A further 20 House Republicans have added their names to a legal brief in support of the Texas Supreme Court case that challenges the 2020 election results.
The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear the case, which was first brought by the state of Texas before a further six states asked to join as plaintiffs along with President Donald Trump.
Twenty Democratic attorneys general filed a brief on Dec. 10 in support of the defendants.
In their amicus brief filed on Dec. 11, the group of House Republicans echoed the plaintiffs' case that the four states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin violated the Constitution by usurping the authority from their own legislatures to set the rules for appointing electors.
"The legislature of every Defendant state had established detailed rules by which that state’s appointment of presidential electors should have been conducted," states the brief. "However, in the months before the 2020 election, those rules were deliberately changed by both state and non-state actors."
They also called on the court to grant the request for a temporary restraining order on the states in question to prevent them certifying elections or allowing electors to be selected.
The request by the plaintiffs essentially asks the Supreme Court to hit pause on the presidential election process while the case is being considered.
So far, the Supreme Court already rejected one case brought against the state of Pennsylvania by Rep. Mike Kelly, (R-Pa.).
Unlike other cases, the one filed by Texas gets a direct line to the Supreme Court, which is the only court that can hear cases of states suing other states.
The four defendant states and the 20 Democratic attorneys general constitute all but one of the Democratic attorneys general in the United States. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller was the only Democrat who hadn’t joined the lawsuit as of the evening of Dec. 10. Georgia has a Republican attorney general.
The states that also filed briefs in support of Texas are Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The Trump campaign and the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah filed formal motions to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of Texas. None of the Democratic attorneys general have yet filed interventions.
The four defendant states have each filed separate briefs in opposition to the case.
Announcing the filing of the original case, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement, “Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election.”
“The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution."