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Hawley jams GOP with Electoral College fight


GOP #Sen. #Josh #Hawley#Joshua (#Josh) #David #HawleyGOP lawmaker thinks 100 #Republicans could challenge #Electoral #College results #Here are the #Republicans planning to challenge the #Electoral #College results #Kemp dismisses #Trump’s call to resign as ‘a distraction’ MORE’s (#Mo.) decision to object to the #Electoral #College result is putting his fellow #Republicans senators in a tough political bind, fueling frustration within the caucus.

#Hawley is the first senator to announce support for a long-shot effort to challenge results in key states when #Congress convenes a joint session on #Wednesday, giving a band of #House conservatives the backing they need to force a debate and vote challenging #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenTrump to cut #Florida trip short, return to #Washington on #Thursday #Intel vice chair says government agency cyber attack ‘may have started earlier’ #Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intelligence on #China bounties on US forces in #Afghanistan: report MORE’s win.

#It’s exactly the scenario GOP leaders hoped to avoid. #Though conservatives can only delay — not change — the outcome of the election, the votes will provide potential primary fodder against 2022 incumbents and squeeze 2024 #White #House hopefuls.

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“I don’t think it’s the #Senate’s role to have a bunch of politicians in #Washington overturn our presidential election,” said #Sen. #John #Thune#John #Randolph #ThuneHawley to challenge #Electoral #College results in #Senate #Senate poised to override #Trump’s defense bill veto #Trump targets congressional #Republicans on multiple fronts MORE (R-S.D.), who said he would wait to hear the objections but that he would vote for the “Constitution and the rule of law.”

#Its. #Kevin #Cramer#Kevin #John #CramerHouse #Democratic #Rep. #Rick #Larsen tests positive for COVID-19 #One year after reauthorization, EXIM is helping #American workers and keeping #China at bay #Senators urge IRS to provide late filing and payment relief amid pandemic MORE (R-N.D.) — who is waiting to hear the arguments on #Jan. 6 — predicted that the joint session is “going to be crazy” and framed, by some, as a question about whether or not a GOP lawmaker supports #Trump.

“That will be a common standard, put out by people who are very loyal to the president. …I mean I hear it every single day” #Cramer added.

#Hawley is unapologetic about forcing his colleagues into a political box canyon.

“I imagine that voters are going to want to know. #Did you express their concerns? #Did you take a stand when you could or not?,” #Hawley said, asked about his #Senate GOP colleagues who are up for reelection in 2022.

#Hawley joined the #Senate in 2019 and is already viewed as a potential 2024 #White #House contender. #He says political ambitions are not driving his #January 6 strategy, but he is fundraising off his decision.

#Asked about the likelihood that his #Electoral #College decision will make him unpopular with his #Republican colleagues, #Hawley joked: “More than I already am?”

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#Its. #Ben #Sasse#Ben #SasseTrump’s final weeks create chaos for #Congress GOP senator on #Trump pardons: ‘#This is rotten to the core’ #No, #Biden hasn’t won yet — one more nightmare scenario MORE (R-Neb.) didn’t directly mention #Hawley or any other GOP senator, but described any #Republican supporting the effort to challenge the election results as an “institutional arsonist.”

“Let’s be clear what is happening here: #We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. #But they’re wrong – and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. #Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government,” #Sasse wrote in an open letter to constituents that was posted to #Facebook.

#Its. #Susan #Collins#Susan #Margaret #CollinsSenate poised to override #Trump’s defense bill veto #Push for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #On The #Trail: The political winners of 2020 MORE (R-Maine) also questioned why #Hawley was backing an effort after the courts had dismissed dozens of election challenges from #Trump’s legal team.

“I do not think that he will prevail in his quest. #And I question why he is doing it when the courts have unanimously thrown out the suits that the president’s team have filed for lack of credible evidence,” #Collins said. “Senator #Hawley is a smart attorney who clerked for the #Supreme #Court so he clearly understands that. #So I don’t understand.”

#Asked if she would vote against objections, #Collins said “absolutely” absent “some very unexpected revelation that I cannot imagine that would occur.”

The issue came up during a #Senate GOP caucus call on #Thursday, where #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell#Addison (#Mitch) #Mitchell #McConnellKey test vote on #Trump veto override set for #Friday #Jeff #Stein: #Battle over K direct payments ‘putting tremendous pressure’ on #Republican caucus #Dow closes at record in year-end rally MORE (R-Ky.) pressed #Hawley to explain his thinking.

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#Hawley was not on the call, which was first reported by #Politico, but subsequently sent an email to GOP senators saying that many voters back in his state were “deeply angry and disillusioned” and that he was going to use his objection on #Jan. 6 to “force these issues to the fore.”

