Trump made the appeal – which stood outside even the dubious legal arguments being mustered by a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the election – after disclosures that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, is under federal investigation.
Trump wrote that the revelations now make it ‘much easier’ for the high court to declare him the winner of the November election.
Trump even referring to a ‘Biden Administration’ was notable – given that he has refused to concede the election or even say he will be present on Inauguration Day.
‘Now that the Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come, it is much easier for the Supreme Court of the United States to follow the Constitution and do what everybody knows has to be done. They must show great Courage & Wisdom. Save the USA!!!’ Trump tweeted.
Back in September, also on Twitter, Trump wrote of ‘violence coming to the Suburbs in a Looney Biden Administration’ – but that was to warn of a hypothetical administration before the votes had been cast.
President Trump is defending his ‘perfect’ call to Ukraine and demanding the Supreme Court overturn the election
Federal target: Hunter Biden’s status as being investigated by the FBI was seized on by Donald Trump as a reason to void the election
In fact the court’s nine justices will be charged with ruling on the case based on the the Constitution and how it charges states with carrying out national elections based on competing needs to protect rights and and federal powers while ensuring a fair contest.
Such a decision about whether to take or not to take the case, which could come with or without explanation, is considered imminent. The justices meet on Friday.
Trump also used the Hunter Biden news to rail against impeachment, saying the information proves that his call to the president of Ukraine was ‘perfect.’
Having pushed a suit by Texas seeking to overturn the election in four states, and with the Electoral College set to meet Monday to certify the election for Biden, Trump said the probe of Biden’s son showed he was justified when he called the president of Ukraine to push an investigation that might hurt his political rival.
The infamous July 25, 2019 phone call is where Trump asked the new head of Ukraine to ‘look into’ Biden and his son.
‘Now it turns out that my phone call to the President of Ukraine, which many, including me, have called ‘perfect’, was even better than that,’ Trump tweeted. ‘I predicted Biden corruption, said to call the A.G., who perhaps knew of the corruption during the impeachment hoax?’ Trump said.
Trump returned to his ‘perfect’ phone call to Ukraine after it was revealed Hunter Biden is under investigation
Trump attacked the Justice Department and FBI for not disclosing the investigation before the election, although DOJ policy prohibits actions that might interfere in an election
Trump defended his phone call to Ukraine that helped prompt his impeachment following news that Hunter Biden is being investigated
The call became the subject of a whistleblower complaint that fired up the House Democratic impeachment, which resulted in Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on impeachment articles.
Trump looked back at impeachment just hours after attacking his attorney general, Bill Barr, for not putting out the information that Hunter Biden was under investigation during the campaign. The Wall Street Journal reported that Barr knew about the probes of financial and business dealings at least as far back as spring.
‘Why didn’t the Fake News Media, the FBI and the DOJ report the Biden matter BEFORE the Election. Oh well, it’s OK, we won the Election anyway – 75,000,000 VOTES!!!
Biden was subpoenaed by federal investigators this week. Federal prosecutors in New York are also examining Hunter’s business and financial dealings as part of a broader international investigation, according to the paper. Neither case implicates Joe Biden directly.
Trump did in fact reference Hunter Biden in his call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which House Democratic impeachment managers used to argue Trump was corruptly using the power of his office to try to jin up a probe that would hurt his rival.
‘There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you ·can look into it … It sounds horrible to me,’ Trump said.
Trump on the call also referenced then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yavanovitch, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and Barr on the call.
‘Well, she’ s going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it,’ Trump said on the call.
The Justice Department said after the call transcript became public Barr did not know Trump mentioned him until weeks later and did not contact the Ukrainians.
Trump also used Twitter to say rapid developments in a coronavirus vaccine should prevent a handover of power to Biden, who got more than 7 million more votes than Trump did in the election.
‘The Swine Flu (H1N1), and the attempt for a vaccine by the Obama Administration, with Joe Biden in charge, was a complete and total disaster. Now they want to come in and take over one of the ‘greatest and fastest medical miracles in modern day history.’ I don’t think so!’ he wrote.
In the Supreme Court Friday, the Republican attorney general of Texas whose suit seeks to have the justices overturn the election claims in a new filing it is ‘impossible’ to know who won the election – and faults four states for failing to ‘show’ that Biden won.
AG Ken Paxton, who has been photographed with the Trump in the presidential limousine and who is under indictment but maintains his innocence, responds to the charge that his lawsuit seeks to ‘overthrow the votes of the American people.’
