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Fortenberry, Smith and King sign onto amicus brief in support of ballot lawsuit

Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia named in the lawsuit
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Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 18:57:57-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska congressional representatives, Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) and Adrian Smith (NE-3) signed onto an amicus brief along with outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve King (IA-4) and 103 other Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. The brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a State of Texas lawsuit filed against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Georgia, State of Michigan, and State of Wisconsin.

The lawsuit challenges the method by which ballots were counted in each state and "the manner of appointing presidential electors.”

Thursday, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson also announced that Nebraska is joining an amicus brief with 17 other states in support of the same Texas lawsuit.

Also see: Nebraska joins brief supporting Texas lawsuit against mail-in ballot count

Nebraska Presidential Elector, Democrat Precious McKesson said in a statement on Thursday, “This blatant power grab comes on the heels of Ricketts saying he supported certifying the election results … By joining this lawsuit, he’s going back on his word and is trying to steal the election from the people.”

UPDATED 12/10/2020 at 5:45

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds expressed support for the lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general. In a statement released on Thursday, she said that Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller had a different view of the matter and wanted to support the states that are named as defendants.

"I have denied Attorney General Tom Miller's request to join an amicus brief that supports the defendants in the Texas lawsuit," Reynolds said. "While not given the opportunity, I would have requested that Iowa officially join in support of the lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General. As I have said all along, President Trump, his campaign, and supporters have every right to pursue lawful, legal actions in the courts. The American people deserve a fair and transparent election."

"I would not have joined an amicus brief in support of this lawsuit because the 2020 elections were fairly and safely conducted by election officials of both parties. I continue to have faith in the integrity of the U.S. election. I cannot support a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the votes of millions of Americans," Miller said on the Iowa Attorney General's website.

Related: High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

More reading: Georgia re-certifies election results after a second recount upheld Biden's win

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