November 6, 2020 at 4:37 AM EST
How Trump loyalists are driving his campaign’s legal efforts to challenge ballots
By Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey and Elise Viebeck
In 2000, when George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore were deadlocked in the Florida vote for president, a high-powered team of legal experts flocked south to lead Bush’s ultimately successful strategy to prevail in a recount, guided by the Republican Party’s premiere strategist of the time, former secretary of state James Baker.
This year, as Trump’s campaign mounts a multistate effort to challenge the counting of ballots around the country, many of the GOP’s preeminent election-law litigators remain on the sidelines.