More than 100 Republican lawmakers signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the election results in four swing states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“This brief presents [our] concern as Members of Congress, shared by untold millions of their constituents, that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections,” states the brief signed by 106 GOP lawmakers on Thursday.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson – one of President Trump’s closest allies in the House – helped lead the effort to garner support from his colleagues for the brief. Johnson, who also served on President Trump’s impeachment defense team, is joining the GOP leadership in the new Congress.
“President Trump called me this morning to let me know how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filing on behalf of Members of Congress. Indeed, ‘this is the big one!’ ” Johnson tweeted Wednesday.
Other top House Republicans who signed the brief include Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Jim Banks.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, another top Trump ally in the House, is not currently among the signatures. Neither is GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney. According to The Hill McCarthy declined to comment to reporters when directly asked if he supported the Texas lawsuit.
“The president has a right for every legal challenge to be heard. He has the right to go to the Supreme Court with it, yes,” McCarthy said.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to the Supreme Court aimed at blocking electors from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia from certifying Biden’s victory. Paxton alleges the states’ mail-in voting efforts during the pandemic were unconstitutional. Attorneys general from 18 other red states have joined that lawsuit.
The Trump campaign has largely been unsuccessful in its legal efforts to challenge the election results; dozens of challenges filed by Trump or his allies have been rejected by the courts. Trump has asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a former Texas solicitor general, to argue the latest case before the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported.