Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes “disappointed” with the Supreme Court’s rejection of the election case
An online petition demanding that Reyes be charged with the problem received thousands of signatures on Friday.
On Friday, the US Supreme Court dropped the case in Texas that sought to reverse the four state elections that won Joe Biden.
“Although I am disappointed that the Supreme Court refused to hear the Texas v Pennsylvania case, I respect its decision,” Reyes said in a prepared statement Friday night.
The Texas lawsuit aimed to prevent Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their votes for Joe Biden and alleged that states had unconstitutionally changed their elections. The Supreme Court ruled that Texas was unable to file such a lawsuit. Reyes was the best-known Republican in Utah to publicly support the lawsuit. He originally joined 16 other attorneys general to file an amicus letter in support and then asked plaintiffs to join the lawsuit.
Reyes had said his motivation was not to undo President Donald Trump’s defeat, but to address the issues raised for current and “future generations”.
He said, “If the election was fair, the Supreme Court should say so. If not, it should say so. “
In his statement on Friday, he said: “These important questions are not going away and will no doubt arise again. It is regrettable that we still have no clarity on critical and national constitutional issues that will go unanswered, ”he said.
Reyes’ attempt to join the lawsuit on behalf of Utah has been harshly criticized by both Governor Gary Herbert and Governor Spencer Cox. They said they were confused by it and called it an “unwise” use of taxpayers’ money. Cox declined to comment on the Supreme Court ruling on Friday.
Reyes pushed back any notion that he had misused public funds to join the effort.
“In this case, our office participated transparently and communicated directly with the governor’s staff before joining. Since Texas and Missouri designed the short language, Utah didn’t have to spend time writing. My attorney general and I reviewed the filing before filing it. Any idea that we have spent a large amount of taxpayers’ money is inaccurate and highly misleading, ”Reyes said in his statement.
A Utah governor’s spokesman declined to comment on Friday’s ruling, saying Herbert thought his initial comments on the matter were sufficient.
The backlash against Reyes resulted in an online petition calling for his impeachment, which had received more than 12,000 signatures in less than 24 hours by Friday.
“Why is Sean Reyes running around the country trying to cast votes in other states?” asked Elna Hamp, who started the petition first. “If AGs from other countries would do that to us, Utahns would probably be in the arms. We don’t have to interfere where we don’t belong. “
Shortly after the election, Reyes went to Nevada to support the Trump campaign’s unsuccessful efforts to investigate voting irregularities. He returned with claims that were unsupported by evidence that there was evidence of fraud. Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford criticized Reyes for “minding his own business.”
The impeachment lawsuit efforts are unlikely to be going anywhere. Utah legislation has impeachment powers in the state, not voters. In addition, Reyes was re-elected last month with 59% of the vote.
Ironically, Reyes is one of six voters who will cast Utah’s vote for Donald Trump on Monday when the electoral college officially meets to determine the 2020 election winner. You are determined to vote for Trump, which reflects the election result in the state.
In the US house, 126 Republicans, none from Utah, supported the Texas lawsuit in an amicus letter. These included Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Chairman, and Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip.
While he did not officially join GOP members of the House in support of legal action, Rep. Chris Stewart had expressed support for Reyes’ efforts in a tweet Thursday.
I support @SeanReyesUT’s efforts to address critical concerns about the election.
There are questions that must be clearly answered, and this lawsuit is an attempt to get them. We need all the information to restore confidence in our electoral process. https://t.co/cK3GEzmRgq
– Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) December 10, 2020
Senator Mitt Romney’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the Supreme Court decision on Friday, but Romney told CNN’s Manu Raju, “I think the efforts to overthrow the will of the people are appalling.”
Mitt Romney did not want to comment on the House Republicans who joined the letter on the Texas case, but told me, “I think the efforts to overthrow the will of the people are appalling.”
– Manu Raju (mkraju), December 11, 2020
Senator Mike Lee’s office also did not respond to a request for comment.
Prominent political advisor Steve Schmidt, a Utah-based founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted his anger at Reyes after Friday’s verdict and threatened to “set him on fire.”
“His actions have crossed an irredeemable Rubicon. We will impose political accountability, ”said Schmidt.
We’re going to set it on fire in Utah. It was duly rejected by the governor and governor-elect. His actions crossed an irredeemable Rubicon. We will impose political accountability. Standbye 🏴☠️
– Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) December 12, 2020 Schmidt, who lives in Park City, previously threatened to run against Senator Mike Lee in 2022.