The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to revoke the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the state, indicating a dead end in Donald Trump’s efforts to cancel the election through litigation.
The court’s decision came in a one-sentence unsigned order on Tuesday that simply states that the request is “rejected”. There was no notable opposition from any of the court’s judges, including from any of the three appointees by Mr. Trump.
The decision came on the same day that the US election process reached the “safe haven” date, which Congress has set as an effective deadline for electoral disputes in any given state. All but one of the countries approved the results Mr. Biden A clear victory.
Trump sought to nullify and undermine the results with a barrage of lawsuits, nearly all of which were dismissed by state and federal courts. Judges described his requests for the dismissal of votes as undemocratic and lacking any legal or evidentiary basis.
In addition to the lawsuits, Mr. Trump has publicly pressed Republican officials to take extrajudicial steps to put the election on him. These efforts have also failed, but some Republicans have either joined or rejected Mr. Trump’s false claims that the election had been stolen from him through a vast conspiracy that included mail ballots and hacked voting machines.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Trump continued to incorrectly assert his election victory at an event at the White House regarding the launch of a coronavirus vaccine.
“Now, let’s see if someone has the courage or not, be it a legislator or a legislature, or whether they are a judge in the Supreme Court or a number of Supreme Court justices. Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everyone knows about this. The country is right. “
William Barr, the U.S. attorney and loyal appointee to Trump, said last week that he had seen no evidence of any voter fraud that would affect the election result, sparking attacks from the president’s allies.
The controversial issue was brought up on Tuesday by a group of Pennsylvania Republicans who sought to derail the state’s election results by using the “no-excuse” mail vote, which allowed voters to apply for a mail ballot without giving a reason.
The state of Pennsylvania introduced the measure in 2019, more than a year before the November 2020 elections. The lawsuit, filed nearly three weeks after the election, alleges that these voting procedures are unconstitutional.
A state judge agreed to block testimony temporarily until a hearing could take place, but the case was Later expelled By the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which said it was not filed in time. That prompted the appeal to the US Supreme Court, which came after the state of Pennsylvania had ratified his findings.
Trump has repeatedly said that he expects the election to end before the Supreme Court. Also Tuesday, Republican Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, filed a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court seeking to block election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which declared Biden the winner.
The court has yet to rule on the attempt, which Josh Shapiro, the Democratic attorney general of Pennsylvania, described as “uniquely not serious.”
The next step in the US electoral process is the Electoral College meeting, which takes place separately in each state on December 14th. Then, Congress will count the votes cast by the Electoral College on January 6.
Some Republican representatives indicated that they might seek to disrupt the count. Mitt Romney, the Republican senator from Utah who has criticized Trump’s actions, described such proposals as “madness.”