Gohmert et al v. Pence
MOTION to Intervene by Timothy P Dowling. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Motion to dismiss, # 2 Exhibit Order granting motion)(Dowling, Timothy)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Louie Gohmert, Tyler Bowyer,
Nancy Cottle, Jake Hoffman,
Anthony Kern, James R. Lamon,
James Moorhead, Robert Montgomery,
Loraine Pellegrino, Greg Safsten,
Kelli Ward and Michael Ward
Civil Action No. 6:20-cv-00660
The Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice
President of the United States,
in his official capacity,
Emergency Opposed Motion of Timothy P. Dowling to Intervene
To the Honorable Jeremy D. Kernodle, United States District Court Judge:
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Timothy P. Dowling (“Dowling”) hereby files his motion to intervene in this
case, and in support thereof would show the Court the following.
1. Dowling is an American citizen who is a resident of Texas. Dowling has
been a continuously licensed Texas attorney since 1981. Dowling files
this motion pro se (he represents no person or entity in this case).
Dowling voted for Joseph R. Biden in the 2020 presidential election, and
he wishes for Mr. Biden to become the President of the United States on
January 20, 2021. Dowling requests that he be permitted to intervene in
this case as a matter of right under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24
(a), or alternatively, be allowed to permissibly intervene in this case
under Rule 24 (b).
2. In this case Plaintiffs have sued a “friendly” Defendant, Vice President
Michael Pence, who was the 2020 Republican nominee for the office of
Vice President, and who has served as the Vice President of the United
States of America since January 20, 2017. Plaintiff Louie Gohmert is a
Republican member of the House of Representatives. The other Plaintiffs
are Republicans who allegedly live in Arizona.
3. In this case Plaintiffs are asking this Court to authorize a de jure coup by
overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election so that Defendant
Pence can use his imagined “discretion” to determine which of allegedly
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competing slates of Presidential Electors should be recognized from
various states of the United States. The goal of this suit is to permit that
to occur so that the current President of the United States remains as the
President of the United States and that Joseph R. Biden does not become
the President of the United States on January 20, 2021.
4. Intervention as a matter of right. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(a)
(2) provides in relevant part that “on timely motion, the court must
permit anyone to intervene who… claims an interest relating to the
property or transaction that is the subject of the action, and is so situated
that disposing of the action may as a practical matter impair or impede
the movant’s ability to protect its interest, unless existing parties
adequately represent that interest” (emphasis added). As an American
citizen who wishes Mr. Biden to be the President of the United States
beginning on January 20, 2021, Dowling has a direct and very
consequential interest in the matters that are the subject of this lawsuit.
He is clearly “so situated that disposing of the action may as a practical
matter impair or impede” his ability to protect his interest in having Mr.
Biden become President of the United States on January 20, 2021. There
is currently no party in this case who adequately represents Dowling’s
interest. Indeed, the Defendant, the current Vice President of the United
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States, has an interest contrary to that Mr. Dowling, since Defendant is
the Vice President under the current President who Plaintiffs wish to
have remain as President. Therefore Dowling clearly has the right to
intervene in this case.
5. Dowling’s motion has been brought timely, as this case was filed on
Sunday, December 27, 2020. Plaintiffs filed an emergency motion on
December 28, 2020 seeking very expedited relief, and they are in no
position to complain of Dowling seeking emergency relief in this motion.
6. Permissive intervention. Dowling also requests that the Court permit
Dowling to permissibly intervene under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
24(b). That Rule provides in relevant part that “on timely motion the
court may permit anyone to intervene who… has a claim or defense that
shares with the main action a common question of law or fact.” In
compliance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(c), the pleading that
Dowling seeks to file in this case is attached hereto as Exhibit 1. As this
pleading indicates, Dowling has defenses in this case regarding common
questions of law and fact.
7. Dowling requests that the Court order that Dowling be made a party to
this case based on intervention as a matter of right under Rule 24(a), and
that Dowling also be permitted to permissibly intervene in this case under
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Rule 24(b). The Court should grant this motion immediately because
Plaintiffs seek relief prior to January 6, 2021, and there is inadequate
time for the typical response period to a motion to expire before this
imminent date. Dowling will be irreparably harmed if this motion is not
granted at this time, as granting it after any hearings are held in this case
would likely be meaningless.
8. Dowling requests that he be permitted to appear at any hearings in this
case by telephone or video if the Court authorizes participation at any
hearings by either or both of both methods. It is a more than 7 hour trip
from Dowling’s home to the Court. Dowling is 65 years of age, and
given the current pandemic, substantial risk is involved in travelling this
distance and appearing in court in person. Therefore good cause exists for
Dowling to appear at hearings in this case by telephone or video.
9. Dowling requests that the Court grant this relief by signing the proposed
order attached hereto as Exhibit 2, and additionally grant him such
further additional relief, whether in law or in equity, as may be just.
/s/ Timothy P. Dowling
Texas State Bar No. 06083900
8017 Villefranche Dr.
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Corpus Christi, TX 78414
Certificate of consultation
Dowling and lead counsel for Plaintiffs, William Lewis Sessions, complied
by telephone with the meet and confer requirement of Local Rule CV-7(h) on
December 29, 2020 at approximately 11:45am. This discussion conclusively
ended in an impasse, leaving an open issue for the Court to resolve. This motion
is opposed by Plaintiffs.
/s/ Timothy P. Dowling
Certificate of service
The undersigned hereby certifies that counsel for Plaintiffs were served by
filing this motion with the Clerk of this Court, and such counsel (and other
counsel) were also served by email service on December 31, 2020 as follows:
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Gregory F. Jacob
Stephen J. Cox
/s/ Timothy P. Dowling
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