Former President Donald Trump’s try and overturn the desire of the state’s 3.3 million voters was so weak and time-consuming that he and his attorneys needs to be punished for squandering taxpayer sources, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers mentioned in a federal courtroom submitting.
Donald Trump needs to be ordered to pay Wisconsin $145,000 to cowl the authorized bills the state racked up defending in opposition to the previous president’s “haphazard” election-fraud lawsuit, the state advised a decide.
Trump’s try and overturn the desire of the state’s 3.3 million voters was so weak and time-consuming that he and his attorneys ought to each be punished for squandering taxpayer sources, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers mentioned in a submitting Wednesday in federal courtroom in Milwaukee.
“There is no reason for Wisconsin taxpayers to bear the cost of this attempt to hijack the democratic process,” Evers mentioned within the submitting.
The lawsuit was considered one of greater than 60 unsuccessful circumstances introduced by Trump and his allies attempting to overturn election ends in battleground states like Wisconsin, which narrowly went for Joe Biden. A federal appeals courtroom affirmed the rejection of Trump’s Wisconsin case, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied evaluate.
“We completely disagree with the allegations and we’ll be responding in due course,” Trump’s lawyer within the case, William Brock, mentioned in a cellphone name.
Evers, a Democrat, additionally requested the decide to subject further punitive sanctions in opposition to Trump and his attorneys to discourage future litigation that goals to problem election outcomes with out correct authorized claims to take action.
“From the moment they filed this lawsuit until the Supreme Court denied review, Trump and his attorneys litigated in bad faith,” Evers’s lawyer, Jeffrey Mandell, mentioned within the submitting.
Trump’s 70-page lawsuit was doomed from the start, the state mentioned, as a result of it “did not clearly identify any cognizable cause of action” and “did not enumerate the essential elements of any legal claim much less attempt to meet those elements.”
Even after the state flagged the deficiencies to Trump, the president’s attorneys didn’t amend the criticism and as an alternative “repeatedly announced different formulations of the relief he was seeking, all of which suffered from significant constitutional and logical flaws,” in response to the submitting.
“Trump and his attorneys were either reckless or extremely negligent at every step of this litigation,” Evers mentioned.