A major law firm withdrew overnight from President Donald Trump’s case in Pennsylvania.
The President’s campaign is seeking to have mail-in ballots thrown out, and the withdrawal is the latest blow to Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election result in court.
The law firm based in Ohio, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, which brought a suit on Monday arguing that the use of mail-in ballots in the election had created “an illegal two-tiered voting system” in the state, abruptly withdrew from that case in a memo to the court.
“Plaintiffs and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that plaintiffs will be best served if Porter Wright withdraws,” the memo said, according to The Guardian UK.
In another development, lawyers for the Trump campaign also withdrew a lawsuit in Arizona, they said that the case would not move enough votes to change the election result in the state.
“Since the close of yesterday’s hearing, the tabulation of votes statewide has rendered unnecessary a judicial ruling as to the presidential electors,” Trump lawyer Kory Langhofer told an Arizona state court, in news first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The development means that Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania will be certified soon, and his election president draws closer. By US law the state’s result must be certified by 23 November.
Biden is currently leading Trump with 5.3m popular votes and counting, and 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.