Eleven GOP senators and senators-elect will push to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump within the Electoral College throughout a proper joint session of Congress on Wednesday, they introduced in an announcement.
The senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cited allegations of fraud and irregularities within the 2020 election for which they supplied no proof and which have been rejected repeatedly by courts across the nation.
The Department of Justice has stated it didn’t discover proof of widespread fraud within the election.
The effort, the newest amongst dozens of Republican makes an attempt to overturn Trump’s loss, is unlikely to change the Electoral College tally, which Biden gained 306-232. Biden is anticipated to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
In their assertion, the senators stated they’ll object to the certification of electors from “disputed states” until Congress establishes a fee to look at these states’ elections. The fee would conduct an “emergency 10-day audit,” they wrote.
“Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” the senators stated within the assertion.
Mike Gwin, a spokesperson for the Biden marketing campaign, stated in an announcement: “This stunt won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden will be sworn in on January 20th, and these baseless claims have already been examined and dismissed by Trump’s own Attorney General, dozens of courts, and election officials from both parties.”
Marc Elias, a Democratic election lawyer who has overseen the Biden marketing campaign’s response to lots of the lawsuits difficult the 2020 election, wrote in a put up on Twitter that there’s “no way” that the GOP effort “changes the outcome of the election.”
The senators who signed onto the assertion are Cruz, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., James Lankford, R-Okla., Steve Daines, R-Mont., John Kennedy, R-La., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. and Mike Braun, R-Ind.
The senators-elect who signed it are Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. The senators-elect will formally take workplace on Sunday.
Wednesday’s joint session of Congress, usually a formality, is when lawmakers are scheduled to formally depend the Electoral College votes awarded to every candidate for president and announce the victor.
Vice President Mike Pence, because the president of the senate, will preside over the session. Pence’s chief of employees Marc Short stated the vp “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.”
If at the very least one senator and one member of the House of Representatives casts an objection to a state’s outcomes, the joint session is suspended and the House and Senate meet individually for at most two hours to think about the objection. It requires a majority of each chambers of Congress to comply with the objection and reject the electoral faculty votes.
“The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th,” Short wrote in an announcement Saturday.
While Republicans management the 100-member Senate, Democrats maintain a majority of the House of Representatives, making it all-but-impossible for an objection to have a sensible likelihood of succeeding.
In their assertion, the senators acknowledge that their plan has little likelihood of working, and that they “expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans” will vote in opposition to them.
In a put up on Twitter, the marketing campaign wrote “THANK YOU!” and listed the names of every of the eleven present and incoming senators, in addition to Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who had earlier stated he would object to the Electoral College certification.
“It’s encouraging to see so many patriots step up and demand an investigation into the rampant voter fraud and irregularities we saw on November 3rd,” Jenna Ellis, senior authorized advisor to the marketing campaign, stated in an announcement.
The efforts to reverse Biden’s win have drawn hearth from Democrats and an rising variety of Republicans. In December, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged his celebration to not object to the Electoral College outcomes.
“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell stated on Dec. 15, after the Electoral College formally licensed Biden’s win and weeks after NBC News and different main media shops had known as the results of the race.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., has repeatedly stated that Trump’s efforts to overturn the outcomes are more likely to go down like a “shot dog.”
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, stated that Hawley’s transfer was “disappointing and destructive.”
After Saturday’s announcement, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., stated that Hawley and Cruz had been undermining “the right of the people to elect their own leaders.”
“The senators justify their intent by observing that there have been many allegations of fraud. But allegations of fraud by a losing campaign cannot justify overturning an election,” Toomey stated. “They fail to acknowledge that these allegations have been adjudicated in courtrooms across America and were found to be unsupported by evidence.”
Toomey added that he voted for Trump and endorsed him for reelection. “But, on Wednesday, I intend to vigorously defend our form of government by opposing this effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others,” he stated.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, stated in an announcement earlier within the day that she would vote to depend the Electoral College votes.
“I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and that is what I will do January 6 — just as I strive to do every day as I serve the people of Alaska,” Murkowski stated.
“The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results,” she added. “I urge my colleagues from both parties to recognize this and to join me in maintaining confidence in the Electoral College and our elections so that we ensure we have the continued trust of the American people.”
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