US Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to overturn election results
The US Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by the state of Texas to overturn the results of the presidential election, which Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden, in a fresh setback for the president.
The case lodged late on Tuesday against four states key in the November election, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, challenged Biden's victory in each jurisdiction
But the Supreme Court, made up of nine justices including three appointed by Trump, said Texas, which voted for the president, "has not demonstrated a judicially cognisable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections".
The court's decision "is an important reminder that we are a nation of laws, and though some may bend to the desire of a single individual, the courts will not," tweeted Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel.
Biden's spokesman Mike Gwin said the ruling was "no surprise". He said: "Dozens of judges, election officials from both parties, and Trump's own Attorney General have dismissed his baseless attempts to deny that he lost the election."
The Texas case had been seen as audacious and legally unsound, given that no one US state has any legal right to interfere in another's voting processes.
Texas alleged that the results in the other four states were "unconstitutional" because of their heavy use of "fraud-prone" mail-in votes during the coronavirus pandemic.
It offered no proof of significant fraud, and did not challenge the use of mailed ballots in states President Trump won. The case cited numerous alleged examples of potential fraud already rejected by lower courts.
Even so, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted the allegations were true. "They have to be tested but that's what the court is for. They can't just dismiss it like that," he told Fox News.
In a tweet following the verdict, President Trump said the court had "let us down" and accused it of having "No Wisdom, No Courage!"
Minutes before ythe Supreme Court ruling came down, Trump released a new TV ad again falsely claiming that the election was stolen, calling it an "outrage" and telling supporters to contact their legislators.