United States President Donald Trump arrives to make remarks on the stock exchange during an unscheduled appearance on November 24, 2020 in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Seventeen states whose elections were won by President Donald Trump told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they support Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's offer to file a lawsuit that could effectively undo President-elect Joe Biden's proposed victory on the electoral college .
The filing of Paxton by these states came the day after he asked the Supreme Court for permission to sue Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which Biden won, over their voting procedures.
Later on Wednesday, Trump filed a motion to intervene in the case "in his personal capacity" as a presidential candidate. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on Paxton's motion.
The states that support the lawsuit and all have Republican attorneys general are Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
Trump defeated Biden in the referendum in all of these states, despite Biden receiving one of Nebraska's electoral votes.
Representatives of the four battlefield states to which the lawsuit related did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment.
After Trump asked to intervene in the case, 17 former officials and lawmakers filed their own filings in support of the four swing states. They argued that Paxton's case was not part of the Supreme Court, suggesting that his claims could be made elsewhere.
"The constitution does not make this court a multi-district litigation panel for judicial proceedings in presidential election disputes," the letter said.
The court record was signed by former officials who had worked in Republican administrations and several former members of the House and Senate.
Paxton's case makes "a mockery of federalism and the separation of powers," said her letter.
"It would be against the most basic constitutional principles for this court to act as the trial court for disputes in presidential elections."
Paxton, a Republican who continues to be charged with securities fraud, is seeking permission from the Supreme Court to sue the four states for blocking their certification of Biden's victories in them.
Paxton argues that a blockade is warranted because of allegedly inappropriate changes in voting procedures over the past year, allegedly different treatment of voters in democratic areas, and voting on "irregularities".
The four swing state defendants will submit their responses to the court by 3:00 p.m. against Paxton's request. on Thursday.
The effort comes from the fact that all states confirmed their individual presidential election results, which shows that Biden easily won the national referendum.
Biden is expected to win the electoral college if it convenes on Monday by 36 votes, more than the minimum of 270 votes required to win the White House.
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel said Tuesday Paxton's filing was "a publicity stunt, not a serious legal plea".
"The erosion of trust in our democratic system is not due to the good people in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia or Pennsylvania, but rather to partisan officials like Mr. Paxton imposing loyalty to a person loyalty to their country," Nessel said in one Explanation.
"The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have been thoroughly tried and flatly denied in state and federal courts by judges appointed by both political parties. Mr. Paxton's actions are beneath the dignity of the Attorney General and the people of the great State of Texas. "
Trump has refused to allow Biden to vote, claiming without evidence that he was the victim of widespread electoral fraud.
Trump and his election campaign, as well as their political allies, have repeatedly failed in their legal attempts to invalidate votes for Biden.
The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear a separate offer from Trump Allied Republicans questioning Biden's victory in Pennsylvania.
Suffrage experts saw this seemingly unanimous rejection as a signal that the remaining efforts to undo Biden's victory were all but doomed at the Supreme Court.
But the GOP plaintiffs in this case plan to file a formal appeal with the Supreme Court, The Hill reported Wednesday.
President and attorney Rudy Giuliani recently pushed for legislation in battlefield states whose popular elections were won by Biden to outvote their citizens and nominate a electoral roll for Trump to the electoral college.