Utah’s AG takes personal leave to help Trump with legal battles after winning own re-election

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President Donald Trump handily won the state of Utah and now its attorney general wants to help the Trump campaign in court battles over election results.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes just won re-election but is taking some personal time to help the president’s efforts in pending lawsuits in battleground states as the 2020 presidential race hangs in limbo. Reyes addressed his plans in several tweets on Friday where he also clarified reports that falsely said he was taking a leave of absence to help Trump.

Trump won in Utah over his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, coming away with 58.6% of the vote.

“Despite months of predictions about a ‘blue wave,’ @GOP kept the Senate & expanded seats in the House,” Reyes tweeted on Friday. “Biden & his allies know @POTUS will win if only verified, #legal votes are counted. We are making sure that happens but looks like courts may have to decide that.”

Reyes, who won a third term on Tuesday, explained that he was on “personal leave time to help prepare and support litigation in several states dealing with compromised election process.”

He added another tweet pointing out that he was just “taking a personal weekend to help review and advise on potential lawsuits.”

Reyes, who was on Trump’s shortlist to head the Federal Trade Commission back in 2017, defended the “many dedicated volunteers and officials” who worked on Election Day, asserting that he did “not believe all votes in the 2020 election are fraudulent.”

“But, if even some actions in battleground states resulted in improper votes being counted or proper votes being rejected, that compromises the overall fairness of the electoral process and can disenfranchise the votes of millions of Americans,” he wrote.

“Some mistakes were likely made innocently. Others appear very intentional,” Reyes added.

“But, in either case, we should carefully review and remedy any such irregularities. For the sake of our nation and whomever wins this election, let’s make sure it is done fairly everywhere,” he concluded, adding the hashtag #RuleOfLaw.

Naturally, Democrats were quick to condemn Reyes for his decision to help the president.

“As a lawyer who is bound by a code of ethics, I am appalled, but not surprised, to see our Attorney General throw any support to these baseless claims. But I guess to him, serving Trump is more important tha[n] serving the people he was elected to serve,” city prosecutor and State Rep. Andrew Stoddard wrote on Twitter.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who once served as Manhattan US attorney, and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi have been vocally defending the president and spoke at recent news conferences alleging election wrongdoing in Philadelphia.

The president has called for “full transparency” in the voting process.

“We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election,” he said in a statement on Friday.

“This is about the integrity of our entire election process. From the beginning, we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn, Trump said, vowing to not give up the fight.

“We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government,” he said. “I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”

Kelly Laco, spokeswoman for the Republican Attorneys General Association, indicated that Reyes is “on the ground” in Nevada but it was not clear what his role is.

The Republican National Committee has legal teams in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania “to fight back against Democrat efforts to disenfranchise voters and ensure that every vote for President Trump and other Republicans is counted fairly and accurately as required by law,” according to an announcement this week.

“Democrats and their friends in the media spent four years talking about a Russia hoax on the grounds of election integrity. Now with just 48 hours after polls closed in an actual presidential election, they want to ignore clear irregularities, rush to call states as won, and end the election,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “We will not stand for that.”

“We will not give up on this process until every last issue has been resolved,” McDaniel added.

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