Growing number of GOP senators follow Hawley’s protest
A joint session of Congress is set to convene in two days to certify the electoral votes but a growing number of Republican lawmakers, in an unprecedented move, is vocally challenging the election results.
In the U.S. Senate, 11 GOP senators or senators-elect led by Sen. Ted Cruz have vowed to challenge the votes in contested states and are demanding an “emergency 10-day audit,” Fox News reported.
“By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” reads a statement by the senators. “Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 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.”
GOP senators or senators-elect who have joined Cruz (pictured below) are Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Bill Hagerty, and Tommy Tuberville.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley became the first GOP senator to announce he is challenging the electoral certification, a move that followed numerous conservative House lawmakers who have announced their objections.
One News Now reported in a Jan. 2 story, citing a CNN story, that 140-plus House lawmakers have announced they will refuse to certify the contested election results.
Reacting to Sen. Hawley’s announcement last week, constitutional attorney Phillip Jauregui of Judicial Action Group tells One News Now he was grateful to witness Hawley show courage by joining the House Republicans.
“We all believe, with good reason, that Donald Trump won the election on November 3 and the other side has been trying to steal it,” Jauregui says. “So this is the right step to take.”
Some cynical political observers see old-fashioned politics at play with GOP senators eyeing the 2024 presidential race and wanting to woo Trump supporters.
At least one conservative senator, Tom Cotton, has split from his colleagues and warned that Senate action would establish “unwise precedents” and Congress would “exceed” its power if lawmakers overturn the results of the Electoral College.
According to Fox News, back in the House, Sen. Cotton’s warning is similar to a statement released jointly by GOP lawmakers Chip Roy, Kelly Armstrong, Ken Buck, Mike Gallagher, Nancy Mace, Thomas Massie, and Tom McClintock.
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