WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn President Trump’s defeat in four battleground states.
The ruling was delivered in a three-sentence order. The order was unsigned.
“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. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the Court wrote. “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”
BREAKING: Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to toss out election results in four key states that Biden won— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) December 11, 2020
Justices Samuel Alito wrote that, “In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.”
In a very brief order, the court says Texas lacks Article III standing to sue other states over how they conduct their own elections. In layperson's words: a state has no valid interest, under the Constitution, in attempting to police other states' voting procedures. pic.twitter.com/o2TRRN2PmM— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) December 11, 2020
Justice Clarence Thomas concurred with Alito’s statement.
Alito & Thomas said they would have heard the case (they have a belief that SCOTUS must hear *all* cases brought in this manner).— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) December 11, 2020
But: they said they would not have granted "other relief." Meaning, they wouldn't have prevented the Electoral College process from moving forward pic.twitter.com/lhN9lOW9UD
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, tweeted that the Supreme Court “closed the book on the nonsense.”
Every American who cares about the rule of law should take comfort that the Supreme Court — including all three of President Trump’s picks — closed the book on the nonsense. pic.twitter.com/QyNhvVc15p— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) December 12, 2020
Michael Gwin, a spokesman for Biden, tweeted that the Supreme Court “has decisively and speedily rejected the latest of Donald Trump and his allies’ attacks on the democratic process.”
“The Supreme Court has decisively and speedily rejected the latest of Donald Trump and his allies’ attacks on the democratic process,” Biden spox @MichaelJGwin says. pic.twitter.com/mEMVG4A0uM— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) December 12, 2020
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted that the decision “is an important reminder that we are a nation of law, and though some may bend to the desire of a single individual, the courts will not.”
.@MIAttyGen @dananessel issued the following comment after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by Texas to invalidate the results of the Nov. 3 general election in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: pic.twitter.com/xnlYTSl9z2— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) December 11, 2020
The lawsuit, brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, was joined by 17 states, more than half of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Trump. It sought to invalidate millions of votes cast in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. All four states were carried by President-elect Joe Biden.
With the filing of its reply brief on Friday morning, Texas cleared the way for the nation’s high court to issue an order on its request for a preliminary injunction, The Hill reported.
A quick decision was necessary since Monday is the day when Electoral College meetings will be held to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.
Trump weighed in on Twitter late Friday, tweeting that the high court “really let us down.”
“No wisdom, no courage,” Trump wrote.
The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
Seventeen Republican attorneys general and 126 members of Congress joined Texas and President Donald Trump in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out millions of votes, according to The Associated Press. On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana signed onto a brief backing the lawsuit.
Friday afternoon, Trump tweeted “If the Supreme Court shows great wisdom and courage, the American people will win perhaps the most important case in history, and our electoral process will be respected again.”
If the Supreme Court shows great Wisdom and Courage, the American People will win perhaps the most important case in history, and our Electoral Process will be respected again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
In an interview Friday night, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, vowed to fight on.
“We’re not finished, believe me,” Giuliani said during an interview with Newsmax.
But during an appearance on Newsmax tonight, Rudy Giuliani, the president's attorney, indicated the campaign's legal effort would continue.— Craig Mauger (@CraigDMauger) December 12, 2020
"We're not finished, believe me," Giuliani said.
The states targeted by the lawsuit backed by Trump fired back at the state of Texas on Thursday. State officials told the Supreme Court in a series of legal briefs that Texas has no business telling another state how to conduct its elections.
“The Court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated,” state of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote.
“Texas’ claims are no different than the multiple cases pressed in state and federal courts in Georgia over the past weeks,” Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr said.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a one-sentence order when it denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to nullify Biden’s certified victory in the Keystone State -- a state the President-elect won by more than 81,000 ballots.
Number of House Republicans who signed onto Trump lawsuit: 126— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) December 12, 2020
Words it took Supreme Court to reject the case: 126 pic.twitter.com/9gtqJm0vVN
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