A group of GOP House lawmakers is planning a last-ditch effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election results on Jan. 6 by challenging the electors in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada, reports The New York Times.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is spearheading the effort, though he’ll need at one least senator to join him in order for an objection to get a debate. No Republican senator has stepped forward yet, though Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky have signaled they would be open to participating.
Once an objection is filed each chamber would have to debate for two hours and then vote on whether to disqualify a state’s votes. Both chambers would then have to agree to disqualify the state’s votes, an outcome that is nearly impossible, reports the Times.
“We have a superior role under the Constitution than the Supreme Court does, than any federal court judge does, than any state court judge does,” Brooks said in an interview with the Times. “What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict.”
The long-shot effort from the GOP members would put Vice President Mike Pence in a tough spot as he has the constitutional duty to declare a winner.
Edward B. Foley, a constitutional law professor at Ohio State University who has written extensively on the electoral process, told the Times the GOP effort will fail.
“The Jan. 6 meeting is going to confirm that regardless of how many objections get filed and who signs on, they are not going to affect the outcome of the process,” he said. “We can say that with clear confidence.”
The Electoral College will formally cast a majority of its votes for Joe Biden on Monday.
President Donald Trump vows to continue his fight against the push to declare Joe Biden the president elect, saying “some of the states got rigged and robbed from us.”
“It’s not over, we’re going to keep going, we’re going to continue to go forward,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Trump noted “the election was rigged – by the Democrats,” and specifically “local Democrats, they outsmarted state Republicans.”
“Essentially, in five or six states, the local people who run it, rigged the election,” Trump said.
Adding later “What happened to this country, we were like a third-world country.”
Trump rejected the certified elections in key battleground states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, calling the latter’s GOP Gov. Brian Kemp “worse than a Democrat.”
Trump did admit the time is a challenge, noting Jan. 6 is when the House receives the electoral college vote envelopes from Monday’s official votes in each state capitol.
“We’re going to speed it up as much as we can, but you can only go so fast,” Trump told Brian Kilmeade at the Army-Navy football game Saturday. “They give us very little time. But we caught them, as you know, as fraudulent, dropping ballots, doing so many things, nobody can even believe it. Dead people voting. All far greater than the number of votes we need.”
Trump added he is continuing his fight to avoid the country having an “illegitimate president,” decrying the fact the U.S. Supreme Court rejects his legal challenge as having “standing.”
“I’m president of the United States; I just got 75 million votes,” Trump said. “The biggest number of votes in the history of our country even gotten by a sitting president.”