Trump campaign files federal lawsuit in Michigan over fraud allegations


MADISON, Wisconsin — President Trump’s reelection campaign is filing a lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to keep Michigan from certifying its results until the voting process can be reviewed.

The lawsuit is set to be filed Tuesday evening, exactly one week from the election, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The lawsuit alleges several instances of electoral malfeasance and includes sworn affidavits, said Matt Morgan, general counsel for Trump's reelection campaign, during a press call.

Trump’s team filed a lawsuit in Michigan court the day after the election, alleging that a plaintiff who was “credentialed and trained as an election challenger” was “excluded from the counting board during the absent voter ballot review process.” A Michigan judge ruled against that lawsuit on Thursday.

The new federal lawsuit claims that many Republican poll watchers in Wayne County, where Detroit is located, were excluded from the absentee ballot counting process and were intimidated and harassed. It also seeks information about the voting technology used across the state after a failure to update software in Antrim County caused a glitch, resulting in 6,000 votes incorrectly being tabulated for Joe Biden rather than Trump.

“We owe it to the people who voted in this election and all Americans to make sure that the election is deemed secure,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh on Monday. “There have been many irregularities detected in state after state.”

Michigan election officials have denied that any fraud occurred during the election, and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has praised this year’s voting process.

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