6 Republican senators who might object during the Electoral College joint session
by Jon Fleetwood | December 17, 2020
Add Alabama Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville to the list of Republican members of Congress primed to object during the electoral vote-counting joint session on Jan. 6, 2021.
“You see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re going to have to do it in the Senate,” said Tuberville after a Georgia rally.
Tuberville will challenge the Electoral College in defiance of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is urging his fellow Republican senators not to object.
During a Tuesday caucus call, McConnell “urged colleagues not to object to states’ electoral votes when they are received on the House floor next month,” according to The Hill.
McConnell believes an objection would leave fellow GOP senators “in a bad position.”
When the electoral votes are counted, there will be an opportunity for objections to be raised and seconded during the congressional joint session next month. If this happens, there is a path for Donald Trump to win the presidency.
Alabama Representative Mo Brooks was among the first to reveal he plans to object during the Electoral College count.
Brooks will need one senator to second his objection. Rep.-elects Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, Barry Moore from Alabama, and Bob Good from Virginia have also committed to filing objections from the House of Representatives during the session, according to The Epoch Times.
Sen. Josh Hawley from Montana and Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas told Newsweek they remain “undecided.”
“This is the opportunity that House and Senate members have—the only real opportunity they have—formally in the process to raise any concerns,” Hawley said. “I do have significant concerns. Having said that, I’m still getting up to speed. I haven’t made a decision.”
According to Newsweek, Cruz “indicated he’s waiting for legal action to be completed.”
“They’re still multiple lawsuits underway, and legal proceedings need to conclude,” said Cruz. “The legal process needs to play out.”
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia also expressed ambivalence as to whether they will object to Joe Biden’s electors.
Loeffler says she “[has]n’t looked at it” but that “January 6 is a long way out, and there’s a lot to play out between now and then.”
President Trump has been pressuring Rand Paul to object. Trump reposted a tweet Thursday morning saying “Rand Paul states over TWO DOZEN states changed their elections laws without going through the legislatures,” according to the Daily Mail.
“I haven’t thought about it,” said Paul, “or made any plans to do anything.”
Paul has claimed, however, that he believes that “fraud happened” and that “the election in many ways was stolen.”
“A lot of the laws that have to be confirmed and I think reaffirmed are state laws, so it’s not in our purview,” the senator said. “But the state laws are set, and then we have federal elections. So, what we’ve heard about what happened in Wisconsin, what happened in Nevada, I think is absolutely true and we have to prevent it from happening again.”
With Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin as another possible objector, that makes at least six senators who could second an objection from Brooks or any other representative clearing for Trump a path to re-election.
Representative Andy Briggs from Arizona told Newsmax TV on Thursday that he is "leaning in heavy support of" Rep. Mo Brooks' plan to contest the 2020 presidential election.
Briggs' decision comes "because we’ve seen so many allegations."
The Arizona Rep. believes that widespread voter fraud did occur in the election.
"That’s important when you consider if you’re gonna object," said Briggs. "Don’t ever forget that in 2017 that’s exactly what Democrats did when they objected to the sitting of President Trump’s electors, and they did it in 2005, so this is not without precedent, what Mo’s suggested, and I’m with him on that because there’s so much fraud out there, we actually need to make the point."
Briggs, Brooks, and any other objecting congressional representative will require the support of one senator each in order to move their objection to the next phase of the process.