Although the suit seeks to overturn the vote in four states that went for Joe Biden, Paxton rejects the claim.
‘Texas does not ask this Court to reelect President Trump, and Texas does not seek to disenfranchise the majority of Defendant States’ voters,’ according to the response. ‘To both points, Texas asks this Court to recognize the obvious fact that Defendant States’ maladministration of the 2020 election makes it impossible to know which candidate garnered the majority of lawful votes,’ according to the filing.
‘Texas IS likely to prevail’ according to the legal brief filed with the Supreme Court by the office of Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, seen here with Trump in June.
The suit seeks to overturn the vote in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – which would be sufficient to award Trump the White House. The suit claims the states violated the constitution through major expansions of mail-in voting amid the pandemic.
‘Texas IS likely to prevail’ according to the brief.
After Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor on Thursday night responded to the suit saying there had ‘not seen a single ounce of systemic or organized fraud,’ Paxton’s filing maintains the burden falls on the states to prove that their elections were legitimate.
‘The balance of equities tips to the Plaintiff State,’ according to the filing. ‘Defendant States first assume that Mr. Biden won their States legitimately, then use that assumption to criticize Texas’s arguments for disenfranchising voters. If the flawed 2020 results stand, that result would disenfranchise voters,’ according to the filing.
‘At best for Defendant States, the balance of equities could be neutral. But because Defendant States cannot—or at least do not— seriously defend the merits or show that Mr. Biden actually prevailed, the equities tip in favor of Texas and of the lawful process for resolving contested elections ‘do precious little to defend the merits of their actions,’ according to the filing.
All four states have already certified their results for Joe Biden. Georgia already conducted multiple statewide recounts, and Wisconsin conducted a recount in two heavily Democratic counties at the request and cost of the Trump campaign.
The legal filing came after the four states responded to the initial suit, which President Trump wants to join.
Their filing shredded the effort to turn the vote as a ‘surreal alternate reality’ and ‘seditious’ abuse of the courts.
They attacked the lawsuit as an attempt to ‘overthrow’ the results of the election.
It was a last-ditch argument Trump immediately latched onto in his effort to have courts and state legislatures ‘overturn’ the election.
But the Texas suits arguments were ‘moot, meritless, and dangerous,’ argued the four states who would have their votes discounted.
‘Let us be clear. Texas invites this Court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next President of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected,’ they asked the court.
Adding to the intrigue and farce of the situation, it was revealed just hours after the latest filing that Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, who filed the suit, had his office served with a federal subpoena on Wednesday.
FBI agents delivered ‘at least one’ subpoena to the AG’s office, the Austin-American Statesman reported Thursday, in connection to an ongoing investigation. The subpoena follows multiple aides in his office quitting and alleging abuse of his office and bribery. Paxton’s prominent role in the case, combined with his own legal troubles, has led to speculation he is seeking a presidential pardon – following Trump intends to dole out a slew of pardons to allies in his final weeks in office.
Paxton was among the Republican attorneys general who met with Trump at the White House Thursday amid his suit seeking to overturn the election.
The Pennsylvania AG’s office described the Texas suit as a crass political maneuver to extend Trump’s term.
‘Texas’s effort to get this Court to pick the next President has no basis in law or fact. The Court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated,’ they urged.
Even so, 106 House Republicans – more than half the GOP’s majority – endorsed the suit in a friend of the court brief filed Thursday.
Georgia’s lieutenant governor, Geoff Duncan, blasted the suit. ‘This is not American, this is not democracy. This is not our finest moment. My hope is we quickly move past this,’ he told the PBS News Hour.
‘We have not seen a single ounce of systemic or organized fraud,’ he said. ‘I’m proud of that even though the person I supported didn’t win.
The lawyers for the four states, headed by Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro’s office, took aim at a major federalism flaw in the case – allowing one state to seek to ‘dictate’ the election laws of another, even as the Constitution grants states the authority to run their own elections.
‘Texas has not suffered harm simply because it dislikes the result of the election, and nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four other states run their elections. Nor is that view grounded in any precedent from this Court. Texas does not seek to have the Court interpret the Constitution, so much as disregard it.’
The Pennsylvania AG even took time to dispatch a ‘statistical analysis’ provided by the Texas suit that the chance of Biden winning despite Trump’s ‘lead’ at 3 am on election night was ‘less than one in a quadrillion.’
