‘The genie is out of the bottle’: Texas AG says SCOTUS left questions of election integrity unanswered

In a bombshell move that left President Donald Trump and his supporters more than a little disappointed, the Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would not hear a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) challenging the results of the 2020 elections in four key swing states.

Now, Paxton is speaking out about the high court’s decision, which he said has left voters in his state and beyond with no options and still no answers to ongoing questions about the integrity of this year’s races.

“Our only place to go is the U.S. Supreme Court to be heard,” Paxton told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, according to the Washington Examiner.

“If my people are harmed, which I view them as having been harmed by the fact that other states didn’t follow their election laws and didn’t follow the Constitution, how do I address the fact that my voters are affected by a national election that potentially was not done correctly, where there was fraud and that state law and federal law was not followed?” he pressed.

“The genie is out of the bottle”

According to the Examiner, Paxton went on to stress that although there were “certainly lots of examples of fraud” in this year’s elections, his suit was not predicated on voter fraud, but rather on changes to election rules that he believes were unconstitutional.

In particular, Paxton objected to a failure by the states in question to verify ballot signatures, with the result being that “we don’t know if any of those ballots were fraudulent, and we can’t go back and check.”

“The genie is out of the bottle,” Paxton told Bartiromo, according to the Examiner. “So now, going forward, how do we know in Georgia whether we can trust those results either?”

The Texas AG added: “And those also affect us, because the U.S. Senate, obviously, if it flips, it affects my state in having an ability to get things done.”

SCOTUS shuts it down

Paxton’s case was rejected by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Texas lacked standing to sue. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented to the ruling, arguing that the court does “not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction.”

The Texas lawsuit was joined by 18 other states along with 126 Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), CNBC noted.

Following the high court’s decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a letter accusing members of the lower chamber who backed the suit of having “brought dishonor” to Congress.

“Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions,” she charged.

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