Constitutional law professor and impeachment inquiry witness Jonathan Turley said that there is ample reason to investigate allegations of voter fraud foisted by President Donald Trump’s legal team and campaign.
“You know, it was an odd thing to have so many people coming out and saying, ‘look, there is no case to be made here,’” Turley said on Fox News. “We’re still in the tabulation stage. You know, the information that would reflect a systemic problem or large numbers of balloting errors would come at the next stage, at the canvassing stage. Most of this information is held by election officials. And it often takes a court order to get that information to the opposing party.”
Turley, who is a professor at George Washington University Law School with decades of experience, said that there have been electoral issues in previous presidential elections.
“In 1960,” he said, “the outcome of that election is still believed to have been fraudulent. You know, in Illinois, in Texas, there were a lot of fraudulent votes that put Kennedy over the top against Richard Nixon.”
“In 2000, people still believe we didn’t take enough time in Florida and that Al Gore may have won Florida and won the presidency,” Turley continued. “So, there is no reason not to look at the allegations, to give 71 million people who voted for Trump that sense of assurance that nothing untoward occurred and that their votes really did count. Now, can they really overcome these margins? Probably not, but we don’t know what we’re talking about here.”
State electors and later the Electoral College are the official bodies that certify elections. Inauguration Day is Jan. 20, 2021.
Biden declared victory on Saturday, saying, “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but to unify, who doesn’t see red states or blue states but the United States.” His campaign also appears to be in the process of creating a transition team before Jan. 20.
Trump’s legal team has said that the president will be declared the winner of the election, saying that they are prepared to take their fight to the Supreme Court.
Turley, meanwhile, rose to prominence among conservative circles late last year during the House impeachment inquiry, testifying under oath that he was not in favor of Trump’s impeachment.