After searching for seasoned legal pro who can spearhead his uphill multi-state campaign to overturn preliminary vote counts, President Trump has settled on former deputy campaign manager David Bossie.
Trump has been angling to get a ‘James Baker-like’ figure to oversee his legal effort, after his campaign unveiled a patchwork of lawsuit in seemingly every state where the count was close.
Figures who turned up at press conferences to tout legal actions have included Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, and former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell.
David Bossie, a conservative activist who heads Citizens United, will helm President Trump’s legal effort, which is putting out word it wants to raise $60 million
Grenell, for his part, unexpectedly led a press conference in Nevada to announce a suit claiming 10,000 people voted despite not being residents, but failed to provide evidence.
Trump’s team has already suffered legal defeats in Michigan and Georgia, with big battles to come in Pennsylvania. They scored a procedural win in Pennsylvania when a judge ruled observers should get to be 6 feet away from the counting process.
His team is already drumming up donors for a legal fund with a goal of $60 million, Reuters reported.
Bossie is a conservative activist who heads the group Citizens United. He helped run Trump’s 2016 campaign, but did not land a White House job.
Bossie helped run Trump’s 2016 campaign
A variety of figures have turned up to push Trump’s legal efforts, including campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Trump reportedly wanted a ‘James Baker-like’ figure, though Baker says all the votes should be counted
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, right, shows a ballot box that was found in a rental car after the elections and turned out to only contain election day supplies, as election employees sort ballots and prepare to count them, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla.
He was exiled from Trump world for a time following reports he was involved in an alleged scam to bilk mostly elderly donors out of contributions.
His Presidential Coalition, which raised $18.5 million in 2017 and 18 was dedicated to helping conservative candidates. But according to Axios, less than $500,000 went to candidates out of $15 million went to candidates, with the bulk going to consultants.
Politico reported that Bossie got back in Trump’s good graces after explaining the situation directly to Trump.
Trump may want a Baker-like figure, but the former secretary of state was having none of the comparison. Baker oversaw a steely effort to prevail in the legal and process fight that ultimately led to the 5-4 conservative victory in the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore decision after stopping a recount.
‘There are huge differences. For one thing, our whole argument was that the votes have been counted and they’ve been counted and they’ve been counted and it’s time to end the process,’ Baker told the Times. ‘That’s not exactly the message that I heard on election night. And so I think it’s pretty hard to be against counting the votes.’
He added: ‘We never said don’t count the votes. That’s a very hard decision to defend in a democracy.’