Mike Pence has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by Republican lawmakers who want the US Vice President to overturn the results of the November 3 election, a blow to Donald Trump and his allies who continue to wrongly insist on rigging the ballot.
In a 14-page dossier filed on behalf of the Vice President, Justice Department attorneys called the lawsuit a “walking legal contradiction” and argued that Mr Pence was not the appropriate person to bring a lawsuit. justice. The federal judge in charge of the case has not yet set a hearing date.
The lawsuit brought by Louie Gohmert, an American Republican representative from Texas, and several Arizona Republicans seeks to abolish the rules on how Congress certifies presidential elections, in a bid to give Mr. Pence the opportunity to reject the results.
Voters gathered in state capitals and the District of Columbia in December to officially select Joe Biden as President-elect of the United States, and their ballots are expected to be counted and certified by both houses of Congress next Wednesday.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives filed an amicus brief on Thursday calling for the trial to be dismissed. “The Gohmert trial has no legal merit and is another sabotage of our democracy,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House.
The filings came a day after Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, said he would oppose the Electoral College certification process. Mr Hawley’s objection will lead to a vote in both houses of Congress on whether to accept the results.
Mr Hawley said in a statement he was acting to raise “the failure of some states, particularly Pennsylvania, to follow their own election laws” and to highlight “the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election. “
U.S. media reported that Mitch McConnell, the senior Senate Republican who discouraged senators from opposing the Electoral College certification process, asked Mr. Hawley to explain his reasons during a conference call with officials. GOP senators Thursday, but the Missourian was not on call and then emailed his colleagues.
Mr. Hawley, 41, is widely viewed as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. Many in Washington view his support for Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud as an effort to win the favor of the grassroots supporters of right of the president.
Ben Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska, criticized the efforts to overturn the election result, saying Wednesday night: “The president and his allies are playing with fire.”
Although Mr Sasse did not name Mr Hawley, he did refer to “incendiary members of Congress who will oppose the Electoral College vote”. He added, “Let’s be clear what’s going on here: we have a group of ambitious politicians who believe there is a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without causing real long-term damage.
“This problem is beyond anyone’s personal ambitions,” Sasse said. “Adults do not point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate autonomy.”