The Trump administration will participate in a case filed by Texas against four other states before the Supreme Court over suspected violations of election law.
President Donald Trump announced that the federal government would be intervening in the case on the side of Texas on Wednesday morning, claiming that Texas’ suit is “the big one.”
“We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” Trump said.
In legal terms, an intervention is a procedure that allows a non-party to engage in ongoing litigation if the case affects that party’s rights. The court is considering a request to intervene, in this case the U.S. The Supreme Court has the discretion to allow or deny an application of this kind.
In the lawsuit, Texas alleges that by relaxing ballot-integrity measures, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin introduced last-minute unconstitutional changes to election laws, treated voters unequally, and triggered significant voting irregularities. The lawsuit asks the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that in breach of the Constitution, the four battleground states conducted the 2020 election.
Trump’s remarks about joining the suit as an intervener came after several states had expressed their support for the lawsuit. Statements in support of Paxton’s motion have been issued by attorneys general for Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, and Louisiana.
Earlier in the morning, after the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by a Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker to prevent the state from certifying its election, a blow to the Trump campaign and its attempts to challenge election outcomes in the battleground state, Trump hyped the Texas lawsuit.
“This was not my case as has been so incorrectly reported. The case that everyone has been waiting for is the State’s case with Texas and numerous others joining. It is very strong, ALL CRITERIA MET. How can you have a presidency when a vast majority think the election was RIGGED?” Trump said.
Trump lawyer says Supreme Court lawsuit is ‘End-All’ case
One of President Donald Trump’s lawyers said the Supreme Court lawsuit that was filed by the state of Texas against Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, claiming significant changes to election laws among other allegations, is the “end-all case” for Trump.
“The Supreme Court is not just considering what Texas has filed [Tuesday], they are now going the next step, which is to say, ‘We want a response from the states named,’” lawyer Jordan Sekulow told Newsmax, referring to the lawsuit. “This is the case we’ve been talking about to reach SCOTUS. This is the outcome-determinative case, 62 electoral college votes, enough to change the outcome of the election,” he continued.
“These are all constitutional challenges that Texas is bringing,” Sekulow said. “It’s specifically going at the heart of constitutional challenges.”
Lawyers for Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan have until Thursday to respond to the litigation. The lawsuit was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
People should understand this is the be-all, end-all case to really determine the outcome of this election,” Sekulow said. “This is the major challenge, the one we were waiting for.”
He continued: “That’s different than most court cases at the Supreme Court, because this is a case of original jurisdiction … because it is state versus state.”