The surprising challenge of President Donald Trump’s defeat in Joe Biden’s election is becoming a decisive moment before the next week’s parliamentary joint meeting for Republicans to check the electoral college results.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is urging Republicans not to try to overturn elections, but not everyone is throwing him away. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley pledges to join Republicans in the House of Representatives opposing state counting. On the other side of the party split, Nebraska’s GOP Senator Ben Sasse warns that such a challenge is a “dangerous maneuver” that threatens the country’s civic norms.
Vice President Mike Pence, caught in the middle, faces increasingly pressure and lawsuits from Trump’s allies for his ceremonial role in presiding over Wednesday meetings.
The days to come are expected to have little impact on the results. Biden is expected to take office on January 20 after winning the electoral vote 306-232. However, efforts to break the will of voters are forcing Republicans to make choices that will outline the post-Trump era and the evolving GOP.
“I am not going to be involved in a project that reverses the election,” Sasse wrote in a long social media post.
Sase, a potential 2024 presidential nominee, said “I am urging my colleagues to reject this dangerous trick as well.”
Trump, the first president to lose a reelection bid in nearly 30 years, attributed his defeat to voter scams despite consensus from partisan election officials. Almost all of the approximately 50 lawsuits submitted by the President and his allies with challenging election results have been dismissed or canceled. He was also defeated twice in the US Supreme Court.
Nevertheless, the president pushed the Republican senators to pursue unfounded accusations, even though the electoral group had already confirmed Biden’s victory, and what was left was Congress officially recognized the count before the new president took office.
“We’re getting people to vote for their conscience,” said second-place Republican Senator John Thun to reporters at the Capitol.
Thune’s remarks as the Republican whip in charge of rounding the ballot show that the Republican leadership is not empowering Trump’s demands and allows the senator to choose his own career path. He noted the importance of questioning the election results.
“This is very consequential, very rare historically, and very precedent,” he said. “This is a big vote. They are thinking about it.”
The pence will generally be watched carefully while presiding over the usual number of votes in Congress, but it is now heading for a long-term confrontation that could be extended to Wednesday nights depending on how many challenges Hawley and others pose.
The vice president was sued by a group of Republicans who wanted Pence to have the power to overturn election results by repealing a 1887 law explaining how Congress handled votes.
Trump’s Justice Department may have already complicated a very impossible effort to overturn the January 6 ritual number. I asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, the last gasp of Congressman Louis Gomert, R-Texas and a group of Republican electors. A native of Arizona trying to force Pence to go beyond consciousness and shape voting results.
In a Texas court case, the Bureau said that it “proclaimed the wrong defendant,” and that Pence should not be subject to legal action.
“A lawsuit proving that the Vice President has discretion is a legal contradiction brought against the Vice President.”
A Texas judge dismissed the Gomert case on Friday night. The Trump nominee, US District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, wrote that the plaintiffs are alleging a fairly untraceable injury to Pence and are unlikely to be corrected by the relief action requested.
To prevent the dramatic release, McConnell said Thursday that he convened a meeting with Republican senators to specifically discuss plans for an upcoming joint meeting and voting count, and several Republicans have given anonymity to discuss the closed phone call.
The Republican leader pointed out to Hawley to answer questions about his challenge to Biden’s victory.
But because Hawley was a no-show, there was no reaction, the Republican said.
His office did not respond to requests for comment.
Senator Pat Toomey, who acknowledged Biden’s victory and advocated that his state’s electoral system was valid and correct, called and made it clear that he disagrees with Hawley’s plan to challenge Pennsylvania’s results and challenge them. It. , His office said in a statement.
McConnell previously warned GOP senators not to join the appeal, saying it would be a terrible vote for colleagues. Essentially, lawmakers have to choose between the will of the outgoing president and the will of the voters.
Several Republicans say they are under pressure from their homeland voters to show that Trump is fighting for Trump in an unfounded campaign to stay in power.
Hawley will be the first GOP senator this week to announce that Congress will challenge when it meets to confirm Biden’s election victory, forcing House and Senate votes that could potentially delay the final verification of Biden’s victory. Will do.
Other Republican senators are also expected to join Hawley, wary of turning the spotlight on him as they try to emerge as leaders of the post-Trump era.
Several Republicans of the Democratic majority have already said they will oppose on behalf of Trump. They only needed one senator to go with them to force a vote in both rooms.
When Biden was Vice President, he also presided over the meeting as the electoral corps submitted a 2016 ballot to Congress to confirm Trump’s winner. The session was short despite opposition from some Democrats.
Jen Psaki, who represents the Biden Transition Team, dismissed Hawley’s move as “antics” that had nothing to do with Biden, who swore on January 20th.