House Republicans have finally joined forces in an action that their base can support. Over one hundred House Republicans have signed a letter supporting the Texas lawsuit targeting four battleground states over their election practices.
The lawsuit, which targets Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, was announced by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week, and has since garnered the support of at least seventeen red states.
“This brief presents [our] concern as Members of Congress, shared by untold millions of their constituents, that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of election,” signed 106 GOP members.
The effort was led by Republican Mike Johnson, Chairman of the Study Committee.
“President Trump called me this morning to let me know how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filling on behalf of Members of Congress. Indeed, ‘this is the big one!'” tweeted Johnson on Wednesday.
Johnson’s tweet came soon after President Trump announced on Twitter that the federal government would be joining Texas in their lawsuit. “We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” the president wrote.
The Trump campaign also announced the president’s intentions to back the lawsuit, alleging that his “rights as a candidate” were affected by the states’ “failure to follow and enforce state election laws during the 2020 election.”
In the court brief filed on Wednesday by more than a dozen Republican attorneys general, the states wrote: “Encroachments on the authority of state Legislatures by other state actors violate the separation of powers and threaten individual liberty.”
“States have a strong interest in ensuring that the votes of their own citizens are not diluted by the unconstitutional administration of elections in other States,” the brief continued.
The original lawsuit filed by AG Paxton requests that the Supreme Court overturn the results of the elections in these four states. Paxton and other conservatives believe those elections were unconstitutional due to changes made to the election process.
Paxton also alleged that the four states used COVID “to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election.”