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GOP Sen. Josh Hawley says he will object to Electoral College certification


#Sen. #Josh #Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a statement #Wednesday that he will object to the certification of #President-elect #Joe #Biden’s #Electoral #College victory during the joint session of #Congress on #Jan. 6, alleging that some states failed to follow their election laws and that #Big #Tech interfered on behalf of #Biden.

#Why it matters: #Hawley is the first senator to say he will object to the certification, joining a group of #House #Republicans. #Biden will still be certified the winner, but the move will force #Senate #Republicans to go on the record on whether they agree with #Trump’s baseless allegations — many of which have been thrown out in court — that there was widespread election fraud.

#What he’s saying:

#Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, #Democrats in #Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by #Democratic leadership and the media when they did. #And they were entitled to do so. #But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.

I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on #January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly #Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. #And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including #Facebook and #Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of #Joe #Biden. #At the very least, #Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. #But #Congress has so far failed to act.

#For these reasons, I will follow the same practice #Democrat members of #Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on #January 6 to raise these critical issues.

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— #Sen. #Josh #Hawley



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