106 House Republicans, which is more than half of all the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, just filed a brief with the Supreme Court, demanding that the court name Donald Trump as the winner of the 2020 election.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, and Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York, are among the congressman who signed the brief.
“The unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections,” the brief says.
On Wednesday, 17 other states, all with Republican attorneys general, also filed a brief in the Supreme Court supporting Texas’ position.
According to a Washington Post survey, only 25 Congressional Republicans have acknowledged President-elect Biden’s victory.
This is what gerrymandering gives us: districts so deep red that 106 House Republicans (54% of the Caucus) feel totally safe signing on to Trump’s coup attempt.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@NickKnudsenUS) December 10, 2020
The brief supports a lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The lawsuit demands that the Supreme Court block Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin from casting their electoral college votes for President-Elect Joe Biden. If the lawsuit is successful, Donald Trump would effectively win the election.
However, Paxon is currently facing an FBI investigation for corruption himself, and most legal experts say that he has no case. In fact, it has been rumored that President Trump is planning to pardon Paxon in exchange for his help with the election.
Meanwhile, The Supreme Court has remained silent, and has refused to comment on whether or not it will take up the case.
“At core, Texas is recycling legal claims that have already failed, but through a lawsuit that suffers from a whole host of additional procedural problems,” Lisa Marshall Manheim, constitutional and election law professor at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, recently told Bloomberg News.
Jake Tapper goes off on the 106 House Republicans who signed on to Texas' Trump-backed attempt to overturn the election:
"It’s absolutely undemocratic. It is seditious… they’re going to be forever associated with this crap, with this insane, un-American, undemocratic lawsuit!" pic.twitter.com/U5jFU0WUNN
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 10, 2020
In a phone interview with Fox News two weeks ago, US Trump acknowledged that his legal battle “probably” won’t reach the Supreme Court, which has been the primary goal of his legal team.
It was announced this week that all 50 states have now certified their presidential election results, making Biden the winner.
President-elect Joe Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes, and Trump is projected to win 232. It takes 270 electoral votes of the 538 available to become president.
On January 6, the Senate and the House will convene to count the electoral votes and officially declare the winner of the election.
The joint session of Congress is required by law to ratify presidential results, but also allows “members to object to the returns from any individual state as they are announced,” according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).