The Supreme Court on Monday rejected efforts by President Donald Trump and his allies to get the court to quickly review the challenges to President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory in the November election. The move effectively closed the door on the president’s final legal strategy to undo his defeat.
The court released an order in the morning denying expedited examination of lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign against election process in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Similarly, it denied motions by conservative conspiracy theorists L. Lin Wood and Sidney Powell to expedite the contest of the Michigan and Georgia elections, as well as other lawsuits filed by Trump supporters.
The court’s action was widely awaited and was not accompanied by any statement or opinion, as is typical of such denials. No dissenting views were found by any of the court’s nine judges.
The court could theoretically still agree to accept cases related to the election, but would likely not hear arguments until October, well into Biden’s first year in office.
The judges returned from their winter break to meet for a private conference on Friday. The order list released on Monday is the first since the DC uprising last week, in which a crowd of Trump supporters tried to delay the confirmation of Biden’s victory over Trump in the electoral college.
The court had made it clear that it would not process the cases on the schedule Trump requested, even before the order was given.
In Trump v Boockvar, one of the cases that challenged the Pennsylvania election process, President’s attorney John Eastman wrote a December letter urging the court to open the case before January 6, when Congress met to confirm the electoral college record.
Eastman wrote that if the court does not act before January 20, when Biden is inaugurated, “it will be impossible to fix the election results,” including the alleged ballots that were illegally cast under rules approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court were.
Trump has furiously denied his loss to Biden in a way unprecedented in modern US history.
On Monday, the Democrats in the House of Representatives are due to table an impeachment article based on his actions at a rally before the Capitol siege. He urged supporters to “fight” and his attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, called for “test by fight.”
Among the legal challenges the Supreme Court did not want to expedite was a challenge to the Electoral Count Act by Kelli Ward, chairman of the Republican Party of Arizona; a request from Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., to apologize without an apology for the mail-in vote in his state; and two conspiracy theoretic complaints from ex-Trump attorney Powell about the elections in Michigan and Georgia.
Powell, who has falsely claimed, among other things, that the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was involved in a conspiracy to rig the 2020 competition, was presented with a 1.3 defamation suit on Friday by Dominion Voting Systems, a supplier of voting machines Billions of dollars occupied. The attorney, whom Trump reportedly cited as a potential special adviser to investigate electoral fraud, has not returned CNBC’s requests for comment.
Wood and Powell suspended their Twitter accounts last week while cracking down on the spread of lies related to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
The court also declined to expedite three cases filed by the Trump campaign, including two contesting mail-in voting rules in Wisconsin and one contesting easing rules in Pennsylvania. These lawsuits argued that the changed rules increased the likelihood of election fraud.
While Trump has made an unfounded argument that there was widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 election, his Justice Department has stated that there is no evidence to support such claims. The Department of Homeland Security also denied claims that the elections were infiltrated by foreign governments.
The Supreme Court previously dismissed a number of election challenges, including earlier versions of some of the lawsuits it had dismissed for a quick review on Monday. In one of its most famous cases, the court dismissed a Texas state lawsuit in December aimed at undoing Biden’s victories in swing states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
More than a dozen states and 120 GOP congressmen backed the Texas advance at the time. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Called the lawsuit “electoral subversion that threatens our democracy”.
The Supreme Court rejection marks a coda for Trump’s long-standing hope that he can play the elections through the courts.
Ahead of Election Day, Trump predicted the Supreme Court would rule the election and urged the Senate to bench his third candidate, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in a timely manner.
During Barrett’s confirmation process, Democrats warned that the Conservative former federal appeals judge would side with the president who appointed them. Barrett refused to apologize on election cases, but said she would take the concerns seriously if she considered whether to do so.
Trump and his allies have lost more than 60 election lawsuits in court, according to democratic electoral lawyer Marc Elias.