WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Pennsylvania is ground zero for efforts by the Trump campaign to challenge the 2020 election process.
They filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block certification of the vote count in the commonwealth alleging widespread voter fraud without evidence.
Late Friday afternoon, two attorneys who were handling the trump lawsuit withdrew from the case, but it is still unclear how the withdrawal of those attorneys will impact the lawsuit.
The hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Tuesday in Williamsport.
Eyewitness News spoke with a local attorney, who has decades of experience in handling cases in federal court, about the Trump campaign’s lawsuit.
“When one files some type of legal action the bottom line is they have to somehow prove that down the road,” said Attorney Joe D’Andrea, from Dunmore.
The Lackawanna County based lawyer says an election challenge is like any other lawsuit.
“Well if this lawsuit involves the allegations of election fraud the parties that are alleging it has to show that actually happened. They have to prove that. They have to show that something is happening,” said Attorney D’Andrea.
Among the claims made by the Trump campaign, the lawsuit alleges widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania, poll watchers being denied access to polling places to observe the process, as well as allegations that the mail-in ballot process was flawed and that led to fraud. Thus far, none of the claims have been proven to be true.
On Friday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Sharpiro weighed in, saying he hasn’t seen any evidence of widespread fraud.
“Without supporting your claim with evidence real evidence all claims will fail. I’m not taking a side I’m just telling you what the legal process is,” said Attorney D’Andrea.
D’Andrea says a legal filing does not necessarily contain the entire case that will be presented before a judge. So, it remains to be seen what will happen once the lawyers, for both sides, square off in the courtroom.
“If there is fraud which I don’t know if there is they have to prove it if they prove it, they might have a sympathetic Judge. If they don’t they might have a problem,” said Attorney D’Andrea.