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Senate Republican joins long-shot bid to challenge Electoral College results


#Speaker #Pelosi dismissed #Josh #Hawley’s bid to disrupt the #Jan 6. certification.

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#Hawley joins some of #President #Donald #Trump’s staunchest #Republican allies on #Capitol #Hill on what could be one of the president’s last attempts to challenge the certification of the presidential election results in #January and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power to #President-elect #Joe #Biden.

#Hawley alleges that some states failed to follow their election laws and that #Big #Tech interfered on behalf of #Biden.

#He’s the first #Republican senator joining a group of #House members who also plan to object to the #Electoral #College results, in what is expected to be a symbolic political stand, delaying the certification of the presidential race results by hours, rather than alter the results.

“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,” #Hawley noted in a statement. “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.”

#Under federal law, a member of the #House or #Senate can contest the #Electoral #College results from any state, separating the #House and #Senate for up to two hours of debate before a vote on whether to accept a slate of electors.

#Majorities in both chambers would need to support the motion to successfully challenge a given slate of electors, according to the #Congressional #Research #Service.

The vote could put other #Senate #Republicans in a tough position, as #Hawley’s move will compel his colleagues in the GOP conference to vote on the record on whether they agree with #President #Trump’s allegations of widespread election and voter fraud.

#Prior to #Hawley’s move, #Sen. #John #Thune, the #Senate #Majority #Whip, predicted #Senate #Republicans could defeat any general effort to challenge the electoral results.

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“The thing they’ve got to remember is, it’s just not going anywhere. #In the #Senate it will going down like a shot dog,” #Thune said.

#Trump’s efforts to cast doubt on the results of the election by alleging widespread fraud have been undercut by state leaders, election officials, courts across the country including the #Supreme #Court, an agency that led the #Department of #Homeland #Security’s efforts to secure the election, and his former chief law enforcement officer. #In an interview with The #Associated #Press prior to resigning, then-Attorney #General #Bill #Barr acknowledged that the #Justice #Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election.

The #House and #Senate last debated the certification of electors in 2005, when #Sen. #Barbara #Boxer, D-Calif., and the late #Rep. #Stephanie #Tubbs #Jones, D-Ohio, pushed their own challenge over concerns about voting procedures in #Ohio that fall. #That effort, however, was not aimed at overturning the results of the election, #Boxer said at the time. #In 2017, then-Vice #President #Joe #Biden, presiding over the joint session of #Congress, dismissed a challenge from #House #Democrats because it lacked #Senate support.

#On #Wednesday, #House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi also dismissed #Hawley’s move, predicting #Biden will prevail over any attempt for #Trump to remain in office.

“I have no doubt that on next #Wednesday, a week from today, that #Joe #Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the #Electoral #College as the 46th #President of the #United #States,” she said.

ABC #News’ #Ben #Siegel, #Mariam #Khan and #Kendall #Karson contributed to this report.



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