Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Joe Biden's campaign sets up legal war room with hundreds of lawyers including former AG Eric Holder to guarantee 'a free and fair election'

Democrat Joe Biden is assembling a team of top lawyers in anticipation of court challenges to the election process that could ultimately determine who wins the race for the White House.
Biden's presidential campaign says the legal war room will work to ensure that elections are properly administered and votes correctly counted. 
It will also seek to combat voter suppression at the polls, identify foreign interference and misinformation, and educate voters on the different methods available for casting ballots. 
Attorney General Eric Holder will serve as a liaison between the Biden campaign and outside groups working on similar issues, according to The New York Times, which first reported on the so-called 'war room.' 
He appeared on a Zoom call fundraiser Monday afternoon with Biden, speaking more generally about what's ahead. 
'We're in the midst here - I don't say this light- an existential election,' Holder said. 'Our democracy is actually on the ballot here. I'm a little scared. But my predominant feeling isn't fear. It's hope.'   
Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign is setting up a war room filled with lawyers in anticipation of court challenges surrounding the November 3 presidential election
 Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign is setting up a war room filled with lawyers in anticipation of court challenges surrounding the November 3 presidential election 
President Barack Obama's first attorney general, Eric Holder, will serve as a liaison between the Biden campaign and outside groups working to secure the vote
President Barack Obama's first attorney general, Eric Holder, will serve as a liaison between the Biden campaign and outside groups working to secure the vote 
The effort, which the Biden campaign described as the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history, reflects the extent of the preparation underway for an already divisive presidential contest in November that could produce significant, perhaps even decisive, court cases over voter access and the legitimacy of mail ballots
Democrats and Republicans are locked in legal fights on election rules that could help shape the outcome of the vote, and President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have their own attorneys handling cases on a variety of issues.
Trump in recent months has sought to preemptively cast doubt on the election, warning that the expected surge in mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic will lead to massive fraud and could open the door to foreign countries to print their own fraudulent ballots.

'Notwithstanding Donald Trump and his Republican allies´ hollow threats and constant misinformation, election officials around the country are working tirelessly to hold a free and fair and election, and we have an extraordinary national team in place to ensure that every eligible voter is able to exercise their right to vote and have their vote counted,' Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign and former White House counsel to President Barack Obama, said in a statement.
Bauer, who served as general counsel to the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012, will work with campaign general counsel Sally Remus on voter protection - an issue that thousands of Democratic lawyers around the country are also engaged in, according to the Biden campaign.
The campaign is also creating a special national litigation team involving hundreds of lawyers that will include as leaders former solicitors general Walter Dellinger and Donald Verrilli.  
Democratic lawyer Marc Elias and a team of lawyers from his firm, Perkins Coie, will focus on protecting voter access and ensuring a fair and accurate vote count. 
'We can and will be able to hold a free and fair election this November and we´re putting in place an unprecedented voter protection effort with thousands of lawyers and volunteers around the country to ensure that voting goes smoothly,' Remus said in a statement. 

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