US Election: Trump tells lawyers ‘pull a rabbit out of a hat’ in desperate grab for power

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The staff member said filing lawsuits at contested states would give the Trump campaign a chance to “pull a rabbit out of a hat”. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, told Newsweek that the move was a “Hail Mary”.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien met with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and other officials to discuss the campaign’s next move.

One of the group’s first actions was to file suit in Michigan demanding a halt on vote counting.

They claimed there were not enough Republican campaign auditors in vote counting stations.

Mr Stepien said: “We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”

A spokesman for the Trump campaign said: “We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted.

“We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”

Former White House Director of Communications and Trump critic, Anthony Scaramucci, told BBC Radio 4 what he believed will be the Republican Party’s next move.

Mr Scaramucci said: “His game plan is to go to war, and litigate in two states if they don’t go his way.

“That’s what he’s going to do and it will be up to the Republican leadership.

“Here’s a prediction I’ll boldly make: Mitch McConnell has got everything he wants from Donald Trump.

“He’s got three Supreme Court justices, 400 judicial appointments.

“They think he’s a lunatic, everyone thinks he’s a lunatic. They will dispatch Trump now, so I think President Trump is in for a rude awakening.”

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said it will counter Mr Trump’s bid to go to the Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tallied.

A statement from Mr Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon said their “legal teams [are] standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort” and “they will prevail”.

Speaking of Mr Trump’s efforts to bring vote tallying to a halt, Mr Scaramucci said President Trump could not override the institutions of US democracy.

He said: “‘You may think you’ve won, but you can’t declare victory’. That’s what I heard him say.

“So I think the President is going to be in for a rude awakening here. They’re not going to demolish the institutions of the American democracy for President Trump.”

Mitch McConnell, the newly re-elected Republican leader in the Senate, told a news conference in Kentucky that taking the matter to court is the way to disperse uncertainty.

He added: “So no, I’m not troubled at all by the President suggesting that because the other side’s already doing it too.

“You can anticipate, in close elections, both sides will be lawyered up and will end up in court. It’s happened over and over and over again, nothing unusual.”

Mr Biden said he was “optimistic” about the outcome of the election and that he said his campaign “believe we are on track to win this election”.

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