‘Texas also relies on a statistical analysis prepared by Charles J. Cicchetti, Ph.D., in support of the assertion that the results in the four defendant states were so improbable as to be evidence of misconduct. Bill of Complaint ¶¶ 9–12. Texas’s allegations and Dr. Cicchetti’s analysis are nonsense,’ according to the filing.
”It bases this astounding assertion on Dr. Cicchetti’s assessment, for each of the states, of the extremely low probability that the votes counted before 3 a.m. and those counted afterwards were ‘randomly drawn from the same population.’
However the way the votes came in were not random.
’But the votes counted later were indisputably not ‘randomly drawn’ from the same population of votes, as those counted earlier were predominantly in-person votes while those counted later were predominantly mail-in votes. And Texas’s own complaint shows why the later-counted votes led to such a strong shift in favor of President-Elect Biden: ‘Significantly, in Defendant States, Democrat [sic] voters voted by mail at two to three times the rate of Republicans.’ Bill of Complaint at ¶ 39. Both this fact and the expectation that it would result in a shift in PresidentElect Biden’s favor as mail-in votes were counted were widely reported months ahead of the election,’ the filing notes.
The claims by Texas ‘are neither serious nor dignified,’ according to the filing. The dispute ‘involves Pennsylvania’s interpretation of its own laws, and Texas’s disagreement with that interpretation.’
Texas ‘repeats the same false allegations of election fraud that have already been repeatedly rejected by other courts,’ according to the filing, following dozens of defeats by Trump and his allies in election lawsuits since Nov. 3.
‘And its request for relief—to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters who reasonably relied upon the law—is uniquely unserious.’
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a blistering response to the Texas AG’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the election
The filing calls out a ‘cacophony of bogus claims’ and calls it ‘legally indefensible’
A total of 106 House Republicans signed onto a motion to file a friend of the court brief in favor of the suit – a demonstration of Trump’s continued hold over the party he has dominated since capturing the Republican nomination in 2016 and taking office.
Included were Reps. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Steve Scalise of Louisiana – the House minority whip, and Trump loyalists Jim Jordan of Ohio and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
Trump kept up his bid to try to get the Supreme Court to overturn the election Thursday, tweeting about a ‘coup’ and a ‘corrupt election’ hours after another federal judge dismissed an election challenge by a Trump ally.
Trump met Thursday with state attorneys general have have followed his lead in seeking to intervene in a Texas lawsuit asking the high court to disregard millions of ballots in four states that Joe Biden Won.
And he continued to tout a conspiracy theory involving voting machines that Trump’s lawyers say were designed to rig the election, despite courts and state officials not buying it.
‘Great. Most corrupt Election in history, by far. We won!!!’ Trump tweeted, as he blasted out post about Republican House members seeking a special counsel to probe the election, which Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes.
‘Voter Fraud!’ he wrote in another tweet, where he retweeted a Newsmax host who posted video purporting to show ‘mysterious ballots’ being counted in Georgia.
He also retweeted a ‘Trump rally fan’ he said appeared on Trump-loyalist network OAN who claimed a ‘coup’ was happening – hours after Trump himself tweeted ‘#OVERTURN.’
‘People are upset, and they have a right to be. Georgia not only supported Trump in 2016, but now. This is the only State in the Deep South that went for Biden? Have they lost their minds? This is going to escalate dramatically. This is a very dangerous moment in our history.. …The fact that our Country is being stolen. A coup is taking place in front of our eyes, and the public can’t take this anymore,’ the unidentified person said in the quote Trump tweeted.
