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President Donald Trump’s legal efforts to expose election fraud suffered another setback in Nevada Friday when a federal judge threw out a lawsuit after claiming it lacked “credible or reliable evidence.”
In a 35-page ruling, Judge James Russell refused the Trump campaign’s request to either reward the state’s six electoral votes to the president or block certification of the state’s electors for Democratic rival Joe Biden, The Nevada Independent reported.
Russell wrote that evidence presented to his court by the campaign had “little or no value” under any standard of proof, though Trump attorney Jesse Binnall presented 20 binders full of affidavits, forensic analysis, and other evidence alleging unprecedented voting irregularities and outright fraud.
“Contestants did not prove under any standard of proof that any illegal votes were cast and counted, or legal votes were not counted at all, for any other improper or illegal reason, nor in an amount equal to or greater than 33,596, or otherwise in an amount sufficient to raise reasonable doubt as to the outcome of the election,” Russell wrote.
“Reasonable doubt is one based on reason, not mere possibility,” he added.
Russell also questioned many of the depositions given to the president’s legal team as well as the testimony of expert witnesses. He referred to a number of exhibits presented by the legal team as either “unsound” or based on uncertain methodology.
Russell wrote that he found “no evidence that voter fraud rates associated with mail voting are systematically higher than voter fraud rates associated with other forms of voting.” He also wrote that he saw no evidence of fraud or irregularities rising to a level that would have affected the outcome of the presidential race.
“Based on this testimony, the Court finds that there is no credible or reliable evidence that the 2020 General Election in Nevada was affected by fraud,” he wrote.
The Nevada Supreme Court certified the state’s election results last week, handing it to Biden, who allegedly has a 33,596-vote lead over the president.
That said, the Nevada Republican Party vowed to appeal Russell’s ruling to the state Supreme Court, arguing in a statement that the Trump campaign presented “compelling and overwhelming” while pledging further that “the fight continues for clean and fair elections.”
Legally, however, the campaign faces an uphill battle. Not only is the constitutionally-mandated date of Dec. 14 to certify electors approaching fast, but Russell flat-out refused to accept the validity of any of the evidence the campaign presented.
“In his decision, Russell took issue or declined to accept any of the evidence presented by the Trump campaign,” The Nevada Independent reported. “Russell also rejected the wide swaths of alleged illegal voting that the Trump campaign claimed had occurred in the state, with ballots supposedly cast by tens of thousands of out-of-state residents, deceased individuals, or individuals impersonating other voters.”
That included rejecting evidence, including video, that Native Americans in the state were offered swag in exchange for a Biden-Harris vote.
Last month, election officials in Clark County, home to Las Vegas, tossed out the results of a county commissioner race after finding too many voting discrepancies.
It’s not clear whether the Trump campaign will continue to pursue legal action in Nevada, but lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis have been presenting the president’s case to GOP-led legislatures in battleground states, hoping to convince them to either award electors to the president or withhold them from both candidates.
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