U.S. House Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks throughout a information convention with different House Republicans on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2020.
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House Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Friday joined 125 different congressional Republicans in supporting Texas’ long-shot Supreme Court lawsuit difficult Joe Biden’s projected presidential victory.
McCarthy, the highest-rating Republican within the House and an in depth ally of President Donald Trump, was included in a “good friend of the court docket” temporary led by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., urging the excessive court docket to evaluate the case filed by Texas Legal professional Basic Ken Paxton earlier this week.
Paxton’s case accused Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin — 4 key swing states the place Biden defeated Trump — of certifying “illegal election outcomes.” Texas is asking the Supreme Court to declare that the Electoral School votes forged by electors in these 4 swing states “can’t be counted.”
All 50 states and Washington, D.C., have now licensed their election outcomes. Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes, in contrast with 232 for Trump.
The Supreme Court has given no indication it’ll hear the case, and election legislation specialists say the justices are extremely unlikely to take it up. The unprecedented request by one state to produce other states’ votes invalidated in a presidential election has by no means earlier than been granted.
However the lawsuit has nonetheless been puffed up by Trump, who’s falsely claiming he gained reelection whereas refusing to concede to Biden. Trump on Wednesday requested to intervene in Paxton’s case.
Quite a few different states the place Trump gained the favored vote have additionally signaled their assist for Paxton’s lawsuit, as have dozens of sitting Republican members of the House — a bunch that now contains McCarthy.
Regardless of information retailers calling the election for Biden weeks earlier, and with lower than per week left till electors of their respective states forged their votes, many Republicans have been reluctant to acknowledge Biden gained the election.
Requested level-clean on CNBC’s “Squawk Field” on Thursday whether or not he accepts Biden’s victory, McCarthy refused to give a sure-or-no reply.
“Look, the electors have to undergo and put forth that,” McCarthy stated in his response. “The president, he has to make it possible for each authorized vote is counted, each recount is completed, and ensure each grievance [is being] heard inside court docket. As soon as that is achieved, I believe the election will likely be over and the electors will make their determination.”
McCarthy had not been included in an earlier such amicus temporary filed to the court docket Thursday, which was additionally led by Johnson and was co-signed by 106 whole Republican House members.
Johnson stated on Twitter that the 20 extra Republicans added to his newest temporary to the court docket had beforehand been omitted due to a “clerical error.”