeared in the landscaping company’s parking lot, beside an adult bookstore, to argue his client’s case.

Trump has blocked efforts to begin the peaceful transition of power to Biden, while alleging a wide range of conspiracy theories and voter fraud schemes that he has not been able to support.

He has also appealed to Republicans at the state level in an effort to override the will of the voters and declare him the victor instead.

U.S. government officials stated last week that the election was the “most secure in American history,” and that there is “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

Trump fired the government’s head of election cybersecurity shortly after that statement went out.

The president had also claimed widespread fraud in the 2016 election he won, after losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by about three million.

Trump alleged at the time that three million people had voted illegally, but a commission to find that fraud turned up nothing.

“It’s just a lot of noise going on, because Donald Trump is a bull who carries his own china shop with him,” Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, told The Associated Press.

“Once the noise recedes, it’s going to be clear that Biden won a very convincing victory.”

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Trump, as loser of the election, will be expected to vacate the White House at that time.

— With files from The Associated Press

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Багнет Чиновники оценят качество украинских тюрем Багнет
Зеркало Недели Минюст анонсировал запуск системы рейтинга тюрем Зеркало Недели Система будет рейтинговать тюрьмы по 350 показателям.
Цензор.НЕТ Пострадавшим от наводнений на Буковине до сих пор не выплатили компенсацию. Цензор.НЕТ В июне в Черновицкой области было масштабное разрушительное наводнение - подтоплены 51 населенный пункт, 1750 жилых домов, 3776 колодцев, затоплены 819 подвалов, 3642 приусадебных участков, повреждены 2818 га сельскохозяйственных угодий.
ТЕЛЕГРАФ Почти половина родителей в Украине уверена, что нетрадиционную ориентацию нужно лечить. ТЕЛЕГРАФ Большинство учителей и родителей поддерживают введение полового воспитания в школах, но многие хранят стереотипы о чувствительных вопросах.
Апостроф В Харькове на территории госучреждения произошла жуткая трагедия: подробности и фото. Апостроф В понедельник, 23 ноября, в Харькове, во дворе здания Госпрома, произошла трагедия - нашли тело женщины, которая, вероятно, упала с высоты.
Related news

Trump supporter charged after breathing forcefully on protesters.

Video shows the Donald Trump supporter heaving a breath onto a protester, then smirking and walking away.

2 20

Britain moving to tiered system of restrictions after 4-week lockdown.

Shops, gyms, personal care businesses and leisure facilities will be allowed to reopen, and collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume.


Biden Picks Secretary Of State, People For Top Cabinet, White House Posts.

US President-elect Joe Biden announced key figures for his cabinet on Monday, picking longtime foreign policy advisor Antony Blinken to be his secretary of state and former US chief diplomat John...

4 4

Coronavirus ‘Travel Pass’ concept picks up steam with airline industry.

The IATA believes the pass scheme would not only support the safe reopening of borders but also get people travelling safely again.

5 101

Several protesters detained as Poland demonstrations over abortion rights continue.

The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Poland.

5 93

Crowds of retirees march in Belarus demanding Lukashenko’s resignation.

Protesters held portraits of opposition supporter Raman Bandarenka, who died earlier this month after reportedly being beaten by security forces.

5 47

Florida man wrestles alligator to save puppy in dramatic video.

Richard Wilbanks, 74, pried the dog out of the alligator's mouth — and never dropped the cigar from his own lips.

9 273

Dzheppar discusses Crimean Platform with ambassador of Cyprus.

First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar discussed with Ambassador of Cyprus to Ukraine Louis Telemachou topical issues of bilateral cooperation and the Crimean Platform.


U.S. orders GM to recall nearly 6M trucks with Takata air bag inflators

The decision will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion USD, about one third of its net income this year. 

3 8

Yenin receives copies of credentials from newly appointed ambassador of Tajikistan.

Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has received copies of credentials from newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Ukraine Nazrizoda Davlatali, the Foreign Ministry's press service reports.

2 1