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Ben Sasse Slams Republican Effort to Challenge Election


#Mr. #Trump has continued to falsely claim that #Mr. #Biden unfairly won the election because of widespread voter fraud and has demanded that congressional #Republicans work to overturn the results. #Attorney #General #William P. #Barr has acknowledged that the #Justice #Department had uncovered no such fraud that would have changed the outcome and the #Supreme #Court, as well as courts in at least eight key states across the country, has refused or rejected challenges waged by the #Trump campaign in an attempt to throw out the results of the election. #Those challenges have not come close to overturning the results in a single state.

#Still there is a substantial rift in the party. #While a steady stream of #House #Republicans have announced their willingness to object to the electoral votes of critical states, #Mr. #Hawley is the first senator to do so. #He hinted on #Wednesday that other senators could soon join his effort, telling reporters “a number of offices have reached out via staff to ours and said, ‘We’re interested.’”

#On #Thursday, he blasted out a fund-raising pitch highlighting his plan. “We must ensure that one vote means one vote in #America,” read the message, which was positioned alongside a photo of #Mr. #Hawley and #Mr. #Trump. “I plan to object to the results of the #Electoral #College on #Jan. 6, but I need your help.”

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#It is unclear how many — if any — of his #Senate colleagues will rally to his side.

#But it is already creating something of a test for #Republicans and their allies, who are being forced to take sides and either back #Mr. #Trump or reject his efforts to overturn the election.

#His announcement on #Wednesday was met with a distinct lack of enthusiasm in many conservative circles. #Senator #Mitch #McConnell, #Republican of #Kentucky and the majority leader, had discouraged lawmakers from objecting to the results, arguing that a challenge would force senators to go on the record either defying #Mr. #Trump or rejecting the will of the voters.

#And on a private conference call on #Thursday with #Senate #Republicans, #Senator #Patrick J. #Toomey of #Pennsylvania, who is retiring in 2022, spoke up to make clear his “strong” disagreement with #Mr. #Hawley’s plan, a spokesman for #Mr. #Toomey confirmed.

#Mr. #Hawley’s objection will force the #Senate to debate his claim for up to two hours, followed by a vote on #Mr. #Biden’s victory. #With every #Senate #Democrat expected to certify the election, along with at least several #Republicans, the #Senate is likely to affirm #Mr. #Biden’s victory. The #House, which must also conduct the same vote, is controlled by #Democrats, making certification a certainty.



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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/us/politics/ben-sasse-election-results.html

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