WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dan Newhouse, the Republican congressional representative for Washington’s 4th District, is one of 106 signatories to a friend-of-the-court brief in the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn presidential election results in key swing states.
Newhouse, whose district includes Grant, Douglas and Okanogan counties as well as the Tri-Cities and Yakima, was one of only two Washington congressmembers to sign the amicus brief filed Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court. The other is U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane.
President-elect Joe Biden won 81 million popular votes to President Donald Trump’s74 million, and 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. The lawsuit, brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asks the Supreme Court to hear argument that Texas was harmed by voting procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
In a press statement, Newhouse said, “State legislatures are charged with selecting their electors and establishing their election systems. In these four states, it was an entity outside of the legislature that chose the electors. Not only is that very concerning, but the possible discrepancies in these states’ elections also merits a closer look by the court.
“Joining this amicus brief is not about trying to overturn the results of an election, but is simply about ensuring the American people have faith in our elections and our Constitution,” he wrote.
Multiple lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign, and multiple audits and recounts in the key states, have found no evidence of “discrepancies” which might undo the results.
The Texas case argues that mail-in and drop-off voting in those states, which Democrats used more extensively than Republicans, damaged Texans’ voting rights. The suit is widely seen as frivolous and unprecedented, based on Trump’s repeated false claims that voting practices in those states gave way to fraud.
All 50 states have now certified their election results, and 54 out of 55 lawsuits by the Trump campaign to challenge the results have been thrown out by judges. That includes a refusal this week by the Supreme Court to stop certification in Pennsylvania, which gave 20 electoral votes to Biden.
All the signatories to the amicus brief are Republican House members.