Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Monday he agreed to present oral arguments to the Supreme Court if the high court takes up the Pennsylvania election lawsuit.
“Petitioner’s legal team has asked me whether I would be willing to argue the case before the Supreme Court, if the Court grants certiorari,” Cruz told Fox News. “I have agreed, and told them that, if the Court takes the appeal, I will stand ready to present the oral argument.”
If #SCOTUS grants cert in the PA election case, I have told the petitioners I will stand ready to present the oral argument.
Full statement below… pic.twitter.com/EnHxjqGR5K
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 7, 2020
Cruz’s announcement comes just days after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito directed state officials in Pennsylvania to respond to Representative Mike Kelly’s election challenge prior to the “safe harbor” deadline as established in the Constitution, the Pennsylvania Inquirer reported.
Kelly argued laws expanding voting by mail were improperly established by lawmakers with a vote in the state legislature, rather than through a constitutional amendment. Justice Alito had ordered officials to respond by Wednesday, a day after the “safe harbor” deadline prior to changing his direction.
“As I said last week, the bitter division and acrimony we see across the Nation needs resolution. I believe the Supreme Court has a responsibility to the American people to ensure, within its powers, that we are following the law and following the Constitution,” Cruz said.
Through his work as Solicitor General for the State of Texas and in private practice, Senator Cruz “authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court,” his website stated. “He also won an unprecedented series of landmark national victories that include his defense of U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas, our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument at the Texas State Capitol, and the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
While on Fox News, Cruz told host Sean Hannity, “We’re seeing across the country, lawsuits that are challenging voter fraud, that are challenging irregularities in the election, and in Pennsylvania this appeal to the Supreme Court raises very serious issues.”
Cruz said he believed it “raises pure issues of law” and that the Supreme Court should take the case and hear the appeal.
I believe #SCOTUS should choose to take the case and hear the appeal because we need the Supreme Court to step in and ensure we are following the Constitution and following the law. pic.twitter.com/BGvU4DceX5
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 8, 2020
“I think we need a sense of resolution and we need the Supreme Court to step in and ensure that we’re following the Constitution and following the law,” the senator said, adding, “Right now, it’s not healthy for our democracy what we’re seeing and in Pennsylvania the problem was made worse because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is a partisan Democratic court that has issued multiple decisions that were just on their face contrary to law.”
Cruz continued, “And that’s not how elections are supposed to work.”