Supreme Court rejects Utah brothers’ lawsuit seeking to return Donald Trump to the White House

The lawsuit said nearly 400 members of Congress should be removed from office for failing to investigate claims of fraud in the 2020 election

(Jose Luis Magana | AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is seen early Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Washington. The Supreme Court, on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, rejected a lawsuit brought by three Utah brothers seeking to return Donald Trump to the White House.

Three Utah brothers seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election and return Donald Trump to the White House will not have their long-shot lawsuit heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The litigation, Brunson v. Adams et. al., claimed nearly 400 members of Congress violated their oaths of office by not investigating claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election and voting to certify Joe Biden’s win.

Raland Brunson, the lead plaintiff in the suit, along with brothers Loy and Deron, asked for those members of Congress, along with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, to be removed from office and barred from ever running again. Similarly, former Vice President Mike Pence would also be banned from holding another elective office.

In an order published Monday, the Supreme Court said it would not hear the Utahns’ case.

On Friday, a small group of Bronson’s supporters met outside the Supreme Court in hopes of encouraging justices to hear their arguments.

The suit also ignored the order of presidential succession laid out in the Constitution by asking that Donald Trump be made eligible to return to the White House.

According to Deron Brunson, lawmakers’ refusal to look into election fraud claims was akin to treason and an “act of war” against the United States. No credible evidence has been presented of widespread fraud during the 2020 presidential election or that it impacted the outcome.

The suit also asked for more than $2.9 billion in tax-free damages.

The Brunsons did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the ruling.

On social media, Raland Brunson set the stage for Monday’s denial. “Don’t think for a second that my brothers and I are not prepared for denial. We’ve got plenty of chess pieces still at play and we still have our queen,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Following Monday’s decision, Raland expressed disappointment on Facebook but said they planned to ask the court to reconsider.

The case was initially dismissed by a federal judge for lack of standing. The brothers appealed the decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals but were denied, leading to Monday’s denial by the Supreme Court.

Several media figures on the far right were hyping the case in the days leading up to Monday’s decision, including some prominent influencers in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement.