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Supreme Court of The United States: The Court on Friday rejected a bid from Texas’ Attorney General, supported by President Donald Trump, to block the ballots of millions of voters in battleground states that went in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Texas’ motion for leave to file a bill of complaint was denied due to lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. The Court further observed that, “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections”. Although, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, JJ., noted that they would have allowed the case to be filed – “I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue”.

In the recently held US Presidential Elections, the “Swing States” of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin, swung in favour of Joe Biden. The lawsuit was brought by Texas’ Attorney General, Ken Paxton, who sought to sue the abovementioned States and invalidate their election results.

Incumbent President, Mr. Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly raised allegations of foul play committed during counting of the votes; especially in the “Swing States”.

This is not the first instance of thwarting the Republican Party’s efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the Election results. On 08-12-2020, the SCOTUS in a “one sentence” Order, refused a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state of Pennsylvania. The Republicans have lost about 50 challenges to the presidential election, as Judges in at least eight states have repeatedly rejected a litany of unproven claims — that mail-in ballots were improperly sent out, that absentee ballots were counted wrongly, that poll observers were not given proper access to the vote count and that foreign powers hacked into and manipulated voting machines.

[Texas v. Pennsylvania, decided on 11-12-2020]


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Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS): In a major setback to the Republican Party’s attempts to invalidate the results of recent Presidential Elections, Full Bench of the SCOTUS in a “one sentence” Order, refused a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the state of Pennsylvania. The results of the Election have already been certified and submitted.

Dismayed by the defeat of the “Grand Old Party” (GOP) in the 2020 Elections, incumbent President, Mr. Donald Trump has been raising qualms over the process involved vis-à-vis the mail-in ballots and absentee ballots on mainstream and social media.

However, this is not the first instance thwarting the efforts of the Republican Party to challenge the legitimacy of the Election results. The Republicans have lost about 50 challenges to the presidential election, as Judges in at least eight states have repeatedly rejected a litany of unproven claims — that mail-in ballots were improperly sent out, that absentee ballots were counted wrongly, that poll observers were not given proper access to the vote count and that foreign powers hacked into and manipulated voting machines.

The emergency petition from the Republicans was addressed to Samuel Alito, J., who has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania courts. He referred it to the whole court, which issued the order. The one-sentence order was issued with no noted dissents or comment from any of the nine Judges.[Kelly, Mike et al. v. Pennsylvania, decided on 08-12-2020]


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As reported by media, the House of Representatives impeached US President Donald Trump.

The 45th US president becomes just the third occupant of the White House in American history to be impeached. Trump will now stand trial in the Senate.

Charges are of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress relating to his dealing with Ukraine and the House investigations into it.

“What is at risk here is the very idea of America,” said Adam Schiff, the lawmaker who headed the impeachment inquiry.

The vote for the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, was passed 230-197 and the second, for obstruction of Congress, 229-198.

Trump is the third president in US history to be impeached by the full House.


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