Over 100 GOP members of the House jointly filed a brief in support of Texas’ lawsuit against four battleground states seeking to block them from voting in the Electoral College for alleged “unconstitutional irregularities.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the election results of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, alleging that they had violated their election laws and argued that their results should be void. House Republicans filed an amicus brief in support of the Texas case.
“This brief presents [our] concern as Members of Congress, shared by untold millions of their constituents, that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections,” the House Republicans’ brief says, according to The Hill.
Here’s a full list provided courtesy of Caleb Thompson at the RNC.
The filing comes after Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) sent an email to every GOP member of the House earlier this week seeking cosigners on an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit.
“Today I made arrangements to file an amicus brief in the Texas case now pending at the Supreme Court on behalf of House Republicans who are all deeply concerned about the integrity of our election system,” Johnson said on Twitter on Tuesday. “Also today, my friend, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, agreed to join our state as a party to the case in support of Texas. Stay tuned for big developments …”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) announced earlier on Thursday that he would not be signing on to the House Republicans’ amicus because he thought the lawsuit filed by Texas “represents a dangerous violation of federalism & sets a precedent to have one state asking federal courts to police the voting procedures of other states.”
“The American people are raising legitimate questions & they deserve answers. I strongly support the continued pursuit of litigation where most likely to succeed – such as Georgia to bring to light any illegal votes & encourage, if necessary, state legislatures to alter their electors accordingly,” Roy said on Twitter. “But, I cannot support an effort that will almost certainly fail on grounds of standing and is inconsistent with my beliefs about protecting Texas sovereignty from the meddling of other states.”
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21 States support Texas SCOTUS lawsuit
Since Texas filed a suit, more than 20 states have joined or shown interest in joining. As it stands, the following states are seeking redress from the Supreme Court for the November 3 elections: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida.
Last night (Dec. 10) in Idaho, the Republican Party overruled the State Attorney General, also a Republican, to file an amicus brief seeking to take part in the case.
Wyoming revealed its possible involvement in the litigation this morning, with state lawmakers sending a letter to the governor urging the State Attorney General to take part in the lawsuit.
Lawmakers in Wyoming have indicated their official participation is forthcoming, with Wyoming Sen. Bo Biteman writing “The Governor responded to my email within minutes and has asked the Attorney General to look into the matter. Stay tuned!”
Similarly, last night Ohio Rep. Al Cutrona and other legislators have urged the state’s attorney general to immediately seek to join the Texas lawsuit.
“It’s time we take a stand to protect our Constitution,” wrote Cutrona. “I am upholding my duty as a legislator, as an American, and as an Ohioan.”
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has stayed neutral so far but has advised the Supreme Court to take swift action on the matter.
Hillary Clinton says Republicans who back Trump’s election challenge ‘have no spines’
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed Republicans who have supported President Donald Trump’s public statements and legal challenges contesting the results of the 2020 election.
“The election was not close. There was no evidence of fraud. The states have certified the results,” Clinton said in a tweet Thursday. “Yet Trump continues to try to overturn the election at the expense of our democracy.”
“The emperor has no clothes,” she continued. “Republican electeds who continue to humor him have no spines.”
President Trump alleged the “election was rigged” on social media multiple times. A majority of Republican voters also agreed there were irregularities and Trump was the rightful winner, according to November polling data.