The staff member said filing lawsuits at contested states would give the Trump campaign a chance to “pull a rabbit out of a hat”. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, told Newsweek that the move was a “Hail Mary”.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien met with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and other officials to discuss the campaign’s next move.

One of the group’s first actions was to file suit in Michigan demanding a halt on vote counting.

They claimed there were not enough Republican campaign auditors in vote counting stations.

Mr Stepien said: “We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”

A spokesman for the Trump campaign said: “We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted.

“We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”

Former White House Director of Communications and Trump critic, Anthony Scaramucci, told BBC Radio 4 what he believed will be the Republican Party’s next move.

Mr Scaramucci said: “His game plan is to go to war, and litigate in two states if they don’t go his way.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said it will counter Mr Trump’s bid to go to the Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tallied.

A statement from Mr Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon said their “legal teams [are] standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort” and “they will prevail”.

Speaking of Mr Trump’s efforts to bring vote tallying to a halt, Mr Scaramucci said President Trump could not override the institutions of US democracy.

He said: “‘You may think you’ve won, but you can’t declare victory’. That’s what I heard him say.



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