THE 126 HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO WANT SCOTUS TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION RESULT
Ralph Abraham Louisiana
Robert Aderholt Alabama
Rick W. Allen Georgia
Jodey Arrington Texas
James R. Baird Indiana
Jim Banks Indiana
Jack Bergman Michigan
Andy Biggs Arizona
Gus Bilirakis Florida
Dan Bishop North Carolina
Mike Bost Illinois
Kevin Brady Texas
Mo Brooks Alabama
Ken Buck Colorado
Ted Budd North Carolina
Tim Burchett Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess Texas
Bradley Byrne Alabama
Ken Calvert California
Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter Georgia
Ben Cline Virginia
Michael Cloud Texas
Doug Collins Georgia
Mike Conaway Texas
Rick Crawford Arkansas
Dan Crenshaw Texas
Scott DesJarlais Tennessee
Mario Diaz-Balart Florida
Jeff Duncan South Carolina
Neal P. Dunn Florida
Tom Emmer Minnesota
Ron Estes Kansas
A. Drew Ferguson Georgia
Chuck Fleischmann Tennessee
Bill Flores Texas
Jeff Fortenberry Nebraska
Virginia Foxx North Carolina
Russ Fulcher Idaho
Matt Gaetz Florida
Greg Gianforte Montana
Bob Gibbs Ohio
Louie Gohmert Texas
Lance Gooden Texas
Sam Graves Missouri
Mark Green Tennessee
Morgan Griffith Virginia
Michael Guest Mississippi
Jim Hagedorn Minnesota
Andy Harris Maryland
Vicky Hartzler Missouri
Kevin Hern Oklahoma
Clay Higgins Louisiana
Jody Hice Georgia
Trey Hollingsworth Indiana
Richard Hudson North Carolina
Bill Huizenga Michigan
Bill Johnson Ohio
Mike Johnson Louisiana
Jim Jordan Ohio
John Joyce Pennsylvania
Fred Keller Pennsylvania
Mike Kelly Pennsylvania
Trent Kelly Mississippi
Steve King Iowa
David Kustoff Tennessee
Darin LaHood Illinois
Doug LaMalfa California
Doug Lamborn Colorado
Robert Latta Ohio
Debbie Lesko Arizona
Billy Long Missouri
Barry Loudermilk Georgia
Blaine Leutkemeyer Missouri
Kenny Marchant Texas
Roger Marshall Kansas
Kevin McCarthy California Minority leader
Tom McClintock California
Cathy McMorris Rogers Washington
Dan Meuser Pennsylvania
Carol D. Miller West Virginia
John Moolenaar Michigan
Alex Mooney West Virginia
Markwayne Mullin Oklahoma
Gregory Murphy North Carolina
Dan Newhouse Washington
Ralph Norman South Carolina
Steven Palazzo Mississippi
Gary Palmer Alabama
Greg Pence Indiana
Scott Perry Pennsylvania
Bill Posey Florida
Guy Reschenthaler Pennsylvania
Tom Rice South Carolina
Mike Rodgers Alabama
John Rose Tennessee
David Rouzer North Carolina
John Rutherford Florida
Steve Scalise Louisiana Minority whip
Austin Scott Georgia
Mike Simpson Idaho
Adrian Smith Nebraska
Jason Smith Missouri
Ross Spano Florida
Pete Stauber Michigan
Elise Stefanik New York
Gregory Steube Florida
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson Pennsylvania
Tom Tiffany Wisconsin
William Timmons South Carolina
Jeff Van Drew New Jersey
Ann Wagner Missouri
Tim Walberg Michigan
Mark Walker North Carolina
Jackie Walorski Indiana
Michael Waltz Florida
Randy Weber Texas
Daniel Webster Florida
Brad Wenstrup Ohio
Bruce Westerman Arkansas
Roger Williams Texas
Joe Wilson South Carolina
Rob Wittman Virginia
Ron Wright Texas
Ted S. Yoho Florida
Lee Zeldin New York
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The president’s push to rally against the election result came in advance of a 3 pm deadline for four states – Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia – to respond to the suit by the Texas attorney general.
Trump’s forces are running out of time. The Electoral College meets Monday, although the suit seeks to have the states delay their participation, despite the Constitution’s call for a single meeting.
‘There are 20 million reasons’ the case will fail, Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsburg told CNN, referencing the number of people who would be disenfranchised if the Court decided as Texas proposes. ‘Now this is just a sour grapes case,’ he said.
Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse was among a few elected Republicans dissing the case, even as 17 state attorneys general sought to sign on.
‘I’m no lawyer, but I suspect the Supreme Court swats this away. From the brief, it looks like a fella begging for a pardon filed a PR stunt rather than a lawsuit – as all of its assertions have already been rejected by federal courts and Texas’ own solicitor general isn’t signing on,’ he wrote.
ADULTERY AND AN FBI PROBE: MEET THE AG BEHIND HAIL MARY BID TO VOID ELECTION
The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor.
Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton’s staff that the Republican committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul.
The investigation was reported in mid-November by the Associated Press.
Paxton has denied wrongdoing and refused calls for his resignation since his top deputies reported him to federal authorities at the end of September.
