Pennsylvania AG Shapiro submits memo to US Senate during Trump impeachment trial


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro submitted a memo Wednesday to the United States Senate disputing former President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud within the state.

Shapiro says the election was free and fair and that Pennsylvania was one of Trump's main targets in what he calls a "crusade to overturn the legitimate results" of the election.

In the memo Shapiro wrote, "For months, President Trump attacked the integrity of the Commonwealth’s election, repeating lie after lie at every opportunity. In state and federal court, his attorneys laundered his lies as legal claims brought in increasingly frivolous lawsuits. One after another, they failed. The courts resoundingly confirmed what Pennsylvania already knew: The 2020 election in Pennsylvania was free and fair; it was conducted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and the United States; and the results of that election were accurate.

Shapiro also outlined what he says are false claims made by Trump about the state on January 6 - the day rioters charged the U.S. Capitol. He wrote:

• He falsely claimed that there were “205,000 more ballots than you had voters” in Pennsylvania.

• He falsely claimed that “thousands” of dead people voted in Pennsylvania.

• He falsely claimed that “[o]ver 14,000 ballots were cast by out-of-state voters.”

• He falsely claimed that “the number of absentee ballots that had been sent out … was suddenly and drastically increased by 400,000 people.”

See Shapiro's full memo to the senate here.

Trump is on trial for his second impeachment on the charge of incitement, claiming that Trump's actions following the election lead to the riots at the U.S. Capitol in January of this year.

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