The House Freedom Caucus Just Trashed What Little Credibility It Had Left
When the House Freedom Caucus was formed in January 2015, co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan (R–Ohio) said that the unofficial congressional club would “support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution, and the rule of law.”
On Thursday, roughly two-thirds of the House Freedom Caucus, including Jordan, signed an amicus brief in support of President Donald Trump’s longshot bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which Trump plainly lost.
The amicus brief will likely have little bearing on the outcome of the case, which hinges on the unprecedented claim that one state should be allowed to challenge how other states handle elections. In a more serious amicus brief also filed on Thursday, a group of conservative legal scholars described the underlying lawsuit as making “a mockery of federalism and separation of powers.”
The amicus brief filed by 106 members of Congress—all Republicans, naturally—isn’t a serious legal document so much as an oath of loyalty to Trump. It is a convenient list of the members of Congress who chose unconditional fealty to a president’s bizarre, flailing attempt to hold onto power for its own sake over the Constitution and rule of the law.
⚖️JUST IN: New amicus brief from 106 Republican House members in support of Texas’ bid to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Supreme Court. Here they are???? pic.twitter.com/QLN4jDfoto
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) December 10, 2020
Don’t heap all your scorn on Jordan. He has plenty of company. Current House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Andy Biggs (R–Ariz.) also signed the amicus brief.
By my unofficial count,
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