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Josh Hawley to delay affirming Biden victory by forcing votes on Electoral College results


#Hawley is the first senator to announce plans to object to the results, which is significant because both a #House member and senator are required to mount an objection when #Congress counts the #Electoral #College votes on #January 6.

The objection will not change the outcome of the election, only delaying the inevitable affirmation of #Biden’s victory in #November over #President #Donald #Trump. #Democrats will reject any objections in the #House, and multiple #Republican senators have argued against an objection that will provide a platform for #Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories claiming the election was stolen from him.

#Hawley’s objection, which other senators may still join, will also put many of his #Senate #Republican colleagues in a difficult political position, forcing them to vote on whether to side with #Trump or with the popular will of the voters.

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#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell has privately urged #Senate #Republicans not to join the group of #House members who are planning to object. #Senate #Majority #Whip #John #Thune argued against it publicly, prompting a rebuke from #Trump on #Twitter and the threat of a primary challenge.

#Trump has been pushing for #Congress to try to overturn the election result as his campaign’s attempts to overturn the election through the courts have been repeatedly rejected.

#McConnell has made clear to his conference that objecting is a fruitless endeavor that will not only prolong the process, but would force many #Republicans to vote against #Trump once that process is complete. #McConnell’s top deputies have shared similar views with members of the #Senate GOP, aides say.

#But that hasn’t kept several #Republican senators from keeping the option open. #It’s a spot that places them in between #McConnell, who will continue to serve as the party’s #Senate leader and highest-ranking #Republican in the country, and #Trump, who will soon be out of office but whose power within the party, particularly with its base, remains unquestioned.

There’s no evidence of widespread fraud in the election, and in a statement explaining his decision to object, #Hawley did not raise allegations of widespread fraud. #He claimed that some states, such as #Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own laws, though the issues surrounding #Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting rules were litigated before the election. #Hawley also complained about the way that social media companies like #Facebook and #Twitter handled content surrounding the election.

“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,” #Hawley said. “#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.”

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#Hawley also cited previous #Democratic objections during the counting of #Electoral #College votes, saying just as #Democrats were “entitled to do so,” that “now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”

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#If an objection is raised from one lawmaker in both the #House and #Senate during the joint session of #Congress, the two chambers separate and debate the matter for two hours, before voting with whether to sustain the objection.

#Rep. #Mo #Brooks, the #Alabama #Republican spearheading the effort to object in the #House, said earlier this month #Republicans were considering objecting to six states that #Biden won, meaning as much as 12 hours of debate that would turn the process into a political circus and could spill into a second day of debate.

#House #Democrats objected to #Trump’s victory in several states in 2017, and also #President #George W. #Bush’s razor-thin #Florida win in 2001, but no senator joined them and the protest died.

The last time the chambers voted on an objection was in 2005, when then-Sen. #Barbara #Boxer, a #California #Democrat, joined with then-Rep. #Stephanie #Tubbs #Jones, an #Ohio #Democrat, to object to #Bush’s #Ohio win. #Hawley cited the objection in his statement #Wednesday.

#But #Boxer told CNN earlier this month the circumstances of the objection were starkly different to the GOP efforts to overturn #Biden’s election win.

“#Our intent was not to overturn the election in any way. #Our intent was to focus on voter suppression in #Ohio,” said #Boxer, who has retired from the #Senate. “They’re talking about the vote that the presidency was stolen from #Donald #Trump. #It’s not even a close comparison.”



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