A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against Vice President Mike Pence by longtime Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in a last-ditch attempt to turn the presidential election result.
US President Donald Trump's outfit have filed numerous lawsuits attempting to turn the disputed vote results of the controversial US 2020 presidential election pointing to President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.
Trump's crew claim that Biden's win was fraudulent.
Gohmert's recent lawsuit had sought to push Pence on January 6, when Congress convenes to announce the winner, from certifying the Electoral College results, which saw the president-elect gain 306 electoral college votes against the incumbent's 232.
However, Pence's own lawyers had asked for the case to be thrown out.
Pence himself told the judge on Thursday that he was the wrong person for Gohmert to sue, pointing out that the dispute of the Trump loyalists was with Congress, and not with him.
As stated in the US Constitution, the Vice President presides over Congress' ratification of the vote in a ceremonial role that involves opening and counting the envelopes containing Electoral College votes before announcing the final result of the US 2020 presidential election.
Gohmert, on Friday, said Pence can conduct the January 6 Congress ratification proceedings as he pleased, claiming the Vice President had the power to turn the disputed votes in states challenging Biden in favor of Trump.
Congressman Gohmert's lawsuit against Pence sought to push the Vice President to reject some of Biden's disputed Electoral College votes.
The Vice President's role is not simply a "glorified envelope-opener in chief," argued Gohmert's attorneys.
However, Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who had been appointed to the Texas federal court in 2018 by Trump, ruled that the plaintiffs lacked a legal standing to sue Pence.
In the meantime, President-elect Biden is due to take office on 20 January. Trump is yet to concede defeat.
Although the majority of Republicans in Congress are expected to vote in favor of ratifying the election results, a small number including Senator Josh Hawley, say they plan to object.
However, the Trump loyalists' objection is widely seen as a long shot , not going to change the election result.
Biden will be sworn in as president at a ceremony with just 1,000 tickets available due to precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic.