Trump wanted to file 'one big, beautiful lawsuit' claiming election fraud, but says his lawyers told him he didn't have legal standing

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  • President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News on Sunday continued to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the latest instance of his refusal to accept his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

  • Trump said he had asked his lawyers to file "one nice, big, beautiful lawsuit" encompassing his claims of voter fraud, but said his legal team told him he didn't have the standing to do so.

  • Instead, the Trump campaign has filed a number of legal challenges in states across the country that have so far not netted the president any sort of victory capable of overturning the election results.

  • "You mean as president of the United States, I don't have standing?" Trump asked. "What kind of court system is this?"

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President Donald Trump in an interview Sunday said that he wanted to file "one nice, big beautiful" lawsuit alleging widespread voter fraud, but was told by his legal team that he didn't have the ability to do so, marking the latest instance of his refusal to concede the race to President-elect Joe Biden.

"We have stories that are unbelievable, but we aren't allowed to put in our proof," the president claimed during a phone interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures." "They say we don't have standing."

"I said to the lawyers, I would like to file one nice, big, beautiful lawsuit," he continued. "Talking about this and many other things. We have tremendous proof."

The president repeated himself, telling the Fox Business host that he had asked his lawyers to "put everything into one simple suit."

But his lawyers told him he didn't have the legal ground to file such a suit, Trump said Sunday.

"You mean as president of the United States, I don't have standing?" he asked. "What kind of court system is this? And the judges stay away from it."

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The president and his legal team instead have filed a number of lawsuits throughout the country in an attempt to reverse the results of the election but as Business Insider has previously reported, none of the lawsuits have so far netted any sort of victory for Trump and his lawyers.

Trump also in the interview Sunday declined to provide a drop-dead date for when he and his campaign would cease their legal challenges and accept the results of the election. President-elect Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes, putting him well over the 270 threshold needed to secure victory. Biden also won the popular vote, securing more than 80 million votes — the most of any US presidential candidate in history.

The president's interview Sunday is the latest instance of his sharing unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud — claims which aren't backed up in the Trump campaign's various lawsuits.

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