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📺WATCH! As I told @chrislhayes, I'm not shaken by the Texas #SCOTUS lawsuit because I think it has any chance of success. What shook me is who signed on to support it, including 106 Republican House members and 18 state AGs.— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) December 11, 2020
What this speaks to is an erosion of our democracy. pic.twitter.com/jDDJiPw8jC
(CNN)The Supreme Court rejected a bid from Texas’ attorney general — supported by President Donald Trump — to block the ballots of millions of voters in battleground states that went in favor of President Elect Joe Biden.
And from NPR:
“Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next president of the United States,” wrote Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr, president of the Republican Attorneys General Association. “That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected,” he said.
Breaking News: The Supreme Court rejected a Texas lawsuit to nullify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in four states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — effectively ending President Trump’s hope of reversing the election in court. https://t.co/LzDTbEc8t7— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 11, 2020
“Georgia did what the Constitution empowered it to do,” the state’s brief said. It “implemented processes for the election, administered the election in the face of logistical challenges brought on by Covid-19, and confirmed and certified the election results — again and again and again. Yet Texas has sued Georgia anyway.”
It has gone virtually unnoticed that Texas AG Ken Paxton’s seditious lawsuit marked the first time — in over 155 years — that a court action was filed in any United Stares court against— 💥𝐹𝓇𝑒𝒹𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝓀 MASK UP 𝒟𝑜𝓊𝑔𝓁𝒶𝓈𝓈💥 (@AmazingDouglass) December 11, 2020
But today feels just like Appomattox Courthouse!! #VictoryForTheUnion
Pennsylvania was equally acerbic. “The court should not abide this seditious abuse of judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that that abuse must never be replicated,” it said in its brief. And Wisconsin said the Texas bid “to nullify [Wisconsin’s] choice [for president] is devoid of a legal foundation or factual basis.”
It was unclear how or why Paxton, the Texas attorney general, decided to carry Trump’s water in the case. Especially since all four targeted states have Republican-controlled legislatures; and to date, both state and federal courts at lower levels, including Trump-appointed judges, have found the fraud allegations baseless.
The unprecedented nature of the Paxton suit, plus the fact that the state’s chief appellate lawyer, Kyle Hawkins, did not sign the Texas brief as he usually would do, has spurred speculation that Paxton is seeking a pardon. He is currently under indictment for securities fraud, and is being investigated by the FBI on bribery and abuse of power allegations.
Although the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over disputes between states, such cases are rare, and are almost exclusively confined to disputes that can’t be handled by other courts, such as disputes over borders or water rights.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rejected an effort to block Pennsylvania from certifying its election results in favor of Biden. Trump distanced himself from the legal blow, and hitched his wagon instead to the Texas lawsuit, calling it, “the case that everyone has been waiting for.”
#BREAKING: The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit brought by Texas and 17 other GOP-run states alleging election fraud in four other states, in yet another failed attempt by allies of President Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 election. https://t.co/97QP8zrNYL— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) December 11, 2020