U.S. Supreme Court throws out Texas lawsuit, dealing final blow to Trump Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021

The United States Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump and Republican states to overturn Joe Biden’s win.

The Apex Court rejected the lawsuit, saying Texas did not have any standing to bring the suit to the court.

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“The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution,” the Supreme Court’s order reads.

The Apex Court said “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

All the justices, including the three that Trump himself put in the court, rejected the frivolous lawsuit.

The decision not to even hear the suit Trump labeled the real suit is a blow to the president and more than 200 Republican lawmakers who lined up to support it.

The Electoral College will meet on Monday to certify Biden’s win, and he will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

Texas filed the lawsuit with the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking to delay the certification of election results in four states won by Biden – Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

A day after, on Wednesday, 17 of the 25 Republican states in the United States filed a brief with the Supreme Court, which is a show of support for the lawsuit.

President Donald Trump then filed a motion with the court to intervene, which has made him a party to the case.

The United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court

Trump also asked his friend Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas, who has not practiced serious law for a long time, to argue the case for him at the Supreme Court.

The Texas lawsuit was filed by the Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who is considering a run for governor.

His suit claimed that voting irregularities in the four states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia should be investigated by the state legislatures before they can certify Biden’s win, in the hope that the Republican lawmakers will overturn the results of the election or appoint Trump electors who will disregard who won these states and pick Trump when the electoral college meets on Monday.

There are 50 states in the United States, and 25 Republican attorney generals in the country. While 17 of them joined the lawsuit, two of the Republican states won by Biden – Georgia and Arizona refused to join the suit.

Chris Carr, the Republican attorney general in Georgia pushed back against the Texas lawsuit after it was filed, issuing a statement, saying Ken Paxton was “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia.”

The suit seemed to be so unserious that President Trump’s own motion to join it did not say rampant election fraud took place. His motion claimed that reporting in the media ‘misses the point’ because the larger issue is whether state officials loosened ballot safeguards “so that fraud becomes undetectable.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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