106 Republican representatives on Thursday, signed on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the election suit filed by the State of Texas, which challenges the election procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that they appear to violate the Constitution.
Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) led the effort to file an amicus brief in the Texas case on behalf of House Republicans “who are all deeply concerned about the integrity of our election system”, he wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
The amicus brief expresses the signatories’ concerns with the integrity of our election system. The brief specifically calls attention to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution that requires electors to be appointed in a manner directed only by the state legislatures. It asserts that the defendant states violated that key provision, and it is now the duty of the Supreme Court to carefully consider the facts and determine the appropriate course of action for the 2020 election, according to a press release from Rep. Johnson.
Congressman Johnson also released the following statement:
“As representatives of the people, we have a responsibility to ensure our elections are fair and that every legal vote is counted. The 2020 presidential election has raised important questions regarding the integrity of our election system,” the Louisiana congressman said.
“This amicus brief expresses this concern and our belief that the suit filed by Texas and supported by 17 states merits careful consideration and adjudication by the Supreme Court,” said Johnson. Continued Below
Rep. Johnson said President Trump called him Wednesday morning “to express his great appreciation for our effort” to file the brief.
“He said he will be anxiously awaiting the final list to review,” the Louisiana Republican said of the president.
Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, filed the lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court on Monday, alleging officials in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan unlawfully changed their voting laws, leading to election irregularities and skewing the results of the election. Continued Below
Supreme Court and legal affairs reporter for The Hill, John Kruzel, tweeted the list of 106 Republican representatives supporting the Texas lawsuit:
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) December 10, 2020
Eighteen states have joined Texas in its lawsuit against Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
The attorneys general of seventeen states that President Trump won filed an amicus brief on Wednesday. Those states are: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) filed a separate brief in support of the case.
Today, led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, 17 states filed an amicus brief in support of @TXAG's election lawsuit, which was filed yesterday.
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) December 9, 2020
Lawyer and chief counsel of the American Center for Law & Justice, Jay Sekulow, weighed in on the possible outcomes at the Supreme Court as states have joined the Texas lawsuit. Watch: