Last Updated on December 9, 2020
President Donald Trump has filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by 17 other states which alleges fraud after Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia altered election laws without obtaining proper authorization from their respective legislatures.
The motion was filed by the President within his personal capacity as a presidential candidate seeking re-election.
“The violations of state election law, which is the ‘manner’ the Legislatures of the States have established for choosing presidential electors, violates the Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution and thus this matter arises under federal law,” the motion reads.
“The fact that nearly half of the country believes the election was stolen should come as no surprise,” the docket continues. “President Trump prevailed on nearly every historical indicia of success in presidential elections. For example, he won both Florida and Ohio; no candidate in history—Republican or Democrat—has ever lost the election after winning both States.”
“In the 2020 election, under the guise of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, election officials in several key states, sometimes on their own and some-times in connection with court actions brought by partisan advocates, made a systematic effort to weaken measures to ensure fair and impartial elections by creating new rules for the conduct of the elections—rules that were never approved by the legislatures of the defendant states as required by Article II of the United States Constitution,” the motion adds. “These new rules were aimed at weakening, ignoring, or overriding provisions of state law that are aimed at ensuring the integrity of the voting process.”
The motion also notes that “When election officials conduct elections in a manner that contravenes of the Constitution of the United States, grave harm is done not just to the candidates on the ballot but to the citizenry’s faith in the election process itself.”