Now, it seems federal judges are getting into the act.
U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of the District of Columbia this week threatened sanctions against a prominent attorney representing Republican voters and legislators in a lawsuit filed on Dec. 22 that raises a U.S. Constitutional challenge to the election results in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona.
Judge Boasberg , who was appointed to the court in 2011 by Democratic President Barack Obama, on Monday rejected the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the U.S. Congress from counting the electoral votes in the defendant states.
The plaintiffs’ claim the U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures the non-delegable power to conduct post-election certification of votes and electors. They argue state and local officials usurped this authority by blocking legislators requests for special legislative sessions to review voter fraud allegations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona.
Citing one of America’s founders, Alexander Hamilton, the plaintiffs argued the “wholesale delegation of legislative authority” to state officials “operates contrary to the Constitution by inviting ‘cabal, intrigue and corruption’ rather than operating to prevent the same.”
The 116-page lawsuit alleges Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s gave $400 million to local and state executives through a private charity “that dictated how the recipient local government officials would manage the election.” Urban election officials used the money to promote the Democratic vote while deterring Republican oversight, the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit complains that GOP efforts to address alleged election improprieties have been met with intimidation. They note, for example, that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, announced she is criminally investigating GOP legislators who voiced election concerns.