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Judge rejects election lawsuit against VP Pence filed by Congressman Gohmert

Court rules Texas congressman lacked standing to sue Vice President.

January 1, 2021 9:34pm

Updated: January 2, 2021 2:15pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday night against Vice President Mike Pence filed by a Texas congressman seeking to reject Joe Biden’s  electors when Congress certifies the election next week.  

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle ruled that Rep. Louie Gohmert lacked standing to bring the legal action that would prevent Pence from confirming Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

“Plaintiff Louie Gohmert, the United States Representative for Texas’s First Congressional District, alleges at most an institutional injury to the House of Representatives. Under well-settled Supreme Court authority, that is insufficient to support standing,” the judge ruled.

“The other Plaintiffs, the slate of Republican Presidential Electors for the State of Arizona (the “Nominee-Electors”), allege an injury that is not fairly traceable to the Defendant, the Vice President of the United States, and is unlikely to be redressed by the requested relief.
Accordingly, as explained below, the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over this case and must dismiss the action,” he added.