11 Senate Republicans say they will object to Electoral College results Wednesday

Source: The Hill | January 2, 2021 | Jordain Carney

Eleven Senate Republicans on Saturday announced that they will object to the Electoral College results Wednesday, when Congress convenes in a joint session to formally count the vote. 

GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), and Mike Braun (Ind.), and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) said in a joint statement that they will object to the election results until there is a 10-day audit.

“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” they said. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.

“Accordingly, we intend to vote on Jan. 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they added. 

The group’s announcement now means that at least a dozen GOP senators will object on Wednesday. GOP Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.) was the first senator to announce he would be joining a band of House conservatives to force a debate and vote on the Electoral College results. ;

Cruz, like Hawley, is considered to be a potential 2024 White House contender.

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    Mr. Rothkopf is right Unfortunately, I don’t see any of them being charged with sedition, treason or anything else. It will be up to the voters to vote them out when any of them are up for re-election.

    Talking the other day with a friend who asked what would the Founders do in a situation like this. I don’t believe they would ever have anticipated anything like this and none of them would have supported an attempt to overturn a fair and proper election. But I do know that any attempt to steal an election away from the duly elected winner, particularly by attempting to have votes in favor of that winner discarded, would have resulted in swift action by the Founders. The perpetrators would have been arrested immediately, likely tried, convicted and hanged.

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    “Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th, and no publicity stunt will change that,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued Saturday.

    “For a group of my Republican colleagues to claim that they want an additional federal ‘commission’ to supersede state certifications when the votes have already been counted, recounted, litigated, and state-certified, amounts to nothing more than an attempt to subvert the will of the voters,” she added.

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