Senator Josh Hawley (R-Miss.) announced he would object to the Electoral College certification process and challenge Joe Biden’s election win when Congress convenes for its joint session on January 6.
“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,” Hawley said.
Josh Hawley became the first Senator to say he will object during Congress’s counting of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6.
Hawley released a statement Wednesday citing big-tech platforms interference in the election in support of Biden and saying election laws were broken in Pennsylvania.
“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. 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 said in the statement.
Josh Hawley also said Congress should at least be investigating the allegations of voter fraud.
“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,” Hawley continued.
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues,” Josh Hawley concluded.
How will the Electoral College certification process happen?
Any member of the lower chamber joined by at least one senator can contest the certification of the Electoral College vote.
Republican Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks and a group of House Republicans said they will attempt to reverse the results of the Jan. 6 presidential election by objecting, with Hawley’s support, a vote on the issue is now likely to be held.
Once an objection to a state’s votes is made, each house of Congress meets in their respective chambers, debates the objection for two hours and votes on whether to uphold the objection. Both the House and Senate must vote to uphold for the objection to become official.
Here’s what Rep Lance Gooden had to say about Hawley’s decision: “Senator Hawley has now joined dozens of my house colleagues and myself in OBJECTING on January 6th. This was a rigged election from the start and we cannot, in good faith, vote to certify this election. We will fight for President Trump and 75M disenfranchised voters!”
In an interview with The Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders program, Brooks said he believes the Electoral College vote can be rejected, and the election can ultimately be decided in the House of Representatives.
Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer “tried to strike Ohio for George Bush back in 2005, so this is not unusual,” Brooks said in an interview with Fox Business on Dec. 15. “The law is very clear, the House of Representatives in combination with the United States Senate has the lawful authority to accept or reject Electoral College vote submissions from states that have such flawed election systems that they’re not worthy of our trust.”
On last Saturday, President Trump called the Senate not once, but twice. In a string of tweets, the President said, “Time for Republican senators to step up and fight for the presidency like the Democrats would’ve done if they had actually won.”
Josh Hawley: 74 million Americans are not going to shut up.
Josh Hawley spoke at the hearing on Dec. 22: “After 4 years of being told the last election was fake, the same people are telling us if you have any concerns about election integrity you’re a nut case, sit down and shut up. That is not a recipe for success in this country.”
Sen. Josh Hawley introduces bill to ban ballot harvesting, protect election integrity
In this November, Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill to ban ballot harvesting during federal elections to protect election integrity in the midst of voter fraud allegations during last week’s presidential election.
Hawley’s bill seeks to improve the ability of campaigns to watch vote-counting operations, would require absentee or mail-in ballots to be counted, and require that ballot-counting continue after it is started. The third point likely is in reference to several states stopping vote-counting on Election Night before picking up the next day and later in the week.
“The debacle of the 2020 election has made clear that serious reforms are needed to protect the integrity of our elections. The American people deserve transparency—that means banning ballot harvesting, empowering poll watchers, and taking steps to ensure that all legally cast ballots are accounted for,” Hawley said. “The confusion and controversy of this past week is not acceptable, Congress must take action.”
According to a news release from Hawley, the bill would also “impose requirements, adapted from existing Florida law, that mandate the auditing of voting systems and the reporting in advance of preparations made for upcoming general elections.” (More detail)
Group of Republicans support Trump as he presses on with legal challenges against election fraud
A group of Republicans continue to support President Donald Trump’s ongoing legal challenges in response to widespread allegations of voter fraud, saying that though electors cast their votes on Dec. 14, it’s not over until Congress counts the electoral votes on Jan. 6.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declined a reporter’s request to acknowledge Biden as “president-elect.” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said the election won’t be over until Jan. 6, the day that lawmakers can challenge slates of electors. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) wouldn’t rule out lodging such a challenge.
“I think this process will end on January , which is when Congress has to certify the results of the Electoral College,” Josh Hawley told CBS.
“Obviously, the Electoral College is very significant. Their vote [was] very significant earlier, but the certification happens on January , and until then, I think President Trump certainly has every right to pursue the legal remedies he wants to pursue and to be heard.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is planning to lodge such a challenge but appears to not yet have found a Republican senator willing to work with him.
Two newly elected members of the House—Rep.-elect Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)—said they would back Brooks in challenging the electors.
Loeffler wouldn’t rule out challenging electors on Jan. 6. The Georgia senator is facing a run-off election days prior to the counting of the electoral votes.
“I haven’t looked at it,” Loeffler told reporters in Georgia. “January 6 is a long way out, and there’s a lot to play out between now and then.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Dec. 10 that he wouldn’t rule out challenging the electors. His office didn’t respond when asked whether the senator had made up his mind. (More detail)
What to know about Senator Josh Hawley
- Raised in rural Missouri, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley previously served as Missouri’s Attorney General. There he earned a reputation for taking on the big and the powerful to protect Missouri workers and families. He has battled big government and big business, special interests, organized crime, and anyone who would threaten the well-being of Missourians.
- After graduating from Stanford University in 2002 and Yale Law School in 2006, Josh Hawley moved back home to mid-Missouri with his wife, Erin, where they started a family. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Elijah and Blaise.
- Senator Hawley is recognized as one of the nation’s leading constitutional lawyers. He has litigated at the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeals, and in state court, fighting for the people’s liberties. He previously fought Obamacare at the Supreme Court — and won — as one of the lead attorneys in the landmark Hobby Lobby case. He was also a lead attorney in the Hosanna-Tabor case at the Supreme Court, protecting the rights of churches.
- Senator Josh Hawley has also taken on big opioid manufacturers, challenging their unethical marketing practices that helped create an epidemic of opioid abuse. He cracked down on human trafficking in Missouri, leading the largest anti-trafficking bust in Missouri history. And he stood up to big tech, launching investigations of the most powerful companies in the world—Google and Facebook—to protect Missourians, their data, and the First Amendment.
- The youngest Senator in America, Senator Josh Hawley serves on the Senate Committees on the Judiciary; Armed Services; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Committee on Aging.
(Source: Josh Hawley website)