Nessel files response to Texas lawsuit over election results with SCOTUS

Posted at 8:11 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 08:11:47-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed her response Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit.

Paxton’s lawsuit seeks to overturn the election results in Michigan and several other battleground states.

In her response, Nessel says the challenge by Texas is “an unprecedented one without factual foundation and without a valid legal basis.”

“The basis of Texas’s claims rests on an assertion that Michigan has violated its own election laws. Not true,” the filing said. “That claim has been repeatedly rejected in the federal and state courts in Michigan, and just yesterday the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch effort to request an audit. Not only is the complaint here meritless, but its jurisdictional flaws abound and provide solid ground to dispose of this action.”

Nessel says part of the jurisdictional flaw with this lawsuit is Texas’s end-around to the country’s traditional judicial process by filing the complaint directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Along with Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin were listed as defendants in the suit.

Several Republican state attorneys general have filed amicus briefs in support of Texas.

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