Swing State Attorneys General Rail Against Texas’s Supreme Court Lawsuit: ‘The Court Should Not Abide This Seditious Abuse’
Attorneys general in Georgia, Michigan, Pennslylvania, and Wisconsin blasted a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn results of the 2020 election and install President Donald Trump for a second term.
Texas, along with seventeen other states – all of whom voted for Trump – are suing the swing states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which President-Elect Joe Biden won with significant margins, accusing them of rigging the election in favor of Biden.
There is no evidence of vote fraud or that anything was rigged.
Paxton and his co-plaintiffs are living in a “surreal alternate reality,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) wrote in a brief responding to the lawsuit, which was obtained by CNN.
“Texas’s effort to get this Court to pick the next President has no basis in law or fact. 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,” Shapiro said.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) offered similarly critical remarks about the case.
“The election in Michigan is over. Texas comes as a stranger to this matter and should not be heard here,” Nessel argued in her state’s brief. “The challenge here is an unprecedented one, without factual foundation or a valid legal basis.”
Georgia’s Republican Attorney General Chris Carr said that Texas has no right to sue other states simply because it dislikes how they voted.
“Texas presses a generalized grievance that does not involve the sort of direct state-against-state controversy required for original jurisdiction,” said Carr. “And in any case, there is another forum in which parties who (unlike Texas) have standing can challenge Georgia’s compliance with its own election laws: Georgia’s own courts.”
And in Wisconsin, Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) described the lawsuit as an “extraordinary intrusion into Wisconsin’s and the other defendant States’ elections, a task that the Constitution leaves to each State.”
On Thursday afternoon, 106 House Republicans signed an amicus brief expressing their support for the lawsuit, demonstrating an unassailable loyalty to Trump.
The soon-to-be former president joined the effort on Wednesday.
“Our Country is deeply divided in ways that it arguably has not been seen since the election of 1860,” Trump said in a court filing. “There is a high level of distrust between the opposing sides, compounded by the fact that, in the election just held, election officials in key swing states, for apparently partisan advantage, failed to conduct their state elections in compliance with state election law.”
The Supreme Court has not yet indicated whether it will hear the case. Trump and his cabal of lawyers have had more than 50 suits dismissed in federal court.
Forty-one days until the inauguration.