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Josh Hawley To Object To Biden Electoral College Vote


#Sen. #Josh #Hawley of #Missouri announced #Wednesday he would object during next week’s congressional certification of #President-elect #Joe #Biden’s #Electoral #College win — a move that is likely to delay but not change the result.

#Hawley’s decision to join a group of #House #Republicans who had already pledged to do so will force a floor debate when #Congress meets on #Jan. 6 followed by a vote in each chamber.

#But #Democrats control the #House of #Representatives and enough #Senate #Republicans have already recognized #Biden’s win that it’s expected he will easily win in that chamber, too.

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#Despite pleas from #President #Donald #Trump for #Congress to intervene in the election that he lost decisively, #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell had been trying to prevent his fellow #Republicans from objecting, fearing it will force them to make unpopular votes against #Trump that could be used by primary challengers in the next election.

#Sen. #John #Thune, the second-highest-ranking #Republican in the #Senate, has previously called such a vote “an opportunity to vent,” but added that “it’s not going anywhere.”

#Trump’s campaign has lost dozens and dozens of court cases in its attempts to overturn the results of the election, producing no evidence of mass fraud.

#Following #Hawley’s announcement, #Trump took to #Twitter to celebrate.

#Hawley, who is frequently mentioned as a possible #Republican presidential candidate in 2024, explained his decision by citing his desire to raise “critical issues.” #He said without evidence that “mega corporations” such as #Facebook and #Twitter had tried to interfere in the election to support #Biden, and also claimed some states had failed to follow their own election laws.

“#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,” #Hawley said.

#After the 2016 presidential election, some #House #Democrats objected to the certification of #Trump’s #Electoral #College win, but no senators joined them, meaning there was no vote.

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#When #Democrats rose to object, #Biden, who was presiding over the vote in his capacity as vice president, rejected their efforts.

“#It is over,” #Biden said.



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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/josh-hawley-electoral-college-object

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