The president was reportedly due to attend the event, but the White House press pool was informed that the trip was canceled on Wednesday morning.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani travels to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to continue his battle to scrap the election results and secure Trump a second term.
Giuliani cites legal voting challenges in Pennsylvania and other states as the Republican president seeks to maintain his support base and keep his options open to post-presidency opportunities.
News reports on late Tuesday and early Wednesday said Trump should also attend the event, but the White House press pool was told that the trip had been canceled. Axios had reported that Trump's participation in the hearing on Wednesday could change.
The event is not officially run by Pennsylvania lawmakers but by a group of Republican lawmakers, Fox News said. It's an informal hearing.
"Elections are a fundamental tenet of our democracy – unfortunately Pennsylvanians have lost confidence in the electoral system," said Senator Doug Mastriano, who convened the meeting, in a statement. "In the past few weeks, I've heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians about polling problems, irregularities in the mail-in voting system, and concerns about their votes being counted."
On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., the #PASenate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by @SenatorArgall, will hold a briefing on election issues in 2020. Members meet in Gettysburg and from afar. Streamed live @ https://t.co/zAbhab5wbs. pic.twitter.com/w4l679nFGI
– GOP of the PA Senate (@PASenateGOP), November 24, 2020
Giuliani claimed in a Wednesday interview with New York radio station AM 970 that illegal votes had been cast, particularly in Philadelphia, that he would like to be disqualified. However, a broad coalition of senior government and industry officials said the November 3rd elections were "the safest in American history."
The news of the hearing comes a day after Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner of the Pennsylvania presidential election. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf sent the National Archivist in Washington a "certificate of discovery" listing the voters who support President-elect Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.
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Trump made Pennsylvania a centerpiece of his unsuccessful legal attempts to invalidate election results and launched legal attacks on the counting rules and electoral process in the county.
A federal judge dealt a severe blow to the Trump campaign's legal efforts on Saturday by dismissing a lawsuit he believed contained no evidence and made "strained legal arguments with no merit or speculative allegations."
The federal government on Monday recognized Biden as the "obvious winner" of the national presidential competition.