President Trump will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., on Wednesday, Fox News has confirmed, where his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani will appear before the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee for a “hearing” on election issues in the state.
The event is not a formal hearing in the traditional sense of the word, in that it is not being conducted officially by the Pennsylvania legislature but by a group of Republican lawmakers.
“Elections are a fundamental principle of our democracy – unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system,” state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who called the meeting, said in a statement. “Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system and concerns whether their vote was counted.”
The event is set to start at 12:30 p.m., although it is not clear what time the president will arrive. It is also not clear exactly what role the president will play in the hearing. Giuliani is expected to actively participate. The Pennsylvania Senate GOP website says that “[t]he hearing will feature former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.”
The White House declined to provide an update to the president’s public schedule Wednesday.
It is unlikely the event Wednesday will result in tangible change to the state of the presidential race. The president’s legal team, despite making broad and sweeping claims of voter fraud, has yet to provide evidence of irregularities that are widespread enough to significantly narrow the lead held by President-elect Biden in Pennsylvania and other critical states.
Pennsylvania has already certified a victory for Biden and state legislators have maintained for months that they will not step in to override the result of the election.
Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, a Republican from Centre County, told Fox News as far back as September that he had no intention of having the legislature step into the electoral process. As recently as last week he told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he still has no plans to do that.
“The electors are selected by the winner of the popular vote. That is in our state statute,” Corman told The Inquirer. “The law states that when the secretary of state certifies the election, the governor appoints the electors. That’s the law. And we will follow the law.”