NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee has joined 17 other states in supporting Texas' efforts to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
On Wednesday, Tennessee joined Missouri’s amicus filed in the Supreme court. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III released the following statement after the decision:
“The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office has consistently taken the position that only a State’s legislature has the authority to make and change election laws. This Office pressed that argument in cases defending Tennessee’s election laws against pandemic-related challenges and in amicus briefs in cases involving similar challenges in other courts. This is not something new. Texas’s action in the Supreme Court seeks to vindicate the same important separation-of-powers principles, and that is why we joined Missouri’s amicus brief in support of that action.”
While President @realDonaldTrump continues to fight to protect the sanctity of the ballot box, I completely support TN joining TX in their fight against these states for violating voting guidelines in the Constitution. We must ensure every legally cast ballot is counted. https://t.co/EPKuiNbnAR— Bill Hagerty (@BillHagertyTN) December 9, 2020
However, some lawmakers disagreed with the action. Sen. Brenda Gilmore and Sen. Jeff Yarbro were among the first to voice their opposition on social media.
Never leading, always following https://t.co/Z44E5kpwTt— Senator Brenda Gilmore (@SenatorGilmore) December 9, 2020
Here’s the context. The AG in Texas is under FBI investigation and widely assumed to be fishing for a pardon. Now @TNattygen is spending TN resources to help!?!— Jeff Yarbro (@yarbro) December 9, 2020
Plus-notably shoddy legal work. And-the goal is interfering in how states run elections, fighting democracy, or both. https://t.co/E7DwyVqqWb