In a statement on Saturday afternoon, 11 current and new GOP lawmakers said they wanted to turn down voters from states where they claimed “unprecedented allegations of electoral fraud, violations and lax enforcement of the law” were up to a 10-day review of the election surfaced results in each state has been completed.
“Election fraud has been an ongoing challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are controversial,” the group said. “In all respects, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 elections surpass those in our lives.”
The Republican group insisted that their efforts were not an attempt to thwart Biden or overthrow the elections, but rather were aimed at protecting “electoral integrity”. Likewise, Hawley said he hadn’t tried to overturn the election.
“These are matters worthy of Congress and which have been entrusted to us for defense,” the statement said on Saturday. “And each of us should work together to ensure that the constitutional elections were lawful and do all we can to restore confidence in our democracy.”
The GOP legislature group includes Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Cruz (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John Kennedy (La.) And James Lankford, Okla., As well as elected Sen. Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.) And Tommy Tuberville (Ala.).
Lankford, Johnson and Kennedy are up for re-election in 2022, and voting becomes a wedge issue within the Republican Party. Republicans who vote against Trump and allow Biden’s election to be confirmed could face major challenges. Trump has already endorsed a primary challenge to the Senate majority whip, John Thune (R-S.D.).
But many Republicans say the effort to question the election results doesn’t make much sense.
“There are good constitutional and other legal reasons to say: You had your day in court, 60 different lawsuits in state courts, you had an opportunity to appeal to the Supreme Court, and when I read the law, one state voted in favor of it is conclusive. So that’s kind of a location in the country, ”Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in an interview on Friday.
However, the eleven GOP senators said the courts should have investigated the problem: “Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these allegations of serious electoral fraud. Twice the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; the Tribunal refused twice. “
Hawley vowed Wednesday to question Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and other states as Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to confirm the 2020 election results.