The Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear a 2020 election lawsuit, widely panned as frivolous, which sought to remove President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris from office.
The lawsuit names former Vice President Mike Pence, Biden, Harris, and hundreds of lawmakers as defendants who allegedly violated their oaths of office by refusing to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election before accepting the electoral vote on Jan. 6, 2021, which allowed Biden and Harris to become “fraudulently” elected, according to court records.
The justices’ private conference was held Friday in which they decided whether or not to hear cases sent to the court. When they returned for Monday orders, the case in question did not have the four of nine votes necessary for the justices to move it forward.
Raland Brunson, a Utah-based man who filed the suit, acknowledged on Monday that the “petition was denied” in a post to Facebook. “We will now make our next move. A petition for reconsideration. Hang in there everyone.”
Brunson said Thursday that he was prepared for a denial and signaled his plan to keep fighting without elaborating on his legal strategy. “Now, don’t think for a second that my brothers and I are not prepared for a denial. We’ve got plenty of chess pieces still at play and we still have our queen,” Brunson wrote.
The case was dismissed in lower courts for various reasons, including a lack of jurisdiction. Additionally, the U.S. solicitor general decided last year to waive the government’s right to respond to the matter, which can serve as a signal that the justices would likewise express disinterest in the case.
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