A House Democrat is seeking punishment for Republicans who supported the Texas lawsuit that challenged the election results in four battleground states.
In a Dec. 7 Supreme Court complaint, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for voter certification to help investigate the vast allegations of fraud and irregularities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
The Texas lawsuit was strongly supported: 21 other states signed or expressed a desire to sign. In addition, more than 120 Republicans in the House also supported it.
However, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected the lawsuit on the ground that Texas lacked standing to sue other states.
Citing the 14th Amendment, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said that Republicans violated the U.S. Constitution by supporting the “malignant” lawsuit and they should be punished.
“The courageous Reconstruction Congress implanted into our governing document safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others who would seek to destroy the Union,” Pascrell wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” he continued. “These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend, as well as violate the Rules of our House of Representatives, which explicitly forbid Members from committing unbecoming acts that reflect poorly on our chamber.”
“Consequently, I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell demanded.
In November, Pascrell accused the Trump administration of having “engaged in treachery, in treason.” He called for investigations into the entire administration in 2021.
Following the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, Texas Republican Party President Allen West suggested creating a “Union of States” that would abide by the U.S. Constitution.
“The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressmen, has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law. Resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences,” West explained in a statement.
“This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic. Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of States that will abide by the Constitution,” he said.
Just hours after the Supreme Court decision, President Trump and his legal team vowed to continue the fight to prove widespread election irregularities and electoral fraud that cost him a victory in the 2020 election.
The president proclaimed on Saturday that the fight to restore election integrity has only begun.
WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020