President meets with Republican attorneys general backing his efforts
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump, who continues to challenge his alleged electoral defeat, met at the White House with state attorneys general who support the lawsuit filed by the state of Texas.
Several legal scholars questioned the prospects of the lawsuit, but Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court has a chance to save our country from the greatest election abuse 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 challenges the results in four key states where Democrat Joe Biden won: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. These states account for a total of 62 electoral votes.
The outcome of the US presidential election is not decided by a general election, but by the Electoral College. To win, 270 electoral votes are needed.
According to preliminary estimates, Biden has 306 votes and Trump has 232. The Electoral College vote will take place on Monday and Congress must consider and approve the results on 6 January, which is usually a purely formal process.
However, Trump is calling on Republican lawmakers to challenge the electoral rolls in states where Biden won by a narrow margin. If at least one member of the House of Representatives and one senator challenge the results in any of the states, confirmation of the electors in that state would require a vote by the full Congress.
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama has said he will challenge Biden’s victory, but it is unclear whether any senators will join his initiative.
If it comes to a vote, it is clear that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will vote against Trump.
Paxton’s lawsuit was supported by seventeen states that voted for Trump.
“There is overwhelming evidence of extensive fraud in four (at least) of the states mentioned in the Texas lawsuit,” Trump wrote on Twitter. – Just look at the records and testimony!”
Paxton, in his lawsuit, is asking that the four states that pledged to vote for Biden not be allowed to have electors, instead allowing state legislatures to appoint alternate electors.
The attorneys general of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – Democrats Dana Nessel, Josh Shapiro and Josh Kaul – called Paxton’s lawsuit an attempt to “mislead the public and undermine the foundation of the Constitution.”
“It’s high time the president, states and elected officials stopped misleading the public,” they said.