President Trump asked Senator Ted Cruz to argue a case involving a Texas lawsuit before the Supreme Court which seeks to invalidate election results in battleground states.
The request came Tuesday night, according to the New York Times, as the President sought assistance from a one-time intense political rival in Cruz (R-TX).
The President asked Cruz, the report reads, “if he would be willing to make oral arguments in the case should it reach the Supreme Court.”
The Republican senator agreed.
Cruz has made arguments before the Supreme Court on nine separate occasions before, with most of the cases from when he served as Texas solicitor general.
President Trump has personally asked Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas if he would argue a long-shot election lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results in four battleground states, should the Supreme Court agree to take it up, sources say https://t.co/3oR2p6nkVw
— CNN (@CNN) December 10, 2020
Ted Cruz to Argue Texas Lawsuit Before the Supreme Court
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit earlier this week against Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, charging that the battleground states implemented unconstitutional changes to their election laws prior to 2020.
It argues that changes to those states’ election laws were made under the guise of pandemic safety and were “unconstitutional.”
They requested that the Court order those states to allow their legislatures to appoint electors.
Each of those states holds a Republican majority legislature following the 2020 election and electors made by those appointments could presumably choose President Trump.
The state of Texas has sued Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin over election irregularities!
This means Texas will have original jurisdiction to go directly to the Supreme Court
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 8, 2020
The Hill reports that 17 other states have joined Texas in their lawsuit.
“The attorneys general of seventeen states that President Trump won filed an amicus brief on Wednesday,” they revealed.
“Those states are: Missoudonald tri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.”
Trump Joins in the ‘Big One’
President Trump also joined in the lawsuit according to the Dallas Morning News, calling it the “big one.”
The court has not yet agreed to hear the Texas lawsuit on its merits. On Tuesday, they delivered a blow to the President by rejecting a separate case involving Pennsylvania.
Cruz had also expressed his wish to argue the PA case if the Supreme Court picked it up.
I’m disappointed the Court decided not to hear the case challenging the election results in PA. This appeal filed raised important & serious legal issues, & I believe the Court had a responsibility to ensure our elections follow the law & the Constitution. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/X3ZnomaUkd
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 9, 2020
President Trump thinks so highly of Cruz and his ability that he included his name on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees should he have won a second term.
Cruz replied to the gesture by calling it “deeply honoring” and “humbling.”
“The High Court plays a unique role in defending our Constitution, and there is no greater responsibility in public service than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said.
Except maybe now, when he will be called upon to support and defend the integrity of elections in America.
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