A group of 11 pro-Trump Republican Senators will object to Joe Biden’s electoral college win – and demand an investigation into alleged fraud.
Several backers of President Donald Trump will join Missouri’s Josh Hawley in rejecting Biden, with more to follow when Congress reconvenes to formally validate the Electoral College votes on January 6.
In early December, Mr Biden solidified his win after gaining 306 electoral votes to Mr Trump’s 232 after all 538 electors met in their respective states to cast their votes for president.
However, the 11 senators on Saturday US time released a statement confirming their rejection of the election result – and would seek to launch an independent commission into the president’s claim of voter fraud.
Ted Cruz is among the pro-Trump group rejecting the electoral college vote when it reaches Congress on Wednesday.
According to the Hill, the 11 Senators include Rand Paul, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, James Lankford, Steve Daines and Mike Braun.
The rebel group also includes incoming senators Bill Hagerty (TN), Tommy Tuberville (AL) and Cynthia Lummis (WY), all of whom shared a ballot with Trump.
The statement, signed on behalf of the 11 senators, read: “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.”
“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.”
It added: “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.”
However their statement concluded that their opposition would not change much.
“We are not naive. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue,” it read.
“A fair and credible audit — conducted expeditiously and completed well before Jan. 20 — would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President.”
The news comes after Missouri senator Josh Hawley announcement on Wednesday that he will contest the electoral college vote certification that secured Biden’s win.
His objection would guarantee debate and vote in the House and Senate on the Electoral College results, according to The Hill.
Hawley said in a statement: “I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.
“And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
Meanwhile, President Trump hyped a “BIG Protest Rally” in Washington the same day “140 Republicans” plan to vote against certifying Joe Biden as the election winner.
Trump’s tweet came just hours after the last-ditch effort to deny Biden the presidency was revealed by two GOP members of the House of Representatives.
The reps told CNN this week that dozens of Republicans are set to vote against certifying the 78-year-old President-elect when Congress formally validates the Electoral College votes on Jan 6.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is not expected to join the Republican faction.
McConnell is expected to vote to certify for Biden and has dubbed the looming vote as “the most consequential” he has ever cast, three sources revealed to AXIOS.
He was paraphrased by one of the sources as saying: “I’m finishing 36 years in the Senate and I’ve cast a lot of big votes.
“And in my view, just my view, this is will be the most consequential I have ever cast.”
The source explained: “The context was McConnell saying we’re being asked to overturn the results after a guy didn’t get as many electoral votes and lost by 7 million popular votes.”
Following Hawley’s statement to object on December 30, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse slammed fellow Republicans who are planning to vote against the Electoral College count.
“The president and his allies are playing with fire,” he said in the Facebook post.
“If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission