Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit over Biden victory

United States.- A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans in a last-ditch effort to challenge the victory of the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Saturday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and a group of supporters of Donald Trump in Arizona.

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Gohmert and his allies hoped to give Vice President Mike Pence the ability to reject the Electoral College results when he oversees a session of Congress on Wednesday.

The plaintiffs were suing Pence, a fact that even his attorneys acknowledged was bizarre.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are seen as leaders in favor of social minorities. AFP

“The vice president, the only defendant in this case, is ironically the very person whose power they seek to promote,” wrote a Justice Department attorney representing Pence, according to a report by The Hill.

“A lawsuit to establish that the vice president has discretion over the position, filed against the vice president, is a walking legal contradiction.”

Later Saturday, Pence chief of staff Marc Short told The Hill that the vice president “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and wrongdoing.

Joe Biden is already shaping up to take office without interruption in January. AFP

The vice president appreciates the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and present evidence to Congress and the American people on January 6, the statement added.

Pence’s role on Jan.6 is largely ceremonial, The Hill noted. The district judge who dismissed the case on Friday found that Gohmert and the other plaintiffs could not prove that Pence’s role was prejudicial to them.

The three-judge Court of Appeals panel, made up of two Republicans appointed by Ronald Reagan and another appointed by Trump, largely agreed.

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