Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, filed a petition in federal court on Tuesday to represent the Trump campaign in its controversial lawsuit seeking to challenge election results in Pennsylvania.
Giuliani’s petition represents the latest shake-up in the case, after the Trump campaign significantly scaled back its lawsuit on Sunday by dropping legal claims stemming from observers who said they were blocked from viewing vote-counting in counties dominated by Democrats.
On Monday, the Trump campaign replaced the entire team of lawyers handling the lawsuit, filing a motion to install Marc Scaringi — an attorney, conservative talk radio host and former Senate candidate — as the campaign’s counsel.
The federal judge overseeing the case later rejected Scaringi’s request to delay a crucial court hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on motions by Pennsylvania state and county officials to dismiss the lawsuit.
Giuliani’s move to head up the Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania court fight comes two weeks after Election Day, as the president continues to mount legal challenges to the results in key swing states and repeats his baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Trump appointed Giuliani last Friday to oversee any new post-election litigation. But the former New York mayor has drawn scrutiny within the campaign for his conspiratorial arguments in defense of the president, as well as his orchestration of a news conference outside a Philadelphia landscaping business adjacent to an adult bookstore and a crematorium.
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