“I strongly believe it is entirely appropriate for those of us concerned about the integrity of this last election to do the same,” #Hawley wrote, pointing to objections in previous years from #Democrats.

GOP #Sen. #Pat #Toomey#Patrick (#Pat) #Joseph #ToomeyGovernment used #Patriot #Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 #Appeals court rules NSA’s bulk phone data collection illegal #Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (#Pa.), who is retiring at the end of 2022, spoke out against #Hawley’s plan during the call, a spokesperson confirmed to The #Hill, adding that #Toomey “strongly disagrees” with #Hawley.

#It’s the sort of GOP infighting that #McConnell has typically tried to avoid, after intra-party battles cost them seats in previous election cycles. The 19 GOP senators who are up for reelection in two years now have to decide if they will vote to back #Trump’s claims of voter fraud, which have been largely dismissed by courts, or vote to uphold the election results, and potentially open themselves up to a bloody primary fight.

#Its. #Roy #Blunt#Roy #Dean #BluntSenate poised to override #Trump’s defense bill veto #Schumer to try to pass K stimulus checks bill #Tuesday #House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote MORE (R-Mo.), who is up for reelection in 2022, has said he will not join in any objections, citing his role in the joint session.

“I expect there to be a vigorous debate regarding any state where the electors are challenged by at least one #House member and one #Senator. #As one of the four #Members of #Congress required to participate in the joint session, I will not be joining in any objection,” #Blunt said.

#Its. #Ron #Johnson#Ronald (#Ron) #Harold #JohnsonGOP senator says he’ll block consent for ,000 stimulus checks #Push for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #On The #Trail: The political losers of 2020 MORE (R-Wis.), who has stuck closely to #Trump and is up for reelection in 2022, has said he won’t object, but isn’t ruling out supporting an objection if it comes to a vote.

“There’s no reason for more people to object. #All it takes is one. #But I’ll support his efforts and support the efforts of the conference to weigh out, as I did in the hearing, hear the issues. #We have to, we can’t just close our eyes,” #Johnson said.

#If an objection has the support of a member of the #House and a member of the #Senate, the two chambers separate and each debate it for up to two hours. #Both the #House and #Senate would then vote on whether or not to uphold the objection, which would require a majority in both chambers to be successful.

#Both incoming #Sen. #Tommy #Tuberville (R-Ala.) and #Kelly #Loeffler#Kelly #LoefflerOssoff shuts down #Loeffler criticism of #Warnock: #She’s ‘been campaigning with a #Klansman’ #Jeff #Stein: #Battle over K direct payments ‘putting tremendous pressure’ on #Republican caucus #Kemp dismisses #Trump’s call to resign as ‘a distraction’ MORE (R-Ga.) are viewed as GOP senators who could potentially object, with #Tuberville’s campaign manager saying he’s considering and #Loeffler refusing to rule it out. #Other 2024 #White #House hopefuls including #Sens. #Ted #Cruz#Rafael (#Ted) #Edward #CruzHawley to challenge #Electoral #College results in #Senate #Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s #Electoral #College fight The #Memo: #Could #Pence run and win in 2024? MORE (#Texas), #Rand #Paul#Randal (#Rand) #Howard #PaulHawley to challenge #Electoral #College results in #Senate A vaccine, a #Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 GOP senator says he’ll block consent for ,000 stimulus checks MORE (#Ky.) and #Tom #Cotton#Tom #Bryant #CottonHawley to challenge #Electoral #College results in #Senate #Statues do not teach history #Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s #Electoral #College fight MORE (#Ark.) have refused to rule out objecting.

#Hawley said that other offices had reached out in the wake of his announcement to let him know they were interested.

“I would think that there would be more, but there may not be, I don’t know. #Too early to say,” #Hawley said.

GOP leaders view the high-profile fight as inevitable, though #Thune said he didn’t know yet of another GOP senator who will object.

“It’s a vote that, like I said, in the end we know how this comes out. #Now we’ve got to deal with it. I don’t know there’s much there we can do other than have that debate, that discussion, have the vote, let people vote their consciousness and move on,” #Thune said.

#Its. #John #Cornyn#John #CornynSenate poised to override #Trump’s defense bill veto #Push for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #Juan #Williams: The GOP’s problem with women of color MORE (R-Texas), an advisor to #McConnell, added “all it takes is one so it sounds like we’re going to be here for awhile.”

“There’s a lot of things I don’t want to happen that happen,” #Cornyn added. “So you just got to learn to deal with it. #And I think this is one of them.”





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