Biden's transition moves ahead

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:01 p.m. ET, December 4, 2020
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8:19 a.m. ET, December 4, 2020

Trump's election-related lawsuits continue to fail in court. Here's where things stand. 

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

After more than 30 defunct lawsuits in 30 days, attempts by President Trump and his backers to overturn the election of Joe Biden as the next president have failed in court — sometimes repeatedly, with judges gutting claims and shutting down all possible legal avenues to interfere with the Electoral College.

The President's effort isn't stopping, with more lawsuits and appeals being filed almost daily and more than $170 million raised in response to pleas for cash from Trump.

But officials across the country confirmed that the 2020 vote was secure. Biden's victories have already been certified in six of the most closely contested states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. His wide Electoral College win over Trump is secured, and will be formalized this month.

Judges have rejected Trump's attempts so thoroughly over the past few weeks, they've shut down the cases on nearly every question they're asked.

One federal judge in Pennsylvania, Matthew Brann, wrote he couldn't do what the Trump campaign and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wanted because it would be unconstitutional. A judge in Michigan, Timothy Kenny, explained point by point why witness statements suspecting fraud fell short.

A judge on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote in a concurring opinion last weekend, which denied a Republican attempt to throw out millions of absentee votes in the state, that the court shouldn't "lend legitimacy to such transparent and untimely efforts to subvert the will of Pennsylvania voters."

And yet, Trump's dreams linger in court. Ongoing cases still look to push false narratives of fraud — often built on their disbelief of Biden support in heavily Democratic cities and unhappiness with absentee voting.

Here's a look at the lawsuits the Trump campaign and allies have won and lost:

Read more here.