SCOTUS Rejects Texas Challenge To Swing State Votes

    The U-S Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit by Texas that had asked the court to throw out the election results in four battleground states that President Trump lost in November

       The court, in a brief unsigned order, said Texas lacked standing to pursue the case, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.”

      The rejection of similar requests this week signaled that a conservative court with three justices appointed by Mr. Trump refused to be drawn into the extraordinary effort by him and many prominent members of his party to deny the victory by Joe Biden.

     The ruling was essentially unanimous. Justices Alito and Thomas wrote a separate statement saying they would have given Texas permission to file the case, but would not have granted any claims.

     Despite the ruling, Mr. Trump’s campaign plans to continue describing the election outcome as illegitimate with more legal challenges to come. It’s also starting an ad campaign on YouTube arguing that point. 

      Nearly two-thirds of House Republicans joined a brief asking the high court to take the case. Those signing on included Nebraska’s Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry, by not Wyoming’s Liz Cheney – the only one of the top GOP leadership not to. 

      No Republican senators joined briefs and several criticized the suit and the House members who did.

Nebraska’s Ben Sasse issued a statement saying that after more than a month of conspiracy theories confusing voters, “every American who cares about the rule of law should take comfort that the Supreme Court — including all three of President Trump’s picks — closed the book on this nonsense.”