(thepostmillennial)The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected the State of Texas’ bid to challenge the election results.
“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the court wrote in unsigned order.
This is a significant blow to the Trump’s case as Texas’ bid was seemingly invalidated from being taken seriously. The President tweeted earlier, urging SCOTUS to do the right thing in his eyes and make sure the “electoral process will be respected again!”
It remains unknown whether President Trump has any remaining avenues to potentially overturn the election. The Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the United States. Without its support, President Trump will indeed be a one-term President.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Trump legal team just filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court in the state of Georgia. The legal battles are seemingly to continue into the holidays.
The Supreme Court normally meets behind closed doors, without aides or clerks, to discuss pending petitions before them. Friday morning, the Supreme Court held their conference, with all nine justices on the phone.
On Thursday, the day before their conference and the weekend before the Supreme Court will release petitions they will hear or deny and possibly opinions on previous cases, multiple states and even members of the House, frantically filed their own amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs, all taking different sides. Texas also submitted a reply by their 3 pm deadline.
Thursday, lawyers from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin responded to the lawsuit Ken Paxton, Texas’ Attorney General filed Monday, arguing the Supreme Court should intervene due to “election irregularities” in those states. In their briefs, the swing states essentially argued Paxton, representing Texas, had no basis to file such a peculiar lawsuit at the Highest Court in the land.
Pennsylvania’s attorney general did not mince words: “Let us be clear. Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next President.”
The Supreme Court is the only court that can hear disputes between states as they have original jurisdiction. Lower courts are barred from hearing disputes between states, in case they are biased.
More than 100 members of Congress filed an amicus brief in support of Texas’ original lawsuit. The Supreme Court is ground zero of a fight between the states. On the other hand, over 20 states including the District of Columbia filed a brief supporting the swing states which were sued.