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Judge rejects election challenge over Mike Pence role

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Federal judge dismissed lawsuit against Mike Pence by Republican lawmakers who wanted the US Vice President to overturn the results of the November 3 election.

This move is another blow to Donald Trump and his allies who continue to wrongly insist on election rigging.

American media Friday night reported that Trump-appointed Texas U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle dismissed the case because the plaintiffs – Louie Gohmert, a U.S. Republican representative from Texas, and several Republicans from Arizona – lacked quality.

The Associated Press said Mr. Kernodle wrote that the plaintiffs “allege an injury which is not sufficiently traceable” to Mr. Pence, “and that the relief sought is unlikely to be made.”

Mr. Gohmert and the Arizona Republicans sought to abolish the rules on how Congress certifies presidential elections, in an effort to give Mr Pence the opportunity to release the results next week.

In a 14-page court file filed on behalf of the vice president, Justice Department lawyers on Thursday called the lawsuit a “walking legal contradiction” and argued that Mr Pence was not the appropriate person to bring a lawsuit. lawsuit.

Last month, members of the Electoral College gathered in state capitals and the District of Columbia to officially select Joe Biden as President-elect of the United States, and their ballots are expected to be counted and certified by both houses. of Congress Wednesday.

Mr. Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, will oversee the session and declare the winner of the US presidential race.

Mr. Trump and his allies have filed dozens of lawsuits contest the election results and almost all of them were rejected or abandoned.

the Supreme Court of the United States rejected two cases. Although legal assaults failed to reverse Mr Biden’s victory, unsubstantiated allegations of fraud have undermined confidence in the US electoral system.

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