SCOTUS rejects Texas lawsuit to toss Biden electors

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit against four states that Joe Biden won.

The suit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday had urged the court to delay the appointment of presidential electors in those states so allegations of fraud can be investigated.

In their order, the High Court wrote the case was rejected for a “lack of standing.”

“The State of Texas’ motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution,” the court ruled.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas both dissented, writing that they would have “grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief.”

“In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction,” Alito wrote.

More than 17 states and 126 Republican House members signed briefs supporting the litigation which resembled a last-ditch legal battle by the president’s allies, while Trump joined the suit on Thursday.

The attorneys general in the states defended themselves against the litigation and denied charges they had rigged their voting process in Biden’s favor.

Wisconsin’s Democratic AG Josh Kaul called the Texas suit “an embarrassment” while Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday called the Lone Star State lawsuit “a publicity stunt.”

“The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have already been thoroughly litigated and roundly rejected in both state and federal courts — by judges appointed from both political parties,” Nessel said.

It’s the second legal defeat the nation’s highest court has handed to Trump who says the election was rigged and that he is the rightful winner, despite all 50 states now certifying Joe Biden’s win.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.

That suit, brought by GOP Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), argued that a 2019 state law authorizing mail-in ballots was unconstitutional, meaning that Pennsylvania’s 2.5 million postal votes would have been tossed.

In a one-sentence order, the High Court wrote: “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.”

On Monday, 538 electors from across the nation will convene to cast their vote for president and vice president of the United States.

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