Comments Off on US court dismisses suit that empowers Vice President Pence to overturn Biden’s win
As part of last-minute efforts by President Trump and his cronies to overturn the election result of November 3, a federal judge on Friday night dismissed a lawsuit by Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas that sought to empower Vice President Mike Pence to overturn President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s victory when Congress meets on January 6.
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who was appointed by Trump, dismissed the suit by Mr. Gohmert and Arizona voters that asked to give Mr. Pence the sole discretion to decide which presidential electors to choose when Congress finally meet to certify the Electoral College vote totals.
Mr. Biden got a total of 306 electoral college votes to beat Trump who polled 232 votes.
In a one-page order, the judge dismissed the complaint without prejudice “for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.”
“All pending motions are denied as moot,” the judge wrote.
A good number of House Republicans are planning to object to certifying Mr. Biden’s electoral votes from at least six contested battleground states when Congress meets on Wednesday the 6th of January to count those votes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging his GOP colleagues not to object to Mr. Biden’s vote totals, a position that is angering President Trump as he continues in his last-minute dead on arrival moves at overturning Biden’s landslide victory at the polls.
Mr. McConnell has said the effort is doomed to fail and that Mr. Biden has already been certified by states as the winner.
Mr. Pence’s lawyers in the Justice Department asked the judge on Thursday to reject the request from Mr. Gohmert.
The vice president said the legal issues raised by Mr. Gohmert should be addressed to the House and Senate if they should be raised at all.