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Judge To Hold Hearing On Democrats’ Intimidation Lawsuit

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A federal judge in Cleveland is slated to hear a complaint from Ohio Democrats that seeks to stop Republicans and supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump from engaging in voter intimidation.

The hearing to review the civil complaint is scheduled for Friday morning.

Democratic Party organizations in three other states filed similar actions beginning Sunday.

A Columbus, Ohio-based attorney for Trump’s campaign said in a Wednesday court filing that the Democrats’ fears of voter intimidation are based on “rhetoric, not evidence.” The filing says the Trump campaign will follow election laws on Nov. 8 and no intimidation has been reported during early voting that began last month.

In their complaint, Democrats accuse Trump’s campaign and political operative Roger Stone of conspiring to prevent minorities from voting.