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Electoral College action by Congress should be a formality, Biden team says


#Incoming #White #House press secretary #Jen #Psaki#Jen #PsakiChris #Wallace defends #Jill #Biden: #No one ‘made a fuss’ over calling #Martin #Luther #King #Jr. a ‘doctor’ #Sunday shows – COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominate #Biden ‘will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,’ press secretary says MORE said #Wednesday that #Congress’s expected certification of #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say #New #Lincoln #Project ad shows #Trump border wall built from tombstones of COVID-19 victims MORE’s victory should be treated as a “formality,” even as a growing number of congressional #Republicans vow to challenge the process.

“This is merely a formality,” #Psaki told reporters during a virtual press briefing. “It certainly should be treated as such by people who are covering it. #And regardless of whatever antics anyone is up to on #Jan. 6, #President-elect #Biden will be sworn in on the 20th.”

#Psaki’s remarks came hours after #Sen. #Josh #Hawley#Joshua (#Josh) #David #HawleyPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw GOP #Georgia senators throw support behind ,000 stimulus checks #Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s #Electoral #College fight MORE (R-Mo.) became the first senator to vow to challenge #Biden’s victory in #Pennsylvania and potentially other states on #Jan. 6, when #Congress meets to certify the results of the #Electoral #College vote.

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“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 in a statement.

The rules for the joint session of #Congress on #Jan. 6 require at least one member from each chamber to raise a formal objection to the election results in order to trigger a debate and vote on the objection. #Dozens of #House #Republicans have already said they will challenge #Biden’s victory in the #November presidential elections.

#Hawley’s pledge all but guarantees that members of the #House and the #Senate will be forced to debate the election results in at least one state before formalizing #Biden’s status as president-elect.

The anticipated debate over the election results will almost certainly have no effect on the outcome of the presidential race, although it will force members of both chambers to go on the record either affirming or rebuking #Biden’s victory over #Trump.

#Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted that he won the 2020 presidential election, despite trailing #Biden by 74 electoral votes. The president has also falsely claimed that widespread voter fraud and systemic irregularities had marred the results of vote counts in several key battleground states.

#Psaki dismissed the looming certification challenges #Wednesday, pointing to the roughly 81 million votes that #Biden had received in the #November election. #She also noted that #Biden himself presided over the congressional certification of #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE’s #Electoral #College victory in 2017 when he was serving as vice president.

“Just as a reminder, then #Vice #President #Biden presided over the certification of #Donald #Trump’s win in 2017,” #Psaki said. “Vice #President [Richard] #Nixon presided over the certification of #John F. #Kennedy’s win. #Vice #President [Al] #Gore presided over the certification of #George W. #Bush’s win.”

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https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/532116-electoral-college-action-by-congress-should-be-a-formality-biden-team-says

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