Wisconsin governor asks Judge to force Trump to ‘personally’ pay all state legal expenses for failed 2020 election lawsuits

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden at the White House on November 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. The is the first time President Trump has spoken since election night last week, as COVID-19 infections surge in the United States. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

On Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers asked U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig to make former President Donald Trump pay ‘personally’ for all state legal expenses for failed 2020 election lawsuits

“More than eight months ago, former President Trump filed this lawsuit in an audacious attempt to overrule the will of the voters by fiat,” the governor’s attorney Jeffrey A. Mandell wrote in a 17-page legal brief. “He sought unprecedented relief, and his team pressed the case in a slapdash manner incommensurate with the gravity of the subject matter. Now, Trump recasts the litigation in a sepia tone, glossing over flaws with conclusory exculpations and dismissing criticism as ‘Monday morning quarterbacking.’”

 Evers pointed to the far heavier sanctions sought by the city of Detroit in a case by the so-called “Kraken” lawyers.

“Recent sanctions decisions in other post-election litigation support the propriety of sanctions here,” the governor’s brief states. “Federal trial courts in Michigan and Colorado awarded fees under both 28 U.S.C. § 1927 and inherent authority in other baseless post-election cases.”

“Trump provides no legitimate defense of litigation conduct that went beyond mere procedural missteps, constituting a deliberate abuse of the judicial process and attempt to overturn the votes of 3.3 million Wisconsinites,” the brief by Evers attorney Jeffrey Mandell  states.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers asks judge to force Trump to pay up

“Nearly a month after losing re-election and having the results confirmed via recount, Trump prosecuted a lawsuit, devoid of factual or legal support, in an attempt to subvert the voters’ will, pushing bad-faith election litigation to new lows,” the brief states. “His actions warrant sanctions under the Court’s inherent authority.”

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