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Battleground states targeted in Texas lawsuit to overturn US election decry ‘bogus claims’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump (L) greeted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in Austin, Texas. (file photo)

Attorneys general for the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia have asked the Supreme Court to reject a Texas lawsuit to overturn the results of the November 3 presidential election, arguing that the case lacks legal grounds and makes “bogus” claims.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the justices to throw out the voting results in the four states over their expanded use of mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts,” Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, wrote in a filing to the high court.

“Let us be clear,” the brief continued. “Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next president of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected.”

Joe Biden, a Democrat, defeated President Donald Trump in the four battleground states in the 2020 election. The Republican president had won all four of them in 2016.

Local, state and national election officials have declared the November election “the most secure” in American history but the Trump campaign claims widespread fraud has occurred across the country.

Trump’s campaign and his allies have launched multiple lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the results. Most efforts have been rejected so far.

The Texas lawsuit, which is being backed by Republican attorneys general in 17 other states and 106 congressional Republicans, has been described as the most coordinated effort to overturn an election in recent American history.

However, legal experts believe the lawsuit has little chance of succeeding, questioning whether one state has legal standing to challenge election procedures in other states.

Michigan’s Democratic attorney general, Dana Nessel, listed the many cases that the Trump team has filed and lost in her state. “The challenge here is an unprecedented one, without factual foundation or a valid legal basis,” Nessel wrote in Michigan’s filing.

Similarly, Democratic attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul, noted in his filing that the president had already obtained recounts in two of Wisconsin’s most heavily Democratic counties, which showed no indication of fraud.

Chris Carr, Georgia’s Republican attorney general, said the claim by Texas that it has been harmed by election results in other states has no legal basis. “The novel and far-reaching claims that Texas asserts, and the breathtaking remedies it seeks, are impossible to ground in legal principles and unmanageable,” Carr wrote in Georgia’s filing.

 On Wednesday, Trump filed a motion with the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking the justices to let him intervene and become a plaintiff in the Texas lawsuit.

“The Supreme Court has a chance to save our Country from the greatest Election abuse in the history of the United States,” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia filed a brief on Thursday backing the four states targeted by Texas.




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