Trump ally: Ken Paxton with Eric Trump and his wife Angela – who he admits cheating on
It’s unclear how far the FBI is into investigating the allegations against Paxton. An agency spokeswoman in San Antonio declined to comment.
Paxton is accused of using his position as Texas’ top law enforcement official to benefit Paul in several ways.
Central to their claims is the fact that Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate the developer’s allegations that the FBI improperly searched his home and offices last year.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right, with Trump in the Beast in 2018) has filed suit against four states that went for Joe Biden, asking the Supreme Court to have Republican-run state legislatures appoint electors and hand the presidency to Donald Trump
Each of Paxton’s accusers has resigned, been put on leave or been fired since reporting him. Last week, four of them filed a state whistleblower lawsuit against the attorney general, claiming he ousted them as retribution.
The full nature of Paxton and Paul’s connection remains unclear. In 2018, Paul donated $25,000 to the attorney general’s reelection campaign. The developer also said in a recent deposition that Paxton recommended a woman for her job with his company.
Two people previously told The Associated Press that Paxton acknowledged in 2018 having an extramarital affair with the woman, who was then a state Senate aide. The people spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears about retaliation.
Paxton has spent most of his tenure in office maintaining his innocence in the face of an indictment on unrelated securities fraud charges. The case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.
His ‘begging for a pardon’ comment likely referenced Texas AG Ken Paxton, who was indicted in 2015 for alleged securities fraud and been accused by former aides of abuse of office and bribery. He is currently under FBI investigation.
And in Wisconsin, the chief federal judge of the district of the state, Pamela Pepper, dismissed one of conspiracy theory attorney Sidney Powell’s ‘Kraken’ lawsuits on Wednesday night ruling: Federal judges do not appoint the president in this country.
‘One wonders why the plaintiffs came to federal court and asked a federal judge to do so.
‘After a week of sometimes odd and often harried litigation, the court is no closer to answering the ‘why.”
In another federal court in the state Thursday, Trump’s lawyers tried to have the Wisconsin victory overturned on the basis that the voting system adopted by the state, including drop boxes for absentee ballots, was unconstitutional.
But they seemed to be facing almost certain defeat, first agreeing that they were in no way alleging fraud, and then facing Trump appointee Brett Ludwig suggesting that the ruling they were looking for was not on offer.
‘This would be a most remarkable proceeding and probably the most remarkable ruling in the history of this court or the federal judiciary,’ he said before hearing from Trump’s attorney.
The Supreme Court Texas case, filed this week, features an affidavit by Mellissa Carone, whose wild and antagonistic testimony went viral and got treated to a sketch on Saturday Night Live. It references a case filed in Michigan supported by the affidavit, and it includes her sworn statement in the appendix for the case.
Carone was recently on probation after initially being charged with a computer crime.
Trump on Wednesday night told a White House Hanukkah party that he is going to ‘win this election’ if Supreme Court judges have ‘courage and wisdom’ to overturn results.
The mostly maskless crowd chanted ‘four more years’ after Trump told them that the help of ‘certain very important people’ was needed to prevent him from having to leave the White House.
He appeared to be referencing the case filed by the Texas Attorney General on Monday and later joined by 17 other Republican-led states that is calling on the Supreme Court to overturn the results in four states.
Yet, Texas senator John Cornyn spoke out against his AG Ken Paxton on Wednesday night, stating that he could not see the legal basis to the challenge.
Paxton has claimed that the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia are ‘tainted’ due to the elections processes in those states.
Cornyn, who faced criticism in late November for saying the Senate is not obligated to confirm Biden appointees, told CNN that he believed states should not interfere in each other’s elections.
‘I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it,’ he said of Paxton’s case.
‘Number one, why would a state, even such a great state as Texas, have a say so on how other states administer their elections,’ Cornyn added.
‘We have a diffused and dispersed system and even though we might not like it, they may think it’s unfair, those are decided at the state and local level and not at the national level. So it’s an interesting theory, but I’m not convinced.’
Cornyn has previously refused to acknowledge that Biden has won the election yet has also spoken out about Trump’s failure to prove that there was any voter fraud.
After Cornyn took a hit at AG Paxton on Wednesday, he was commended by Jeb Bush, who echoed the claim that the case has no legal base.
‘Thank you Senator Cornyn. There is no legal theory and the conservative majority Supreme Court will reject it out of hand,’ he wrote.
