The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asking that the results of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin be thrown out.
Supreme Court justices rejected the lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.
Two of the court's conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they would have allowed Texas to sue but would not have blocked the four states from finalizing their election results.
The court's order was the second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday. The Electoral College meets Monday to formally elect Biden as the next president.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, has issued a new public statement in which he calls on House leaders to block the seating of any members of the incoming House delegation who presently support Donald Trump’s anti-democratic fight against the election results.
At first blush, that seems like wishful thinking - but there is a valid legal argument for doing do.
It's called the 14th amendment.
The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.
On January 3, McConnell will still have the senate majority, so it's unlikely that any Republican senators will be penalized for their support of the coup.
The House of Representatives, though, is another matter.
Can you imagine the howls of protest if Nancy Pelosi did not allow the House Republicans who supported the case to take office?
The terms of both Senators and Congressman start on January 3, which means that the term of office for the two incumbent Georgia senators expire two days before the runoff election.
The runoff elections are slated to take place in Georgia on 5 January, 2021.
If you are considering STATE legislators, the answer is a lot muddier. Although most take office in January, the date could be as early as December 1.