By Greg Stohr; December 8, 2020, 4:43 PM EST Updated on
- Trump allies rebuffed by full court with no noted dissents
- Order marked full court’s first time weighing in on election
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a sharp blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, rejecting a request by some of his Republican allies to nullify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
The one-sentence rebuff Tuesday came without explanation and with no noted dissents. It marks the first time the full high court has weighed in on efforts by Trump and his supporters to reverse Biden’s victory.ADVERTISING
The order is a symbolic as well as substantive setback for Trump, who has claimed without foundation that he lost the election because of widespread fraud. Trump has predicted he would be vindicated at the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority and three justices he appointed. He and his supporters have suffered repeated losses at lower courts.
“Dozens of courts have rejected Trump and his allies’ debunked and meritless claims, and now the highest court in the land has joined them — without a single dissent — in repudiating this assault on the electoral process,” Biden campaign spokesman Michael Gwin said. “This election is over. Joe Biden won and he will be sworn in as President in January.”
The newest justice, Trump appointee Amy Coney Barrett, took part in the court’s consideration of the case. During her confirmation hearing in October, Democrats had called on Barrett to say whether she would disqualify herself from any Trump-related election litigation.