GOP senators say they will reject election results until commission is formed

Some senators, led by Senator Ted Cruz, say they will reject the results of the Electoral College until a commission is appointed to conduct a 10-day audit of the results. Congress is ready for the count The Electoral College will vote on January 6.

“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject voters from the disputed states as ‘not routinely granted’ and ‘legally certified’ (legally required), and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.” Statement.

Cruz’s group is working separately from the Republican senator Josh Howell In his attempt to challenge the results of the Electoral College when Congress convenes on Wednesday. Dozens of House Republicans are also likely to challenge Biden’s victory if elected president, although the Elect College Ralph College Legislature confirmed its 306 voter votes in December.

These last loss challenges are not to change the outcome of the election and Mr. Biden is scheduled to inaugurate on January 20. The list of Republican legislators challenging the results includes some of the party’s biggest rising stars, and one of these efforts is an attempt to side with President Trump and his supporters.

Cruise is working with Senators Ron Johnson, James Lank Nckford, Steve Dines, John F. Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, and Mike Braun and Cynthia Lumis, Roger Marshall, Bill Hejerty and Tommy Tuberville, elected by the senators. Only one of these senators, Johnson of Wisconsin, represents the state won by Mr. Biden.

In his statement, he claims that senators are trying to restore trust in the democratic process because of allegations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s legal team has repeatedly been unable to provide evidence of voter fraud in a number of lawsuits challenging election results.

The statement cites the 1877 election, when Congress appointed an Election Commission in early 1877 to consider and resolve disputed electoral returns.

“Congress should immediately appoint an Election Commission with full investigative and fact-finding powers to conduct a 10-day audit of election compensation urgency in the disputed states. Once completed, the individual states will evaluate the commission’s findings and call a special assembly session, if necessary.” , To certify the change in their opinion, “the statement said.

This Joint Session of Congress The law requires the president to ratify the results, but according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), “members are allowed to object to compensation being declared from any individual state.”

Hawali is the only Republican senator so far committed to challenging election votes Be the last pit Mr. Trump is seeking a second term after previous attempts to challenge the election results failed, including the loss of several lawsuits brought by the campaign.

“In a very short time, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and take steps to protect the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to take action,” Howell said last week.

However, some Republicans see Hawley’s efforts as detrimental to democratic institutions, and have accused him of making shameless moves to gain the support of Mr. Trump’s voters ahead of a possible 2024 presidential bid.

In a scrating To tweet Last week, Republican Congress President Adam Kingsinger said Hawali’s “internal monologue” was releasing his statement: “I want to be president, so I decided to try to get the Potts tweet, even though I know this is not going anywhere. “But hey … I’ll blame someone else when I fail. “

Republican Senator Ben Sase published a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday, saying anyone seeking to challenge the election results is “playing with fire.”

“Let’s make it clear what is happening here: we have aspiring politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the base of the president’s popularity without doing any real, long-term damage. But they’re wrong – and the issue is big. More than anyone’s personal ambition. Adults don’t pay attention to a loaded gun at the center of legitimate self-government, “Sess said.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the upcoming election vote certificate “the most resultant vote” in a call with senators this week, said Senator Mitt Romney. Romney told reporters on Friday that the vote means he interpreted McConnell’s comment, it’s a referendum on our democracy.

“Look, I lost in 2014, I know what it’s going to lose,” said Rumney, the 2012 presidential candidate. “And there were people who said there was irregularity. Today I have people who say, ‘Hey, you know what you’re really winning’ – but I didn’t, I lost fair and square. Of course there There have always been irregularities, but spreading such rumors that our electoral system is not working is dangerous for democracy here and abroad. “

In his statement, the senators acknowledged that they “fully expect, if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than some Republicans, otherwise to vote” and accept the election results.

“A fair and credible audit will be conducted quickly and well completed before January 20. The confidence of the American people in our electoral process will dramatically improve and the legitimacy of our next president will be significantly increased,” the statement said. “We know the people.” . “We are working not to thwart the democratic process, but to protect it. And the election was held legally under the constitution and we must all work together to do what we can to restore trust in our democracy.”