Trump claims he will ‘intervene’ in Texas AG’s Hail Mary Supreme Court bid to overturn election and calls it ‘the big one’ despite justices smacking down Republicans’ only other case without even hearing it
- Trump tweeted that he would be ‘intervening’ in long-shot case
- He called the case ‘the big one’
- Texas Republican attorney general sued four battleground states
- All four went for Joe Biden and have mail-in voting
- They also have Republican legislatures
- Trump said ‘we’ will intervene but did not specify if he meant the government
- Supreme Court Tuesday declined to take Pennsylvania case
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will be joining a far-fetched effort by the Republican attorney general in Texas to overturn the election in four battleground states carried by Joe Biden.
The case has already been called ‘insane’ by one University of Texas law professor, and follows a series of legal defeats for Team Trump. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to an other case seeking to challenge 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.
Less than 24 hours later, Trump wrote on Twitter that his legal efforts continue, despite the passing of a ‘safe harbor’ deadline, and the two lawyers leading the effort – Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis – being sidelined after testing positive for the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would be ‘intervening’ in a long-shot case filed by the Republican attorney general of Texas to overturn the vote in four other states
‘We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!’ Trump wrote.
It is a case with a severely limited chance of success. In the suit, filed late Monday in the name of the State of Texas, its attorney general Ken Paxton argues that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia violated the Constitution’s Elections Clause with their dramatic expansion of mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck called the suit ‘insane,’ quipping on Twitter: ‘It looks like we have a new leader in the ‘craziest lawsuit filed to purportedly challenge the election’ category.’
Top election lawyer Ben Ginsburg told CNN following Trump’s tweet about joining the case: ‘There’s no basis for it. I don think the Supreme Court for an instant will consider taking up this case.’
Trump called a case where Texas is suing four states that went for Joe Biden over their election laws ‘the big one’
Trump wrote after a big setback the Pennsylvania case was ‘not my case,’ while calling a Texas case filed this week ‘very strong.’ A University of Texas law professor called the case ‘insane’
Trump called the case, filed by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, ‘very strong’
The suit charges the four battleground states that went for Joe Biden with ‘rampant lawlessness’ for their ‘unconstitutional acts,’ although the Constitution grants the states authority to conduct federal elections. Pennsylvania voted in 2019 to create no-excuse mail-in voting when the state’s Democratic governor signed bipartisan legislation.
Trump also blasted the media for its coverage of the high court’s decision not to take the Pennsylvania case.
‘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?’