President Donald Trump is furious after the Supreme Court refused to hear an election case brought by Texas against several swing states, and now he is mulling another option.
The lawsuit asked the court to enjoin the states, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, from certifying their electors or vacating them and allowing their Republican state legislatures to appoint them.
The Washington Post reported:
Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas said they did not think the court had the authority to simply reject a state’s filing, a position they have taken in past cases. But they said they would not have granted Texas the remedy it sought, which was to disallow the electors from those four states.
Legal experts from the beginning had derided Texas’s unprecedented action as implausible, and the court’s rejection was fast and emphatic — the order came just hours after briefing was completed. The justices seemed to have bypassed a lengthy explanation in favor of a unified outcome.
Taking into account an earlier request from Republicans in Pennsylvania, it means that in two cases to reach the court — where conservatives hold a 6-to-3 majority — no justice has expressed support for the drastic idea of throwing out election results.
But The Wall Street Journal reported that the president is looking into appointing a special counsel to look into election fraud and Hunter Biden as a last-ditch effort.
“In recent days, the president has directed advisers to look for people who could serve in such a position, one of the people said, as lawsuits and other efforts by Mr. Trump and his campaign to reverse the election results founder. White House officials and allies of the president on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have also pushed for the appointment of a special counsel, another person familiar with the discussions said,” it said.
The president raged on Twitter after the court did not allow the case to be heard.
“The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!” the president tweeted.
“So, you’re the President of the United States, and you just went through an election where you got more votes than any sitting President in history, by far – and purportedly lost,” President Trump said.
“You can’t get ‘standing’ before the Supreme Court, so you ‘intervene’ with wonderful states that, after careful study and consideration, think you got ‘screwed’, something which will hurt them also. Many others likewise join the suit but, within a flash, it is thrown out and gone, without even looking at the many reasons it was brought. A Rigged Election, fight on!” he said.
Hours earlier the president declared that the case before the Supreme Court would be the most important in history.
“If the two Senators from Georgia should lose, which would be a horrible thing for our Country, I am the only thing that stands between ‘Packing the Court’ (last number heard, 25), and preserving it. I will not, under any circumstances, Pack the Court!” he said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the case directly with the Supreme Court, as states who are suing other states are allowed to do.
It was seen as a way for him to get around the defeats cases have suffered in the lower courts, and he was disappointed with the results.
“It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to follow federal and state election law,” he said.