President Donald Trump has reportedly been building a massive legal network for a year to take any 2020 election dispute straight to court.
Politico reported Sunday that lawyers from three major law firms have been hired and thousands of volunteer attorneys and poll watchers across the country have been recruited.
The effort includes pre-written legal pleadings that can be rushed to court the day after the election in anticipation of disputes of close results and a crush of mail-in ballots, the news outlet reported.
A 20-person team of lawyers oversees the strategy, which is mainly focused on the election process in 17 key states, like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, Politico reported.
“We’ve been hard at work on our planning and strategy for quite some time,” Justin Riemer, chief counsel at the Republican National Committee, told Politico. “We will spend whatever it takes to make sure the election is conducted orderly and that we push back on the Democrats’ litigation to strike down various safeguards on the election process.”
According to Politico, election officials expect the aftermath of this Election Day to be more chaotic than that of the 2000 race between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which didn’t end until the Supreme Court weighed in more than a month later.
“I don't think we’re thinking about how these sorts of changes we are making in a knee-jerk, ad hoc way are all going to add up to a potential contested election that could be significantly worse and more contentious than Bush v. Gore in 2000 — and could be a genuine constitutional crisis,” Jason Snead, executive director at the conservative Honest Elections Project, told Politico. “We’re just not thinking about that iceberg and we’re just steering straight toward it.”
Republicans are likely to dispute election results in two main areas — the authenticity of mail-in ballots and the deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received and counted, the news outlet reported.
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