Texas' New Secretary Of State Pick Helped Trump Try To Overturn Election Results

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent appointment for secretary of state is a lawyer who tried to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 presidential election. 

Abbott appointed lawyer John Scott  on Thursday, giving Scott the power to oversee election administrations in a Republican-controlled state that has clamped down on voting rights.

“John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage,” Abbott said in a statement. “I am confident that John’s experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country.”

Scott briefly helped Trump in one of the former president’s manyfailedattempts to overturn a free and fair election that he lost to President Joe Biden. As The Texas Tribune pointed out, Scott signed on as counsel to a lawsuit filed by Trump on Nov. 13 to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results. Scott backed out of the lawsuit just days after joining the team and on the eve of a key hearing in the case that Trump went on to lose.

Scott will serve as interim secretary of state until he is confirmed by the state legislature, which is scheduled to convene again in 2023.

Read more about the appointment from The Texas Tribune.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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