PoliticsRepublicans and Democrats brace up for legal battle over election results

    Republicans and Democrats brace up for legal battle over election results

    An air of uncertainty looms over the 2020 US presidential elections. The possibility of it ending in the Supreme Court is thickening day by day. Both Republican and Democratic camp have geared up their preparations to fight any such legal battle over the election. Both camps are learnt to have assembling teams of lawyers and attorneys to foster their legal bench strength.

    President Trump explicitly refused to commit to the peaceful transfer of power after the election a few weeks before. He questioned the credibility of elections with his suspicion over the mail-in ballot system of voting. Democrats on other hand, are already running legal battles to extend the deadline for receiving ballots, something which is unacceptable to Republicans.

    The twist in the tale is Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and confirmation in the high court. Any legal battle on ideological lines is likely to tilt towards conservative supported Republicans. None of the parties is behind in their strategic legal build-up.

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    Republican team

    One of the prominent legal hand with Republicans is Jay Sekulow. He was the lead attorney in Trump’s battle against his impeachment process and Mueller’s investigation. He is an experienced litigator in the Supreme Court. Besides, tens of attorneys and national firms are already giving tough challenge to Democrats’ bid to extend ballots deadline in key swing states.

    A group named Lawyers for Trump is hiring retired attorneys and law students to support the Republican cause. Its advisory board is led by Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and Texas attorney general Ken Paxton. Attorney Will Consovoy is another remarkable figure in Trump’s legal war room. Consovoy represented Trump in the high profile case of New York prosecutor over his tax returns.

    A prominent global firm, Jones Day has also teamed up with Trump. Other national firms are also in the race. Apart from all these, thousands of volunteer lawyers have also joined Trump for different poll-related controversies.

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    The legal team of Democrats

    Joe Biden is also ready for a neck to neck fight with Republicans. His camp is nowhere behind that of Trump’s.

    Democrats have a national litigation team led by Walter Dellinger and Donald Verrilli. Dellinger is active solicitor general in Clinton administration and Verrilli was solicitor general under Obama administration. Bob Bauer who was White House counsel to Obama and Biden’s counsel Dana Remus are relentlessly putting their voice forward for the rights of voters who have lined up in queues to vote. They argue that election result should be based on ballots cast by American voters and not by some other means.

    Marc Elias, a member of the legal firm, Perkins Coie is heading his team against Trump. Perkins Coie and Marc Elias are prominent among Democratic circle. Their influence can be consequential in case of any legal battle over election results. Republicans call him a partisan hack. He stood with Clinton in 2016 and Kerry in 2004 in their legal battles.

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    Elias has already registered early victory in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania, where the Supreme Court has extended the deadline of receiving ballots three days beyond November 3.

    What both legal camps are trying to do?

    The legal team of Republicans is trying to reinforce Trump’s assertion that the voting system is fraudulent. They are working on a strategic scale to place this notion in the conscience of the public and legal circle. They are vehemently opposed to the extension of the deadline for reception of ballots beyond the Election Day.

    Democrats, on other hand, are trying to ensure large turnout. Their legal team has already been successful in pushing the deadline beyond November 3. Besides, they are bracing up for proving the legitimacy of the mail-in ballots.

    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson is Journalist and Political Analysis of Awutar. You can get him via: [email protected]


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