WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump, who continues to challenge his alleged electoral defeat, met at the White House with state attorneys general who are supporting the Texas lawsuit.
Several legal scholars questioned the suit’s prospects, but Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court has a chance to save our country from the greatest electoral abuses in US history.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court by one of Trump’s supporters, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Paxton’s lawsuit disputes results in four key states defeated by Democrat Joe Biden: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. These states have a total of 62 electoral votes.
The outcome of a presidential election in the United States is determined not by universal suffrage, but by the Electoral College. To win, 270 electoral votes are required.
According to preliminary estimates, Biden has 306 votes, Trump has 232. The Electoral College vote will take place on Monday, and Congress is to consider and approve the results on January 6, which is usually a purely formal process.
However, Trump is urging Republican lawmakers to challenge the electoral rolls in states where Biden won by a small margin. If even one member of the House of Representatives and one Senator question the results in a particular state, the confirmation of the electors in that state will require a full vote of Congress.
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama has said he will challenge Biden’s victory, but it is unclear if any senators will join his initiative.
If it comes to a vote, it is clear that the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will vote against Trump.
Paxton’s suit was supported by seventeen states that voted for Trump.
“There is overwhelming evidence of massive fraud in four (at least) states mentioned in the Texas lawsuit,” Trump tweeted. “Just look at the tapes and readings!”
Paxton, in his lawsuit, asks to prevent electors from four states that have promised to vote for Biden, instead allowing state legislatures to appoint alternate electors.
Attorneys general of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – Democrats Dana Nessel, Josh Shapiro and Josh Kaul – called Paxton’s suit an attempt to “mislead the public and undermine the foundation of the Constitution.”
“It is high time for the president, states and elected officials to stop misleading the public,” they said.