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Illinois AG blasts Texas lawsuit against battleground states

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Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined with counterparts opposing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit overturning election results in four battleground states.

The suit asks the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the election results of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on the basis that made because of the coronavirus pandemic makes the votes improper and disenfranchises Texan voters.

Reuters reported that Trump and 17 Republican attorneys general have filed briefs in support of the lawsuit and the Trump administration is seeking to join the suit.

“It is concerning and dangerous that the president and his allies have spent the weeks following the election seeking to undermine its results, as elections are at the very core of our democracy. Further, it is unconscionable that a state attorney general would use his authority to file a frivolous, unfounded lawsuit aimed at overturning an election,” Raoul said in a press release. “The people of the states in question have spoken decisively, and I stand with my colleagues to defend their right to be heard.”

In an amicus brief filed in the case, Raoul and 23 bipartisan attorneys general argue that Texas’ lawsuit depends on a misreading of the Constitution’s Electors Clause.

Joining Raoul in filing the amicus brief are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington.

While most of Illinois’ GOP U.S. representatives have been quiet about the lawsuit, Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has joined with 126 House Republicans in supporting the suit.

“President Trump is using the legal means available to him to ensure that every legal vote is counted,” Bost said in a statement received by the Belleville News-Democrat on Tuesday. “At a time of great uncertainty for our country, it is vitally important that the American people have faith in our elections and trust the results.”

The newspaper reported that Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), Adam Kinzinger (R-Kankakee) nor retiring John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) have signed on in support of the lawsuit.

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