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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas Attorney General’s election lawsuit

Ken Paxton
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an order late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton - and supported by President Donald Trump - seeking to overturn presidential election results in four key battleground states.

The high court said the state of Texas lacked standing to file the suit because it does not have a "cognizable interest" in how other states conduct their own elections.

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The court did not provide a vote count, but there were no dissents to the order made public.

Separately, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said they would have allowed the case to be filed because it was a matter of original jurisdiction (state verses state lawsuits can start at the Supreme Court), but would grant no other relief.

Paxton, a staunch Trump ally, sought to sue Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin -- which all went for Democrat Joe Biden -- and invalidate their election results.

The high court’s order was a stark repudiation of a legal claim that was widely regarded as dubious, yet embraced by the president, 19 Republican state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans.

Trump had insisted the court would find the “wisdom” and “courage” to adopt his baseless position that the election was the product of widespread fraud and should be overturned. But the nation’s highest court emphatically disagreed.

The court’s order was its second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans just days ago.

The Electoral College meets this coming Monday to formally elect Biden as the next president.

(The AP, ABC News and CNN contributed to this report.)

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  1. All 3 Trump appointees refused to hear the case. Thomas and Alito dissent only as they would’ve heard the case, but in Thomas’s own words “provide no other relief”. That’s a butt-whooping. Time to move on and make Biden jokes.

    1. No way Kavanaugh or Amy would ever of heard this case as they are constitutionalists of the highest level. Roberts is kook. Alito is old and senile and Thomas and the 3 libs vote their political beliefs.

    2. Time to pack all of Trump’s Covid19 infected belongings and put them out on the street. Nice try trying to steal the election in order to avoid going to jail. The evil Empire of Trump and Company is crumbling. HALLELUJAH!!! Eventually Good wins over Evil although it has taken 4 years, the Trump Shit Show has drawn the final curtain!

  2. Again Paxton proves to be an embarrassment to the state. Any first year law student knew Texas had no standing. My question is why didn’t the Court order severe sanctions against all those who participated?

  3. None of these idiots thought the SCOTUS would hear their case. They just put on a show to save face, and to give Trump’s Hillbilly Nut Jobs one last thing in order to stay on their good side. Cowards all still scared of Trump and his Redneck, Ignorant, Sycophants.

    1. Fero, maga and GoofyMike hiding in their basement afraid of what Biden will do to all the Racist Right Wing Hillbillies now that their Dear Leader is not there to protect them. Trump will never hold political office again, so move to Russia or North Korea where you can live under an Authoritarian of your choice.

    1. Jason the Trump lovin’ idiot from El Paso. You’ll have to move to Florida to be near your Imbecile, Incompetent, Racist, Right Wing. Has-been One-term *president*

  4. Trump WILL NOT give Paxton a pardon after he is arrested and put in an nice Texas Corrections jumpsuit. He will throw Paxton under the bus just like he does everyone who fails to help him with his vision of a Nazi Amerika.

  5. Oh well.Another day another Trump lawsuit thrown in the wastebasket. Wisconsin judges laughed Trump’s lawyers out of the courtroom. Said it was an obvious RACIST attempt to disenfranchise black votes!! The judges call the Trumptard Racist, his family calls the Trumptard Racist, even the dog catcher in D.C knows the Trumptard is a Racist, his minions know he is a Racist. All the Racist Republikkkans know he is a RACIST. But hey, that’s why THEY LOVE HIM!!!!

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