Federal judge says no evidence of voter intimidation from Trump workers in Nevada

22.5 million people have already cast ballots in the 2016 election


Federal judge in Las Vegas said on Thursday he hasn’t seen evidence that Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is training people to intimate voters in Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware announced that he doesn’t expect he will need to issue the restraining order that Democrats were seeking ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

Boulware said he there won't be a final ruling until a hearing on Friday about whether another defendant, Roger Stone Jr., and his group called "Stop the Steal" are encouraging what Democrats call "vigilante voter intimidation."

Similar claims have been made in lawsuits filed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

"There doesn't seem to be a basis at this point to issue a temporary restraining order," Boulware said.

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Stone’s attorney said Democrats haven’t provided any evidence that Stone or “Stop the Steal” has been intimidating voters.

"My client is engaging in legal First Amendment speech," attorney Paul Jensen told U.S. District Judge John Tuchi.

Democrats allege that Trump’s call on his supporters to help stop voter fraud by showing up at the polls is a call to illegal intimidation tactics.

Democrats also allege that Stone is organizing volunteers to confront voters at the polls.

"This is an election unlike any other where the candidate has gone around the country and implored his supporters to engage in aggressive poll watching," attorney for Arizona Democrats, Mike Gottlieb said.

"The law doesn't really allow for an injunction based on their mere speculation that someone may hear something somewhere and come to a state and harass voters," Trump attorney Tim La Sota said.

The Trump campaign says the lawsuits are long on rhetoric and short on substance and designed to distract from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's troubles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.