US judge dismisses lawmaker lawsuit against Pence over electoral count


A judge on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by a US lawmaker from Texas and different Republicans against Vice President Mike Pence who is ready to preside Wednesday over a joint session of Congress to formalize the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.

US District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle stated Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas and the slate of Republican presidential electors for the state of Arizona who filed swimsuit Sunday lack standing to convey the authorized motion looking for to overturn the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

A spokesman for President Donald Trump referred inquiries to Pence’s workplace. A spokesman for Pence declined to remark.

Trump has refused to concede defeat and has repeatedly falsely claimed the election was tainted by widespread fraud. He and his allies have misplaced dozens of courtroom efforts looking for to reverse the election outcomes.

Biden beat President Donald Trump by a 306-232 margin within the Electoral College and is ready to be sworn in on Jan. 20.

Under the Electoral College system, “electoral votes” are allotted to states and the District of Columbia based mostly on their congressional illustration.

Some Republicans have stated they plan to object to the count of presidential electors subsequent week in Congress. Reuters reported this week the trouble might set off a prolonged debate within the Senate however has nearly no likelihood of overturning the outcomes.

A Justice Department lawyer representing Pence on Thursday had urged Kernodle to dismiss the lawsuit saying that they had sued the flawed particular person as they raised “a host of weighty legal issues about the manner in which the electoral votes for president are to be counted.”

“The Senate and the House, not the Vice President, have legal interests that are sufficiently adverse to plaintiffs to ground a case or controversy,” Pence’s submitting stated.


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