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Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit over Biden victory, Trump strikes back

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U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on December 11, 2020.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lengthy shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed US President Donald Trump in a bid to overturn his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden. .

The judges said in a brief order that Texas has no legal status to bring the case against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Together with the case from Pennsylvania, for the second time this week the Conservative-majority court repulsed an attempt to manipulate the will of voters.

The Republican Attorney General of Texas, an ally of Trump, filed the Texas case Tuesday. The Republican president intervened Wednesday and filed a motion to become a plaintiff.

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The 6-3 traditional majority of the Supreme Court consisted of three judges appointed by Mr. Trump and none of them commented on the unsigned order. In the run-up to the Nov. 3 election, Trump said he expected the outcome to be decided by the Supreme Court, citing the Republican-controlled Senate as a reason to quickly confirm Justice Amy Connie Barrett, one of his appointments. Election.

“Texas has not shown a legally recognizable interest in the way another state conducts its elections,” the court said in a statement.

Two of the court’s conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they were allowed to file a lawsuit against Texas, but that did not prevent the four states from finalizing their election results.

There has been no immediate response from the White House or the Trump campaign. A “Biden spokesman” said the High Court had rejected “baseless attempts” to deny that Trump had lost the election.

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“The Supreme Court of our country has seen through this treasonous abuse of our electoral process,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said on Twitter.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nestle also said in a statement that the ruling was “an important reminder that we are a nation of laws, and that even if some people bow to the will of a single person, the courts will not do so.”

There are no legal grounds

The four states asked the judges, who filed in court Thursday, to dismiss the case, saying there were no real or legal reasons for it.

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Trump’s campaign and his allies have already lost several lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the election results. Trump mistakenly claimed he had won and made widespread allegations of widespread vote fraud and a “tough” system against him.

State election officials said they had no evidence that fraud had taken place. Lawyers for Mr. Trump and his allies have failed to present evidence in court about the fraud he alleges.

Texas asked judges to throw the results in four states. Mr. Biden, who took office on January 20, won all four. Mr. Trump won them in the 2016 election.

“It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court has decided not to take up this case and to determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to comply with federal and state election law,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.

Mr. Trump and many of his fellow Republicans have made false claims that the expansion of mail-in voting during the coronavirus epidemic won Mr. Biden on the election battlefield.

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Democrats and other critics have accused Trump of trying to undermine American democracy by undermining public confidence in the integrity of the U.S. election and undermining voter will.

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Despite the president’s quixotic quest to manipulate the results, Trump advisers inside and outside the White House have resigned to defeat Mr. Trump. Mr Trump has refused to accept the election and advisers say he hopes it will continue.

The Texas lawsuit argues that changes made by four states to voting policies in the midst of the epidemic to expand mail-in voting are illegal. Texas has asked the Supreme Court to immediately bar the four states from using the voting results to nominate president voters for the Electoral College, which will officially confirm the winner Monday.