US top court junks Trump-backed bid to overturn election outcome

WASHINGTON: The 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, ending any prospect that a brazen attempt to use the courts to reverse his defeat at the polls would succeed. The court, in a brief unsigned order, said Texas lacked standing to pursue the case, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognisable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections”.
The order, coupled with another one on Tuesday turning away a similar request from Pennsylvania Republicans, signalled that a conservative court with three justices appointed by Trump refused to be drawn into the effort by the president and many members of his party to deny his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, his victory.
It was the latest and most significant setback for Trump in a litigation campaign that was rejected by courts at every turn. Texas’ lawsuit, filed directly in the Supreme Court and backed by the president, challenged election procedures in four states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It asked the court to bar those states from casting their electoral votes for Biden and to shift the selection of electors to the states’ legislatures. That would have required the justices to throw out millions of votes. The order ensures those states can cast their votes for Biden in the Electoral College on Monday.
Trump’s campaign did not immediately issue a statement. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, said the campaign’s effort would continue.
Trump lambasted the decision in series of tweets. “The Supreme Court really let us down,” he said in a post. “No Wisdom, No Courage!” . “This is a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice. The people of the United States were cheated, and our country disgraced,” he said in another post on Saturday morning. “WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT!!!” Trump said. He also called Attorney General William Barr a “disappointment”.

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