US judge rejected lawmaker lawsuit against Pence over electoral count

US judge rejected lawmaker lawsuit against Pence over electoral count
US Vice President Mike Pence. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: On Friday, a US federal judge rejected a lawsuit from a congressman of the Republican Party who sought to allow Mike Pence to reject Electoral College votes for Joe Biden when Congress meets on January 6 to certify his victory over President Trump.

The latest attempt by President Trump’s Republican allies to overturn the November 3 election was dismissed by one of President Trump’s own appointees to the federal bench, Jeremy Kernodle. He ruled that US Representative from Texas, Louie Gohmert and a slate of Republican electors from the state of Arizona could not show they suffered any personal harm “fairly traceable” to VP Mike Pence’s allegedly unlawful conduct and, therefore, lacked legal standing to bring the case.

The standing requirement “helps enforce the limited role of federal courts in our constitutional system. The problem for plaintiffs here is that they lack standing,” Kernodle wrote.

A spokesman for the US president referred questions to Pence’s office. A spokesman for Pence declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for Gohmert did not immediately comment of the subject.

Mr Trump has rejected the result and refused to concede the election and has repeatedly falsely claimed the election was tainted by widespread voterfraud. He and his allies have lost dozens of lawsuits seeking to reverse the election results.

Joe Biden, a Democrat, beat President Donald Trump by a 306-232 margin in the Electoral College and is set to be sworn in on January 20.

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