US House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) speaks during a press conference with other House Republicans at the US Capitol Building in Washington, December 10, 2020.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California, on Friday joined 125 other Republican lawmakers in support of the long-running Texas Supreme Court lawsuit challenging Joe Biden’s expected presidential victory.
McCarthy, the highest-ranking Republican member of the House and a close ally of President Donald Trump, was included in a “friend of the court” summary led by Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican from Los Angeles, urging the Supreme Court to review the case brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a time Earlier this week.
The Paxton case accused Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin – the four major swing states where Biden defeated Trump – of validating “illegal election results”. Texas is asking the Supreme Court to declare that the Electoral College votes cast by voters in those four swing states “cannot be counted.”
All 50 states and Washington, DC, have certified their election results. Biden is expected to win 306 votes, compared to 232 for Trump.
The Supreme Court has given no indication it will hear the case, and election law experts say it is unlikely that judges will take over the case. The unprecedented demand made by one country to nullify the votes of other states in presidential elections had not been accepted before.
The lawsuit, however, has been inflated by Trump, who falsely claims he won re-election while refusing to concede to Biden. Trump on Wednesday asked to intervene in the Paxton case.
Several other states in which Trump won the popular vote also indicated their support for the Paxton cause, as did dozens of Republican members of the House of Representatives – a group that now includes McCarthy.
Despite news outlets calling for Biden’s election weeks ago, and with less than a week remaining for voters in their states to cast their ballots, many Republicans were reluctant to acknowledge Biden’s victory in the election.
In response to a direct question on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday whether he accepts Biden’s victory, McCarthy refused to give a yes or no answer.
McCarthy replied, “Look, the voters have to pass it by and ask it.” “The president, he must make sure that every legal vote count, that every recount is completed, and he must make sure that every complaint is [is being] I heard inside the court. Once you do that, I think the elections will end and the voters will make their decisions. “
McCarthy was not included in a previous friendly memo filed in court on Thursday, which Johnson also presided over and co-signed by 106 Republican House members.
Johnson said on Twitter that the 20 additional Republicans who added to his recent court memo had previously been disqualified due to a “clerical error.”