With nine days to go before Inauguration Day, the Supreme Court threw out a raft of requests this morning for expedited consideration of legal challenges to election results in multiple states by President Donald Trump’s campaign and Trump supporters.
The actions come after Congress voted Jan. 7 to dismiss all objections lodged by senators and representatives challenging Electoral College votes from disputed states narrowly won by the Democratic Party ticket of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Republican lawmaker support for the objections collapsed after multiple individuals bearing Trump campaign flags and paraphernalia ran amok in the United States Capitol while lawmakers were attempting to officially certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, delaying the process several hours.
Although the lawsuits acted on by the high court continue to be pending, the terms of office of the unsuccessful Republican Party ticket of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to end at 12 Noon on Jan. 20, at which point Biden and Harris will be sworn in, replacing them. Trump has said he will not attend the ceremony.
The Supreme Court, as is its custom, did not explain why it dismissed the emergency applications seeking fast-track consideration of the various lawsuits.
The lawsuits in question, all of which continue to be listed on the Supreme Court’s docket, concern the presidential elections held in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.