More than 100 GOP lawmakers sign SCOTUS brief in support of Texas election suit

After weeks of election-related court challenges, President Donald Trump still has at least one shot at overturning the declared results in a handful of swing states called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

More than 100 House Republicans have now signed on to an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of an extensive lawsuit filed by Texas against four other states, according to The Hill.

“Merits full & careful consideration”

According to The Hill, the complaint was recently launched by Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and alleges that mail-in voting provisions approved in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were unconstitutional.

As a result, Paxton is hoping the Supreme Court will stop the electors in those states from certifying Biden as the winner.

Thus far, 18 other states have joined Texas in pursuing the case, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) launched an effort that resulted in 106 of his colleagues signing on in support, as The Hill reported.

“Proud to lead over 100 of my colleagues in filing an amicus brief to express our concern with the integrity of the 2020 election–& our election system in the future,” Johnson tweeted on Thursday. “We believe this suit filed by Texas, supported by 17 other states, merits full & careful consideration by SCOTUS.”

As the amicus brief states, lawmakers are expressing their concern “that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections.”

“A dangerous violation of federalism”

A number of notable Republican lawmakers are missing from among the names attached to the brief, however, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

While McCarthy has not publicly addressed his decision, another pro-Trump Republican, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, shared his reasoning in a tweet.

“Respectfully, I will not join because I believe the case itself represents a dangerous violation of federalism & sets a precedent to have one state asking federal courts to police the voting procedures of other states,” he wrote.

For his part, Johnson confirmed that Trump called him on Wednesday to let him know “how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filing on behalf of Members of Congress.”

The president has expressed his support of the cause, calling this lawsuit “the big one” in a tweet vowing that the White House would be intervening in the suit.

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