Senator Ted Cruz and 10 other Republican Senators have released a statement.
The statement calls for a delay of certification, and a 10-day investigation into accusations of wrongdoing.
The statement reads “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.”
“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,” the statement continues.”
“We are not naïve,” the statement adds “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. A fair and credible audit-conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20-would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People.
“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy,” the statement concludes.
You can read the full statement here.
The Senators joining Cruz are:
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
James Lankford, Oklahoma
Steve Daines, Montana
John Kennedy, Louisiana
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
Mike Braun, indiana
Cynthia Lummis; Wyoming
Roger Marshall, Kansas
Bill Hagerty, Tennessee
Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
RELEASE: My statement in advance of the Electoral College certification process on January 6, 2021.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 2, 2021