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Trump warns Electoral College lawsuit could undermine his election
By KYLE CHENEY

Donald Trump is warning that a Colorado lawsuit brought by two Democratic members of the Electoral College could harm his bid to become president.

“It is little exaggeration … to say that this lawsuit threatens to impair the interests of the President-elect and the Campaign,” attorney Christopher Murray argued on Trump’s behalf in a filing submitted to the U.S. District Court of Colorado. The judge in the matter, Bill Clinton-appointee Wiley Daniel, is set to consider the matter Monday afternoon.

The suit, brought by Colorado electors Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich, is intended to overturn a state law that forces them to support the statewide popular vote winner when the Electoral College convenes to pick the president on Dec. 19. In Colorado’s case, the winner was Hillary Clinton but a legal victory could invalidate similar laws in 28 other states, including several where Republican electors say they’re legally required to support Trump.

Murray argues for the court to allow Trump and his counsel to intervene in the matter.

“Of course, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have more than enough electoral votes to secure their respective offices,” he writes. “Plaintiffs’ lawsuit, however, threatens to undermine the many laws in other states that sensibly bind their electors’ votes to represent the will of the citizens, undermining the Electoral College in the process. That is why the President-elect and his Campaign seek to intervene in this case.”

The filing is the first evidence that Trump and his campaign are paying close attention to the legal efforts supporting the longshot bid to stop him from taking office. Baca and Nemanich are leaders in a group called “Hamilton Electors” that is working to convince dozens of Republican electors around the country to unite behind a mainstream GOP alternative to Trump. So far, nine Democratic electors have endorsed the effort and one Republican – Chris Suprun of Texas – has signaled support as well.