A group of House Republicans is planning one last attempt to reverse the results of the election and keep President TrumpDonald TrumpOne person shot in Washington state during violent election protest Pro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations COVID-19 infections spread rapidly as officials race to distribute vaccine MORE in the White House by challenging the Electoral College vote tally as it is counted by Congress and certified by the vice president on Jan. 6.
According to The New York Times, the new strategy is being spearheaded by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksMembers of both parties hail Supreme Court decision Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump’s election challenges GOP senator won’t rule out challenging Electoral College results in Congress MORE (R-Ala.) and involves challenging the election results in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Wisconsin, all states that Biden won and where some Republicans have baselessly claimed voter fraud and illegal voting took place.
In an interview with the Times, Brooks said, “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.”
“What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict,” Brooks added.
The Times notes that thelongshot effort from the GOP members to reverse the election would put Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWill Team Biden cede preeminence in space to the Chinese? Biden to campaign in Georgia for Democrats in Senate runoffs Pence introduces ‘the Artemis generation’ astronauts for moon mission MORE, who has the constitutional duty to declare a winner, in a tough spot.
“The role the V.P. plays in the transition is something that people have never focused on and never think about, but with Donald Trump, you now have to consider all the possibilities.” Gregory B. Craig, an Obama-era White House counsel, told the newspaper.
The Times notes that former Vice Presidents Richard Nixon and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreSunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Biden forms team of insiders Kneecapping the Biden White House MORE certified elections results in which they lost, even though Gore was pressured to reject the highly contested 2000 presidential outcome.
The Electoral College is expected to gather on Monday and elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations Castro says ‘there’s still work to do’ on Biden Cabinet diversity Robert Zoellick says human rights, European relations to play key roles in Biden foreign policy MORE as the next president. As the Times notes, though Pence will be reluctant to declare Biden as the winner, doing otherwise could endanger his political future as he plans his career after the White House.
The Electoral Count Act of 1887 requires challenges to be submitted with a senator’s signature, the Times notes, but so far no GOP senators have explicitly said they would go along with such a plan in the House. Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Cruz signals tough road for Biden nominees until election lawsuits resolved Senate squabbling sparks shutdown threat MORE (R-Wyo.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Senate approves funding bill by voice vote to avert shutdown Senate passes defense bill, setting up Trump veto fight MORE (R-Kenn.) have reportedly indicated that they are open to it.
However, even if this action is successful, it would still require the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and the GOP-controlled Senate to both agree to disqualify the results, an outcome that is nearly impossible to occur, the newspaper notes.
The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) last week that sought to overturn the results of the election in four battleground states. The suit was supported by 18 other attorney generals in GOP-controlled states and 126 House Republicans.
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