Yet Trump is firing ahead with the Hail Mary attempt to change the results of the election telling the crowd gathered at the White House on Wednesday night that it was a ‘historic fight’.
‘It’s really for the soul of our country — because if somebody wins an election by a lot and they take the election away and they give it to people that shouldn’t be there, I think that’s a problem for our country,’ he said.
This came after Trump’s new lawyer produced a filing claiming there is something ‘deeply amiss’ in the election results.
The lawyer, John Eastman, had also penned an op-ed this summer doubting whether Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was eligible for office despite her being born in California.
The new legal brief with Trump’s name on it, included a motion for Trump, identified as the president, ‘to intervene in his personal capacity as candidate for re-election’.
The brief includes many of the same arguments Trump has put forward on his Twitter account – including Wednesday, when Trump tweeted no candidate has ever lost the White House while carrying Florida and Ohio.
‘The fact that nearly half of the country believes the election was stolen should come as no surprise,’ according to the filing.
‘President Trump prevailed on nearly every historical indicia of success in presidential elections. For example, he won both Florida and Ohio; no candidate in history—Republican or Democrat—has ever lost the election after winning both States.’
It also relies on statistical claims about the vote, in a race Trump has claimed was ‘rigged’ despite Joe Biden getting 7 million more votes than he did.
‘This, despite the fact that the nearly 75 million votes he received—a record for any incumbent President—was nearly 12 million more than he received in the 2016 election, also a record (in contrast to the 2012 election, in which the incumbent received 3 million fewer votes than he had four years earlier but nevertheless prevailed).’
‘These things just don’t normally happen, and a large percentage of the American people know that something is deeply amiss,’ according to the filing, which comes after passage of the ‘safe harbor’ deadline and after enough states certified their vote for Joe Biden to win the Electoral College.
Trump has asked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to argue the case if the Supreme Court decides to listen to its merit.
Cruz argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court before he was elected to the Senate and been a loyal Trump defender, although he also ran for president in 2016.
By way of remedy, Trump asks that the vote be thrown out and for the high court to ‘direct’ that state legislatures ‘have the authority to appoint a new set of Electors in a manner that does not violate the Electors Clause, or to appoint no Electors at all’ – which would have the result of nullifying millions of votes in the four states.
It also seeks to award costs to the plaintiff for the intervention, as well as ‘such other relief as the court deems just and proper.’
It says the high court should ‘direct the defendant States to review their election results in compliance with pre-existing state law and count only lawfully cast ballots and thereby determine who truly won the contest for President of the United States.’
Federal judges overseeing cases by Trump allies in Michigan and other states have scoffed at remedies that would wipe away millions of votes. ‘The people have spoken,’ ruled U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker in Michigan as she dismissed a suit.
President-elect Joe Biden won 306 Electoral College votes compared to 232 for Trump, while winning 81 million votes nationwide compared to 74 million for Trump.
Attorney John Eastman, pictured above, who filed the motion for Trump to intervene in the Texas lawsuit, penned an op-ed this summer doubting whether Vice President-elect Kamal Harris was eligible for office despite her being born in California
Amid the rush by Republicans to back Trump, even after all 50 states and D.C. certified their votes, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah blasted the idea of having state legislatures overturn the will of voters.
‘It’s just simply madness. The idea of supplanting the vote of the people with partisan legislators is so completely out of our national character that it’s simply mad,’ Romney said.
‘Of course the President has the right to challenge results in court, to have recounts. But this effort to subvert the vote of the people is dangerous and destructive of the cause of democracy,’ he added.
The Electoral College meets Monday, in the next milestone toward Inauguration Day on January 20th.
The case led by AG Paxton has also been joined by seventeen other state attorneys general – all Republicans and all hailing from states that Trump carried in November.
‘Encroachments on the authority of state Legislatures by other state actors violate the separation of powers and threaten individual liberty,’ wrote the states, who are seeking to have the court step in to overturn the vote in four other states.
‘States have a strong interest in ensuring that the votes of their own citizens are not diluted by the unconstitutional administration of elections in other States,’ they write.
Signing on were the top law enforcement officers of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to another case seeking to overturn the certification process in Pennsylvania by voiding its mail-in ballots. No justice registered a dissent – suggesting that the decision could have been 9-0 against Republican Mike Kelly, whose case would hav
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