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“Trump Makes Last-Ditch Attempt to Thwart D.C. Federal Election Obstruction Case

The 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden have been a source of tension and contention in the weeks since the results were announced. Trump has filed a long list of legal challenges in the wake of his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, and the most recent challenge is a motion to dismiss a suit brought by the District of Columbia’s attorney general accusing the Trump campaign of voter suppression activities. The D.C. attorney general’s office initially filed the lawsuit against the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee in December, alleging they violated D.C. law by purposefully obstructing the 2020 election. In the complaint, the attorney general alleged that the Trump campaign and RNC actively sought to “undermine the electoral process, suppress the vote, and interfere with the accurate tabulation of ballots.” In response, Trump’s legal team filed an emergency motion to dismiss the suit earlier this week. The team argued that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine had no legal basis to bring the suit and that the suit violates the First Amendment rights of those being accused. The motion claims that the suit raises issues of national political policy and free speech, and that these issues are for the federal court to decide, not the District of Columbia. Trump’s legal team also claims that the suit is politically motivated, and that D.C. has no jurisdiction over the matter. Trump’s legal team is also trying to argue that Racine has no authority to bring the suit, as he was appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a known critic of the president. The president’s legal team claims that Racine is acting in a manner that treats Trump differently than any other person, and that this is an infringement of the President’s equal protection rights. The outcome of this case will have serious implications for the Trump campaign’s ability to challenge the 2020 election. The legal team’s motion to dismiss the D.C. lawsuit is still pending, and the court is expected to rule on the matter in the coming weeks. Until then, the election legality battle continues for both sides.