Sued Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
Ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen (Obama) of the Northern District of Georgia rejected Trump’s request for an emergency injunction that would have ordered the state legislature or Congress to choose a new slate of electors ahead of Wednesday’s constitutionally mandated congressional count.
Attorneys for Raffensperger and Kemp responded to the lawsuit by arguing that Trump was attempting to undermine the democratic process and emphasizing that Georgia’s election was over, asserting that any further remedies would need to be sought elsewhere.
“The election, certification, and casting of ballots are final and over. The matter is now before Congress as set forth in 3 U.S.C. § 15 to count the certified votes. Georgia has completely complied with all requirements under the United States Constitution, federal and state election law,” Georgia’s attorneys wrote in a response filed Monday evening. “Moreover, Plaintiff’s allegation that he has been injured because his election contest has not yet been heard in state court is also not the result of any action by the Defendants. Defendants complied with their statutory obligations to certify the presidential electors in a timely manner. Any delay in the hearing of Plaintiff’s election contest was caused by Plaintiff’s own dilatory actions in pursuing his claim and his improvidently-filed appeal.”
Also the plaintiffs argued that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is ineligible to hold the office because of some birther theory.
Written opinion by the judge to follow.