Several States Back Texas' SCOTUS Lawsuit Against GA, MI, PA, WI
Multiple AGs throw support behind TX Attorney General Ken Paxton
Several attorneys general have thrown their support behind the lawsuit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by Texas AG Ken Paxton against four battleground states.
The AGs in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri backed Texas's lawsuit filed against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin over their handling of the 2020 election.
Texas AG Paxton filed the case in the SCOTUS this week, alleging that the four battleground states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to make unconstitutional changes to the rules on mail-in voting.
In the lawsuit filed directly with the Supreme Court late Monday night, Paxton accuses officials in GA, MI, PA, and WI of "violat[ing] statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures."
He says statutes were violated in order to allow for increased mail-in balloting, thus violating the equal protections clause and skewing the results of the presidential election.
The lawsuit seeks to delay the Electoral College vote until investigations into potential election fraud can be completed.
"Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election," Paxton stated in a Tuesday news release about the complaint.
"We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error."
"Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election.”
"The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution,” Paxton continued.
"By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections.
"Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election.
"We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced late on Monday that his state would back Texas’s lawsuit at the Supreme Court, according to The Daily Wire.
“Election integrity is central to our republic,” Schmitt wrote on Twitter.
Election integrity is central to our republic. And I will defend it at every turn.— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) December 9, 2020
As I have in other cases - I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today.
Missouri is in the fight. https://t.co/V3aLHrYnOF
"And I will defend it at every turn," he added.
"As I have in other cases — I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today.
"Missouri is in the fight,” he declared.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released a statement calling for the Supreme Court to consider the case brought by Texas.
“Only the U.S. Supreme Court can ultimately decide cases of real controversy among the states under our Constitution,” Landry said.
"That is why the Justices should hear and decide the case which we have joined representing the citizens of Louisiana.
“Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court should consider the most recent Texas motion, which contains some of the same arguments.
"Louisiana citizens are damaged if elections in other states were conducted outside the confines of the Constitution while we obeyed the rules.”
Read our full statement regarding the ongoing controversies over the 2020 federal election and the new motion put forth by the State of #Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court at https://t.co/n5VRo7VEwN. #lalege #lagov #TexasLawSuit pic.twitter.com/zk7oD3ZSU8— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) December 8, 2020
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement that he expects the Supreme Court to “act quickly in deciding whether to grant the State of Texas’s request.”
“That decision will instruct me as to how the State of Alabama will proceed in our fight to ensure election integrity,” the statement continued.
“The unconstitutional actions and fraudulent votes in other states not only affect the citizens of those states, they affect the citizens of all states — of the entire United States.
"Every unlawful vote counted, or lawful vote uncounted, debases and dilutes citizens’ free exercise of the franchise.
"The State of Alabama will continue to pursue any legal remedy available to protect her people from such disenfranchisement.
"Both our rights and our republic demand it.”
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said that after reviewing Texas’ lawsuit: “I have determined that I will support the motion by the State of Texas in all legally appropriate manners.”
AG Rutledge Statement on Recent Texas Motion before U.S. Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/QBrLzKe26P— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) December 8, 2020
In his statement of support, Landry, the Louisiana attorney general, also made mention of a filing he and attorneys general from nine other states submitted last month that petitioned the Supreme Court to look into Pennsylvania's election conduct.
"In states like Pennsylvania, the judicial branch attempted to seize control of these duties and obligations and to set their own rules," he wrote.
"These actions appear to be unconstitutional."
"If it is unconstitutional for Pennsylvania to take this action, it is similarly unconstitutional for other states to have done the same."