President Trump’s legal team withdraws Ga. election challenges

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Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 4:52 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WALB) - President Donald Trump’s legal team has withdrawn its election contests against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as well as several other challenges against top state officials, according to a press release from Raffensperger’s office.

The press release claims Trump’s “legal team falsely characterizes the dismissal of their lawsuits as ‘due to an out of court settlement agreement.’ However, correspondence sent to Trump’s legal team prior to the dismissals makes perfectly clear that there is no settlement agreement.”

Raffensperger said there was a trial scheduled for Friday in front of Cobb County Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs.

“Rather than presenting their evidence and witnesses to a court and to cross-examination under oath, the Trump campaign wisely decided the smartest course was to dismiss their frivolous cases,” said Raffensperger.

The withdrawals came after Secretary Raffensperger sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday containing point-by-point refutation of the false claims made by the President and his allies.

Secretary of State's Ofiice press release

“Spreading disinformation about elections is dangerous and wrong,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “It was wrong when Stacey Abrams and her allies made false claims about Georgia’s election processes following the 2018 election and run-up to the 2020 election, and it’s wrong when the President and his allies are doing it now.”

The press release said Trump’s lawyers also voluntarily dismissed three other lawsuits against Raffensperger in various courts rather than submit to certain repudiation:

  • Trump v. Kemp in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Still v. Raffensperger et al in the Superior Court of Fulton County
  • Boland v. Raffensperger et al in the Supreme Court of Georgia

Those dismissals were not pursuant to a settlement agreement either, the press release states.

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