(FOX NEWS) – The House of Representatives asked a federal judge in Texas on Thursday to dismiss a Republican congressman's lawsuit seeking to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to decide which electoral votes to count when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to finalize November's presidential election.
The House made the request after Mr. Pence himself weighed in against the plaintiffs — Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and several Arizona Republicans who unsuccessfully ran to be presidential electors — in a Justice Department brief calling the suit a "walking legal contradiction." Mr. Gohmert named Mr. Pence as the sole defendant, which the Justice Department noted is "ironically the very person whose power they seek to promote."
According to a court filing, Mr. Gohmert's lawyers attempted to reach an agreement with Mr. Pence regarding the lawsuit, but those discussions were unsuccessful.
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