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The U.S. Supreme court tonight shut down President Trump’s eleventh-hour try to block Joe Biden’s election as president. Trump’s hopes hinged on a lawsuit brought with the aid of Texas that sought to invalidate the election effects in 4 key states – Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. but in a 3-sentence order, the court pointed out Texas has no felony standing to sue an additional state on these grounds.
becoming a member of us now could be NPR felony affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. And, Nina, can you beginning with these three sentences? What did they are saying?
NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: The court talked about that Texas has no felony grounds to complain about how a further state conducts its elections. And the justices for this reason spoke of just about, you can’t even come right here with this suit. In different words, during this country, election legal guidelines are ruled by state and local legal guidelines except there is some federal exception. And so the court noted that Texas had not suffered any damage. after all, Texas and all of the states that had been helping it, the Republican-controlled states that have been aiding it, they acquired to solid their votes the style they desired, and that they could not bitch about how another state conducted its elections in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Michigan.
CORNISH: Did any of the justices dissent?
TOTENBERG: neatly, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito observed that for procedural causes, they thought that Texas may still be able to at least file its swimsuit in the Supreme courtroom. but beyond that, they do not need given Texas anything else that it wanted.
CORNISH: Nina, if this changed into any such slam dunk that it took the Supreme courtroom about a day to make a decision to do nothing, why did Texas file the swimsuit? And why did 17 Republican attorneys customary file a aiding brief? and that i bet I should still also follow with, why did greater than half the Republican contributors of Congress do the equal thing?
TOTENBERG: well, let’s delivery with lawyer typical Paxton, Ken Paxton of Texas. there may be been a lot of speculation as a result of he is under indictment for securities fraud, is being investigated by means of the FBI on different charges that perhaps he is looking for a pardon because curiously, the solicitor usual of Texas who signals all of Texas’s briefs to the Supreme court docket, always – the solicitor customary of the state didn’t signal this quick.
As to the other attorneys frequent, we understand from a number of experiences that President Trump talked to a few of them as a result of they were all meeting in Washington, attempting to get them to help this quick. besides that, you comprehend, attorneys prevalent frequently are going to run for a further office. They might also wish to be governor someday. So this was good politics. and that’s likely the identical purpose that most of the Republican participants of the apartment of Representatives did the equal element.
CORNISH: What occurs next?
TOTENBERG: smartly, the constitution tells us what happens subsequent. The individuals of – the delegates of the Electoral school meet from every state and in every state to cast their ballots as they were voted upon by the americans of that state. And one would have to notice that the – in these four states, now not handiest was there a recount in every one of these states, there have been audits. there have been dozens of challenges in court docket, none of which got here to fruition in any approach and that the lawyer regular of the united states, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer established, noted there was no proof of any type of huge fraud.
so they will meet – all of them – on Monday. and they’ll solid their votes, and Joe Biden will turn into the president-go with formally of the USA. And he’ll then be sworn into workplace on January 20. Now, of route, here’s Trump land. We – you under no circumstances know what could ensue subsequent. So i am not going to say under no circumstances.
CORNISH: that is ok.
TOTENBERG: never say never when it involves Trump.
CORNISH: yes. that is NPR felony affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Transcript offered by means of NPR, Copyright NPR.