Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said Wednesday he will object on Jan. 6 to certification of the Electoral College’s selection of President-elect Joe Biden.
His objection guarantees a last stand by President Trump, who unsuccessfully argued in lawsuits that fraud handed narrow wins to Biden in swing states.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did,” Hawley said in a statement.
“And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
Hawley continued: “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.”
Some House Republicans already said they would object to the results, but they needed a senator’s objection to trigger actual floor votes on whether to accept the outcome. After the challenge is made, the House and Senate will vote independently on whether to accept the Electoral College results. Because Democrats hold the House, the challenge is likely to be defeated.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had urged senators not to object, saying it would force Republicans to oppose Trump.
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