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Supreme Court won’t fast-track review of Trump election lawsuits

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied President Trump’s request to fast-track consideration of several lawsuits challenging the election results in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and rebuffed similar suits brought by pro-Trump attorneys.

The court announced its decision in an unsigned order that did not disclose the justices’ voting breakdown or rationale, which is how the Supreme Court typically handles denials of such requests.

The move all but guarantees the justices will not take up the cases prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and represents a final nail in the coffin in Trump’s voluminous and failed post-election legal effort.

The Supreme Court’s order comes several days after a riot at the Capitol that temporarily disrupted lawmakers from finalizing President Trump’s electoral loss and has since been linked to five deaths.

The court last week also rejected a last-ditch bid by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) that sought to expand Vice President Pence’s legal authority to effectively overturn Biden’s electoral win during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress. Pence had made clear he would uphold his statutory duty to certify Biden’s win.

These recent Supreme Court developments effectively bring an end to the scattershot attempt by Trump and his allies to overturn the election, while racking up an abysmal record in court and promoting a disproven conspiracy theory that the vote had been rigged in Biden’s favor.  

By some estimates, Trump and his allies lost more than 60 rounds in court, while chalking up only a single, narrow victory in a Pennsylvania court that successfully disqualified a tiny sliver of votes.

The court’s order Monday rejected suits targeting Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin that were brought or represented by the Trump campaign, as well as pro-Trump attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell. 

Updated at 11:24 a.m.

Tags 2020 presidential election Donald Trump Joe Biden Louie Gohmert Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wisconsin

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